Royals improve to 2-2

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Ryan Curry recorded his fourth 20-point game of the season, but it wasn’t enough as Franklin Central defeated Curry’s New Palestine squad, 73-52.

Curry, the Dragons’ junior guard, had 26 points, while Jalen Bell (21 points) and Marcus Bank (19 points) led the victorious Flashes (5-2).

Franklin Central, the defending champ of Sectional 13, which includes New Palestine, led 14-5 after the first quarter and closed the game on a 19-8 run.

Curry, the only Dragon in double figures, added 10 rebounds. Connor Roach had nine points.

New Palestine (4-2) is off until Jan. 4 at Beech Grove (5-1).

Eastern Hancock 63, Cambridge City Lincoln 58

The Royals (2-2) evened their season record with a road win at fellow Sectional 41 foe CCL (1-3).

Ryan Speas had 14 points to lead three Royals in double figures. Derrik Noel (11 points, three blocks), Garrett Hancock (10 points), Cole Fout (nine points) and Cooper Henderson (eight points, 10 rebounds, four assists) aided the balanced effort.

Eastern Hancock (0-1 Mid-Hoosier will return from the holiday break Jan. 3 to visit MHC opponent Southwestern (0-5, 0-1 MHC).

Girls basketball

Yorktown 43, New Palestine 30

The Tigers outscored the visiting Dragons 12-4 in the third quarter to take control of the Hoosier Heritage Conference contest.

Katie Wolfert had a game-high 19 points for Yorktown (6-2, 1-1 HHC).

Emma Laughlin (nine points) and Haley Stratman (six points) led New Palestine (4-6, 2-3 HHC).

The Dragons will play the last of six straight conference games when they return to the court Jan. 3 at Pendleton Heights (7-3, 3-1 HHC).

Mt. Vernon 58, North Central 44

Coach Julie Shelton picked up her 250th career victory and the Marauders won their third straight game.

Ariana Sandefur fueled MV with 20 points. She got help from Sydney Shelton (17 points, five assists), Olivia Coleman (11 points, seven rebounds, four steals, four assists) and Sadie Baugh (six points, seven rebounds).

“One of our best team efforts of the season,” said Shelton, in her 16th year at MV. “For sure our best defensive and rebounding game.”

The Marauders improved to 7-2. In all of the victories, they’ve held opponents to 56 or fewer points; in the losses, they allowed 65 (to Rushville) and 72 points (to Anderson).

North Central, a 51-37 winner over Mt. Vernon last season, fell to 4-5.

The Marauders will participate for the first time Saturday in the Martinsville Classic. With the cancellation of the Hancock County Tournament after last year’s event, MV filled the opening in its schedule with the four-team tourney at Martinsville.

Jennings County (3-4) will take on Plainfield at 10 a.m., followed by Mt. Vernon-Martinsville (4-5) at noon, MV-Plainfield (7-2) at 6 p.m. and Jennings County-Martinsville at 8 p.m.

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