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Prep Wrap: Cougars clinch share of 1st HHC title

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Greenfield-Central defeated Yorktown Thursday to capture the program’s first-ever Hoosier Heritage Conference girls basketball title.

Freshman standout Madison Wise scored a game-high 26 points for the Cougars in their 47-28 victory.

G-C (12-5, 5-1 HHC) will share the HHC championship with Mt. Vernon/Pendleton Heights if either of those two squads win their conference finales on Saturday.

MV (13-4, 4-1) will host Delta (5-9, 1-4) while Pendleton Heights will take on Yorktown (10-5, 1-4).

“It’s a great feeling,” G-C coach Doug Laker said of the championship. “So proud of the girls for all the hard work they’ve put in. It’s all about the program for them.”

Regan Lewis had nine points for the Cougars and Savannah Girolami had five points, including a 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter to stake the visitors to a 33-19 lead.

The Cougars also won a conference JV title. They beat Yorktown 34-27 to finish 5-1 in the conference, which has seven teams this season following the departure of Rushville. The HHC will be an eight-team league again next season when New Castle arrives.

Madeline Gibson had 10 points for the JV Cougars.

The Cougars will visit Warren Central Saturday, then watch the sectional draw on Sunday.

“That’s what we want ... to keep winning championships,” Laker said.


Mt. Vernon 56, New Castle 50

The Marauders responded from their conference loss Friday at Greenfield with a win over possible sectional foe New Castle.

MV led 21-20 at halftime, then outscored the Trojans 17-10 in the third quarter to take control.

With the win, Mt. Vernon avoided back-to-back losses. MV hasn’t lost two straight since the 2011-12 season.

New Castle, giving up less than 40 points a night going in, dropped to 13-3 on the year. MV’s 56 points were the third most the Trojans allowed this season.

The Marauders can wrap up a share of their fourth straight conference title with a win at Delta Saturday.

Sophomore Laura Thomas led New Castle with 14 points.

Tri 46, Eastern Hancock 43

Class A No. 13 Tri handed the 2A No. 4 Royals their second straight loss.

Kiersten Schrope (11 points, six rebounds, five steals), Peyton Neisler (six points) and Darby Shaw (five points, nine rebounds) led EH, which fell to Class A No. 2 Southwestern on Wednesday

“A great game between 2 great teams,” EH coach Jeremy Powers said. “It was an emotional, physical game as the two teams combined to shoot 56 free throws and 45 fouls.

“We had many shots that just didn’t fall in the last three minutes of the game. I am very proud of my kids tonight. We will be just fine and get back on track.”

Eastern Hancock (6-1 Mid-Hoosier Conference) will play its third game in four days when it visits Hauser (9-9, 4-1) Saturday in a return to conference action.

Swimming and diving

Mt. Vernon, Irish split

On senior night, the host Mt. Vernon boys defeated Cathedral 127-48 and the MV girls were edged 97-86.

The Marauders honored veteran swimmers and divers Nicole Dowd, Eve Gonzales, Allie Schafer, Maddie Powell, Jansen Nicholson, Drew Scott, Cody Hayes and Colin Harrison.

In the boys meet, MV winners were Harrison in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke, Scott in the 100 freestyle, Cole Case in the 500 freestyle,  Zane Smith in the 100 breaststroke. Dixon Tierney in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly and Zach Ball in diving.

For the MV girls, winning events were Powell in the 100 butterfly, Haley Moore in the 50 freestyle and Maddy King in diving.

EH swept by Elwood in dual, compete in 3-way

Host Elwood took two from Eastern Hancock Thursday, winning the girls meet 124-45 and the boys meet 100-61.

First-place finishes for the Royal girls went to Shelby Kell (100, 200 freestyle) and Amanda Dickmander (500 freestyle).

Deven Grose (200 freestyle), Bryce Burkhart (200 individual medley) and Sam Carlton (50 freestyle, 100 backstroke) prevailed for the boys.

A new school record was set by the boys 200 yard freestyle relay of Carlton, Grose, Burkhart and Cole Cochard. That quartet now holds all three EH relay records.

The Royals also recently partook in a 3-way meet with Hagerstown and Rushville.

The girls’ results were as follows: Hagerstown 80, Rushville 13; EH 47, Rushville 40; and Hagerstown 76, EH 18.

Dickmander won the 500 freestyle for the Royals.

As for the boys competition, EH beat Rushville and Hagerstown 55-34 and 57-30, respectively. Hagerstown topped Rushville 39-34.

Burkhart (200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke) and Carlton (50 freestyle, 100 backstroke) won for the Royals.


Dragons top Roncalli

No. 16-ranked New Palestine beat visiting Roncalli Thursday.  Several members of the New Palestine gymnastics team established season-high scores in a 100.35-95.975 dual meet victory.

The  Dragons won all four events, plus the all-around, with Annabelle Dockins winning vault (8.95) and balance beam (8.875), and Kate Fee taking uneven bars (8.85) and floor exercise (8.925). All were season-high scores.

Fee (35.5) and Dockins were 1-2 in the all-around. Fee was second Dockins on vault and balance beam, Dockins second to Fee on uneven bars and floor exercise.

Other top-six finishers for the Dragons were Rylee Elsea (third on floor exercise, sixth on vault) and Kylie Zehner (fourth on floor exercise). Zehner was also sixth in the all-around.


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