Marauders clinch share of third straight conference crown

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FORTVILLE — With its leading scorer out indefinitely with a knee injury, Mt. Vernon knew its offense would take a step back.

But, one thing that hasn’t suffered is the team’s defense.

The Marauders limited Greenfield-Central to its lowest scoring output of the season in a 44-29 victory Friday night in Fortville, a triumph that cemented MV’s share of its third straight Hoosier Heritage Conference championship.

3A No. 6 Mt. Vernon (14-3, 6-0 HHC) hasn’t lost a conference game since falling at Rushville on Nov. 20, 2009, a span of 20 games.

“We’ve had a great run and I’ve had a great group of girls,” said MV coach Julie Shelton, whose team can clinch the outright HHC crown Jan. 26 at Delta. “I’ve had a lot of great players who’ve worked hard for this and deserve this.

“I couldn’t be happier for the team.”

Play was even through the first eight minutes, but the Marauders turned up the defensive heat near the end of the frame and through the second quarter.

The result was just one G-C point — a free throw by Brooke Bell — in the second period. The hosts took a 19-10 lead into intermission, with the Cougars notching four more turnovers (14) than points.

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