FORTVILLE — The general consensus heading into the 2013-14 boys basketball season was that Mt. Vernon had plenty of talent. It would just be a matter of how quickly the group of mostly underclassmen and first-time starters could adjust to the demands of full-time varsity positions.
Following Class 4A No. 10 Hamilton Southeastern’s 78-40 victory over the Marauders on Friday, MV is clearly still in the developmental stages of big-boy basketball.
“I knew (HSE) was talented, and in a lot of ways they showed that talent tonight,” said MV coach Travis Daugherty. “And we’ve got a lot of young guys and inexperienced guys, but at some point you just have to learn how to compete. Regardless of the score, the situation, we’re not playing as hard and as together as we need to play.
“When you play a good team like we did tonight that is just going to keep coming at you, not only do (flaws) get exposed, that wound kind of gets ripped open. And you really bleed out, and that’s what happened tonight.”
A lineup that was already without returning leading scorer CJ Coleman (five-game suspension), MV’s starting five Friday included a freshman, two sophomores and four first-year varsity starters.
The deep and veteran Royals (2-0) wasted no time feasting on the Marauders’ newness. Seniors Tyler Jenkins and Eric Davidson combined for 10 points in the first quarter, mostly on fast breaks fueled by eight MV turnovers.
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