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Prep wrap: Royals on roll heading to sectional

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The Eastern Hancock girls basketball team ended the regular season with a win over possible sectional foe Centerville 41-38 Thursday.

Kiersten Schrope scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had six steals for the Royals (16-4), who will face Northeastern (8-10) Tuesday in the opening round of 2A Sectional 41 at Knightstown.

Centerville (8-9), the defending sectional champ, drew a bye and will face the EH-NE winner in Friday’s semifinals.

"We did not shoot the ball well at all tonight, but our defense carried us throughout the game," EH coach Jeremy Powers said. "We finished on a 9-0 run to win the ball game. The girls once again showed their determination in not quitting, and even though they may not have played their best, they found a way to get a win."

In the Royals’ win Thursday, Peyton Neisler added eight points and seven rebounds; Alora Marshall and five points ans seven boards; and Kristin Eischen contributed six rebounds and five steals.

EH has won six straight games and 12 of their last 13.

Centerville won the JV game 40-22. Morgan Mench led the Royals (15-5) with six points.

Girls basketball

Greenwood 54, Greenfield-Central 31

The visiting Cougars (8-12) were outscored 17-4 in the third quarter on the way to losing their regular season finale.

G-C also started the game slowly; the Woodmen opened the game with 11 straight points and cruised to  their second straight game and sixth of their past seven with big play from the seniors.

Senior Deauna Evans scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Classmates Chloe Orrvar and Kelsie Ratliff scored 11 and eight points, respectively.

“I think with it being Senior Night, (the seniors) were all pretty amped up,” Greenwood coach Debbie Guckenberger said. “And they wanted to go out on their home court with a bang.

“I felt like they all just played really well.”

Greenwood (16-4) pushed its 11-0 lead to 19-4 after the first quarter, holding the Cougars to 0-for-10 shooting.

The Cougars shot just 3-of-21 from the field in the first half, and they made just 8-of-47 for the game.

Sophomores Shelby Oldham and Regan Lewis each scored nine points for the Cougars.

Greenwood plays at Franklin at 6 p.m. Tuesday in an opening-round game of the Class 4A Franklin Sectional.

G-C will host Anderson (16-5) Tuesday in the opening round of 4A Sectional 9. Pike (16-4) beat Anderson 53-45 in those teams’ season-enders.

The Cougars won Thursday’s junior varsity game 33-27.

Connersville 57, New Palestine 32

The New Palestine girls basketball team fell at home  to Connersville in its regular-season finale Wednesday.

The two teams were close for much of the contest before the Spartans embarked on a 19-1 run over the final five minutes to blow the game open.

NP had two players in double figures. Natalie Kehrt notched 11 points and Haley Stratman added 10 points and eight rebounds.

Connersville shot just two percentage points better than the Dragons (40 to 38), but had 19 more field goal attempts.

Tierra Huntsman, a Gardner-Webb signee, led all scorers with 28 points, 21 of which came in the second half.

New Palestine (3-17) faces the winner of 4A No. 8 Franklin Central (16-4) and 4A No. 13 Center Grove (15-5) in the Sectional 13 semifinals on Feb. 8 at Franklin.

Connersville (13-8) opens Sectional 9 play against Pendleton Heights (13-8) Tuesday at Greenfield-Central.


MV boys notch 1st win at Yorktown

The Mt. Vernon boys swimming and diving team topped host Yorktown 97-89, defeating the Tigers for the first time ever.

MV victors were Dixon Tierney (200 freestyle), Brisco Wood (200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke), Colin Harrison (50 freestyle) and Zach Ball (diving).

The Marauders (9-3) are at Speedway for a tri-meet with Cascade on Feb. 7.


G-C’s Denny joins regional contingent

The Cougars’ Dylan Denny will compete in the Perry Meridian Regional Saturday after Triton Central’s Dryden Kendall dropped out.

Denny placed fifth at the Warren Central Sectional Saturday; the top four advance to the regional.

Kendall was fourth, losing to Franklin Central’s Seth Vaughn in the match for third and fourth place.

Kendall defeated Denny earlier in the day by pin, but Kendall is unable to compete in the regional.

Denny, a sophomore, is 16-21 on the year.

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