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The Class 2A No. 5-ranked Eastern Hancock girls basketball team moved to 2-0 in the Mid-Hoosier Conference with a 58-48 win at South Decatur Tuesday.

At 5-0 overall, the Royals are off to the best start in program history.

Alora Marshall (12 points), Skyler Overleese (eight points), Peyton Neisler (seven points, six rebounds), Hannah Best (seven points), Lauren Harmon (six points, five steals) and Kristin Eischen (six points) paced the balanced EH effort.

Kiersten Schrope recorded nine steals on the night for a record-setting total of 212 for her career. The senior broke the previous EH career record of 208 held by Jolyn Holliday.

“A win is a win, especially a conference win on the road," EH coach Jeremy Powers said. "We didn’t have our 'A' game tonight, but Alora and Skyler stepped up for tonight off the bench when others didn’t have their best game. That is what makes this team so great, we have girls that will step up when others may not be playing well and we don’t miss a beat. We'll take this win, for sure, and get better for Saturday at Franklin County."

The Royals led 14-10, 31-23 and 44-32 at the end of the first three quarters, respectively.

Julia Miller fueled South Decatur (2-5, 0-3 MHC) with 25 points, although she had just eight points after halftime.

The Royals won the JV game 59-14. Freshman guard Shelby King had 22 points for EH.

New Castle 54, New Palestine 37

The host Trojans took a 16-6 first-quarter lead and never looked back to stay perfect at 5-0 under first-year head coach Corie West.

Shelby Anderson’s 21 points led the Trojans, who went 6-15 last season. New Castle will join the Hoosier Heritage Conference next season

Raegan McMurray (12 points), Natalie Kehrt (10 points, five rebounds) and Katlyn Keele (eight rebounds, three steals) led New Palestine (2-3), which is also improved this year.

The Dragons can match last season’s win total with a victory at home against Delta (0-4) on Saturday in the HHC opener for both teams. Delta beat NP 40-34 last season.


MV splits with Warriors

The Mt. Vernon girls swim team improved to 2-0 with a 113-72 win at Warren Central Thursday.

Individual winners for the Marauders were Maddie Powell in the 200 IM, Allie Shafer in the 50 free, Maddie King in diving, Haley Moore in the 100 fly, Maddie Powell in the 100 free and Samantha Case in the 100 breaststroke.

The MV boys, tied going into the final event, lost to the Warriors 96-90, placing second in the 400 relay. Mt. Vernon winners were Ethan Park in the 100 free and 100 breaststroke and Cole Case in the 100 backstroke.

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