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Prep Wrap: Royals snap 8-game losing skid

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The Eastern Hancock boys basketball team snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 56-49 victory over Shenandoah Saturday.

The Royals led 24-23 at the half, then secured an eight-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter with a 15-8 third period.

Shane McCormick equaled a season-high with 16 points for visiting EH. He added four rebounds and three steals.

Victor Vincz (14 points, three assists) and Cody Wallace (11 points, nine rebounds) also contributed for the blue and white.

The eight straight losses for EH were the most in a row for the program since the 2005-06 team dropped eight consecutive games from Dec. 29, 2005 to Feb. 1, 2006.

Terick Warner had 15 points for Shenandoah (6-7), who have lost five straight to the Royals (3-11).

EH hosts Greenfield-Central (2-10) on Saturday.

Girls basketball

Eastern Hancock 61, Waldron 55

Playing its first game in over a week, EH staved off a late run by host Waldron to secure its 13th triumph of the year, the most for the program since the 2002-03 squad won 16 games.

The Royals were ahead 39-26 after the third quarter, then held off a spirited final eight minutes from the Mohawks.

With the win, EH moved to 5-2 in Mid-Hoosier play and into third place in the conference standings behind Indian Creek (7-0) and North Decatur (4-1).

Kiersten Schrope tallied 19 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and six assists for the blue and white, who also got contributions from Hannah Best (13 points, eight steals), Peyton Neisler (nine points, six rebounds) and Lauren Harmon (seven points, five rebounds).

“Coming off an eight-day layoff I knew it was going to be a difficult game. We got up 11-13 points in the second half, but just could not put them away,” EH coach Jeremy Powers said. “Waldron is a much better team than their record indicates, and they gave us everything we wanted and more.”

Heather Schuneman had 19 points for Waldron (4-13, 2-5 MHC). Leanna Harker added 15 points and 13 rebounds.

EH (13-4) welcomes Tri (10-8) Thursday.

Rushville 65, New Palestine 38

The Dragons dropped a Hoosier Heritage Conference contest Saturday, falling to the visiting Lions.

Rushville jumped out to a 16-3 first-quarter lead.

Natalie Kehrt had a career-best 12 points and went 7-of-10 from the foul line for NP.

Haley Stratman added nine points and three rebounds. Emma Laughlin notched eight points and two steals.

Mackenzie Campbell had 21 points for the Lions (15-2, 6-1 HHC).

NP (3-14, 1-5 HHC) hosts Lawrence Central (6-9) Wednesday.


Royals 2-3 at Cardinal Ritter

The Eastern Hancock wrestling team finished 2-3 at the Cardinal Ritter Super 6 Saturday.

EH beat Ritter 59-36 and Guerin Catholic 48-33, while falling to Whiteland 39-36, Triton Central 66-3 and Crawfordsville 54-30.

Garrett Janes (126 pounds), Nathan Kell (138) Dakota Myers (160) went 4-1 on the day.

Kirby Petry (132), Hunter Knopp (170) and Kenny Delph (182) finished 3-2.

The Royals are at the sectional meet at Shenandoah Saturday.

Cougars 4-1 at MV

In its final tune-up before Saturday’s sectional meet, Greenfield-Central finished 4-1 at the Mt. Vernon 6-Way.

The Cougars (15-7) beat Shelbyville 70-9, Mt. Vernon 69-12, Southmont 34-31 and Greenwood 61-13. G-C lost to Franklin 44-16.

Undefeated on the day were Taylor Wright (4-0, 113 pounds), Josh Farrell (5-0, 152) and Austin Rose (5-0, 170).

Farrell is 34-0 entering the postseason.

Sam Locke (132), Cameron Nuckols (182) and Tyler Beeson (HWT) finished 4-1.

The sectional meet is Saturday morning at Warren Central.


G-C girls, boys 0-2 at Fishers

The Greenfield-Central girls swimming and diving team dropped both of its matches at the Fishers Invitational Saturday.

The Cougars lost 107-75 to Fishers and 111-75 to Ft. Wayne Carroll.

“After four meets in one week, the girls were swimming pretty tired. They did a nice job overall,” said G-C girls coach Emily Logan, who added that Miranda Mazza, Lydia Wasson, Sammie Presslor and Polly Baggott took time off in their events.

The boys team fell 107-79 to Fishers and 111-75 to Carroll.

Second-place finishers were earned by Drew Logan (500 freestyle), Bailey Willoughby (100 backstroke) as well as the 400 freestyle relay (Logan, Cody Wilburn, Jordan Cermak, Willoughby).

“This was the boys’ toughest competition of the season against teams ranked No. 7 (Fishers) and No. 8 (Carroll) in the state,” G-C boys coach Mark Logan said. “The tough competition did bring out some swims from many of the guys who had to step in for some missing swimmers.”

G-C (6-6-1) is at the sectional meet Saturday at New Palestine.

Royals seventh at Warren Central

Eastern Hancock competed at the Warren Central Invitational Saturday, with the boys team (129 points) and the girls (117) both taking seventh place.

The Royals are in action Wednesday, traveling to Hagerstown for a tri-meet with Hagerstown and Rushville.

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