The Mt. Vernon girls basketball team handled Pendleton Heights 56-33 Saturday in a Hoosier Heritage Conference showdown.
The visiting Marauders fell behind 8-4 after the first quarter, but outscored the Arabians 52-25 in the final three frames.
Erica Moore (16 points, 10 rebounds), Sydney Shelton (16 points), Rachel Houck (nine points, three steals), Shaely Duff (seven points, five rebounds, four steals) and Ariana Sandefur (five points) led the defending HHC champ Marauders.
The Arabians (5-2, 2-1 HHC) were paced by Kenzie Gustin’s 11 points.
MV (5-1, 2-0 HHC) hosts Anderson (4-1) today.
Eastern Hancock 49, Union County 42
The Royals garnered their first win away from home Saturday to improve to 4-2.
EH was down 27-18 at the break, but rallied behind Kristin Eischen’s second-half totals of 14 points and seven rebounds.
“She gave us a spark on both ends of the floor by blocking shots, running the floor, and hitting timely baskets,” EH coach Jeremy Powers said of Eischen. “However, I want to compliment the entire team as they responded to our halftime speech, and got after Union County in the second half only allowing 15 second half points. They responded to the challenge, and helped fight out a pesky Union County team.”
Eischen finished with 17 points and eight rebounds, both game-highs. Kiersten Schrope added 13 points, six assists and four steals. Hannah Best notched 10 points, three assists and four steals. Lauren Harmon and Peyton Neisler contributed with six rebounds apiece.
The Royals are at North Decatur (2-3) for a Mid-Hoosier Conference contest today.
Rushville 52, Greenfield-Central 43
For the fifth time in as many games, the host Cougars wound up on the short end of the scoreboard.
G-C trailed 21-16 at the half and 43-36 after three quarters.
Scoring leaders for the Cougars were Emily Koers (12 points), Sara Jones (eight points), Shelby Oldham (eight points) and Savannah Girolami (six points).
G-C (1-5, 0-2 HHC) hosts New Palestine Friday.
Delta 40, New Palestine 34
The Dragons led 22-21 after three quarters, but were outscored 19-12 by the home team in the final eight minutes and dropped their HHC opener.
NP was paced by Haley Stratman (10 points, five rebounds, three steals) and Natalie Kehrt (nine points, six rebounds).
The Dragons (1-4) are at Shelbyville (0-6) today.
New Palestine 73, Rushville 47
Storming out of the gates to a 17-4 first-quarter lead, the Dragons never looked back and cruised to an easy victory in their first conference contest.
Michael Morris scored 20 or more points for the third time in four games, and ended up with 23 points in addition to a season-high 15 rebounds, six of which were offensive.
Brandon Jonas (12 points, four rebounds), Ryan Curry (seven points, four assists, three steals), Sam Larrabee (nine points, four rebounds and Seth Cox (eight points, four rebounds, two blocks) aided Morris.
NP (3-1) is at Greenfield-Central Friday.
Perry Meridian 52, Greenfield-Central 38
The Cougars fell behind 20-15 at half, couldn’t get much closer and lost their fourth straight contest to open the season.
G-C (0-4) was led by Jordan Keener (13 points), Derek Conley (10 points) and Grant Wolfe (seven points).
No. 9-ranked Dragons 5-0 at New Castle
New Palestine posted another 5-0 Saturday, this time at the New Castle 6-way Invitational.
NP had two shutouts — of both Whiteland and Charlestown — and outscored its foes 371-27. NP beat Pendleton Heights 51-15, Charlestown 83-0, Franklin County 75-6, Whiteland 81-0 and Elwood 78-6.
Willie Bryan, Tommy Cash, Robbie Elsea, Taylor Fee, Noah Grable, Logan Hunt, Rylan McCarty, C.J. Red, Jared Timberman, Brian Wagner and Gordon Wagner all went 5-0 on the day. Elsea had the fastest fall, in nine seconds.
The Dragons compete Saturday at the Columbus North Invitational.
The JV wrestling team went 2-1 at the Perry Meridian Invitational.
Eastern Hancock second at Cambridge City
Eastern Hancock took second place Saturday at the Cambridge City Lincoln Super Six Tournament.
The Royals’ Nathan Kell (138) and Hunter Knopp (170) placed first in their respective weight classes with undefeated records of 5-0, with Kell defeating Austin Killion from Centerville in a stunning quadruple overtime victory.
Eastern Hancock went 4-1 on the day, defeating Lincoln (46-30), Blue River (48-18), Daleville (42-17) and Indiana Deaf (51-24) and losing to Centerville (45-26).
Garret Janes (126), Kirby Petry (132), Brent Morris (138), Jared Waterman (145), Matt Bowman (160), Kenny Delph (182) and Josh Ramage (195) each finished 4-1 for the Royals, while Brandon Ray (152) was 3-2.
Records set by Royals swimmers at Lawrenceburg
At the Lawrenceburg Invitational, the Eastern Hancock girls swimming and diving team placed fifth out of eight teams and the EH boys placed fourth out of seven teams.
New school records were set by Sam Carlton in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 24.93 seconds and 100 yard freestyle with a time of 58.11. Carlton finished second in the 100.
Second place finishes for the girls went to Amanda Dickmander in the 200 yard freestyle and the 400 yard freestyle relay team of Dickmander, Hailey Carlton, Rachel Froman, and Sarah Henderson.
Third place finishes for the girls went to Sarah Henderson in the 50 yard freestyle and Amanda Dickmander in the 500 yard freestyle.
Third place finishes for the boys went to Sam Carlton in the 50 yard freestyle, and the medley relay team of Carlton, Tristian Holzhausen, Bryce Burkhart and Deven Grose.