Mt. Vernon can't rally from early deficit

FORTVILLE — With a win Wednesday night, Mt. Vernon stood to claim the top spot in the Class 3A girls basketball coaches poll next week.

However, it was Hamilton Heights that played like a No. 1 team and with it made the Marauders ordinary.

The 3A eighth-ranked Huskies slammed a usually stingy MV defense for 28 first-quarter points and went on to both a 23-point lead and 70-61 decision over the No. 2 Marauders.

MV (3-1) has struggled of late with guards Olivia Coleman and Maddie Walrod out with injuries. The Marauders’ last two wins, over Lawrence Central and Rushville, were by one and two points, respectively.

The Huskies (3-1) exposed MV’s backcourt woes and pressed right out of the gate. As a result of that as well as several unforced errors, the Marauders surrendered the ball eight times in the first quarter and four more the next.

“(Hamilton Heights) has a lot of quick guards and we did not handle the pressure very well early on,” MV coach Julie Shelton said. “But those things are going to happen and hopefully we can learn from our mistakes.”

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