FORTVILLE — Pendleton Heights wasn’t interested in running up and down the court with the Mt. Vernon boys basketball team Friday.
In a Hoosier Heritage Conference matchup, the defending HHC champions Arabians sought to make it a slow-it-down affair and, for much of the first half, they succeeded.
As soon as the Marauders adjusted to the pace, however, the host black-and-gold ran away with the game.
Mt. Vernon extended a 17-14 halftime lead with a 13-2 run to start the third quarter on the way to a 49-37 victory.
“We wanted to look more for good shots,” said senior forward Stephen Turner, who scored 11 of his game-high 18 points in the decisive third quarter. “And don’t try and rush things, because we know if we take a quick shot we have to go back on defense for another 30 seconds, which just makes things harder on ourselves. So, we knew if we could work the ball and get a more high quality shot, then we would probably be okay.”