FORTVILLE — Sydney Shelton was in the rare position of making it nearly all the way through her sophomore season without experiencing a “permanent” loss.
When Shelton’s Marauders walked off the court at the Spartan Bowl in Connersville on Feb. 15, their sectional championship loss to Anderson meant a second consecutive state title trophy would not grace the Mt. Vernon High School athletic entrance.
Shelton netted a game-high 19 points in the Marauders’ 43-41, season-ending loss. One year earlier, then-freshman Shelton scorched Hamilton Heights for 29 points, including a 3A State Finals record five 3-pointers, in a 61-47 MV victory.
Ending 2014 with a loss — at the sectional level, no less — took some getting used to.
“I was in a bad mood, because I was used to going to State,” Shelton said. “It was just really hard ending that one day and knowing that your friends that are still going on will be playing the next Saturday and you won’t be.”