Cougars down Tigers; MV blasts Howe

Derek Conley scored 15 points and the Greenfield-Central boys basketball team dominated the first half against Triton Central Saturday on the way to the Cougars’ second win of the year.

Conley, the Cougars’ senior guard, led the team in scoring, with Tate Hall (12 points) and Jordan Keener (11 points) contributing to G-C’s 56-39 win over the visiting Tigers (2-12).

The 4A Cougars (2-9) outscored the 2A Tigers 31-14 in the first half. Jordan Thurman scored 12 points to lead the Tigers, who entered the game with a two-game win streak following a 10-game skid to open the season.

Greenfield-Central will aim for its first winning streak of the year when it hosts Shelbyville Saturday. The Cougars (0-3 Hoosier Heritage Conference) have defeated the Golden Bears (2-10, 0-3 HHC) two straight seasons: 66-55 last year and 69-62 in double overtime two years ago.

Greenfield-Central’s other win this season was against Eastern Hancock 54-53, Dec. 27, in the Han-cock County Tourney semifinals.

In the Cougars’ JV game Saturday, Griffin Lowe scored 18 points to lead G-C past Triton Central 57-44.

Boys basketball

Mt. Vernon 56, Indianapolis Howe 41

Anthony Burnett scored a season-high 14 points and Zach Spears equaled a season-high with 12 points in the Class 3A No. 2 Marauders’ 12th straight win to open the season.

The victory also likely secured a No. 1-ranking when the Associated Press poll is released Monday. Current No. 1 Greensburg suffered its first loss Friday to Batesville, 72-65.

Against Howe (5-4) — a common Sectional 26 opponent — the Marauders led 38-32 entering the final quarter, then outscored the Hornets 18-9 to close the contest.

Dating to last season, MV has held 14 straight opponents to 50 points or less.

Burnett chipped in eight assists, six steals and six rebounds Saturday. Spears pulled down nine rebounds. Stephen Turner (11 points) and Dan Werner (eight points). Hancock County leading scorer CJ Coleman (18.7 points per game) had a season-low six points as he battled foul trouble.

Mt. Vernon will now take an ex-tended break; it won’t return to the court until Jan. 25 at home against 4A Connersville (6-7).

Union County 56, Eastern Hancock 37

The Royals (2-10) fell behind 13-4 in the first quarter and never recovered on the way to their seventh-straight loss.

Cody Wallace (13 points), Victor Vincz (eight points), Garrett Lee (six points) and Cole Fout (nine rebounds) paced EH against the Patriots (8-4), who could face the Royals again in Sectional 41.

EH is in the midst of its longest losing streak since the 2005-06 squad dropped eight straight and finished 6-15, which marked the last season the Royals failed to win at least 10 games.

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