Daily Reporter staff reports
Class 2A No. 7 Lapel dominated Eastern Hancock, 73-33, Saturday in a boys basketball contest.
The host Bulldogs (15-5) led 33-12 at halftime and 59-22 heading to the fourth quarter.
Noah Hendershot scored a game-high 16 points for Lapel, with JonRoss Richardson netting 13 points, and Triston Carpenter adding 10 points.
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Austin Lacy (seven points), Ryan Speas (six points) and Derrik Noel (five points) paced the Royals (8-9), who were held to their lowest point total since a 54-31 loss to Frankton on Dec. 30.
The loss ended Eastern Hancock’s four-game win streak.
Lapel won the junior varsity game 39-36. A.J. Muegge had 16 points for Eastern Hancock.
Cougars come up big in OT
At Greenfield-Central, the home team won its first overtime game of the season after dropping its two previous extra-session contests.
The Cougars beat Greenwood 62-55 in overtime Saturday behind Tate Hall’s 18 points and Lane Ferrell’s 16 points.
Greenfield-Central (8-12) previously suffered overtime losses to New Palestine and Pendleton Heights.
“It was great to find a way to win,” Cougars coach Michael Lewis said. “We finally found a way to make game-winning plays, especially Lane Ferrell, who gave us a great all-around game.
“It was big for us to get a double weekend.”
The Cougars beat Delta 55-22 on Friday. It was the Cougars’ first weekend sweep since Feb. 15 to 16, 2013, against Rushville and Cambridge City Lincoln.
Against Greenwood (3-15), the Cougars led 28-27 at halftime and 38-37 entering the fourth quarter.
The Woodmen tied the game 49-49 to end regulation, but Greenfield-Central dominated overtime 13-6.
The Cougars have won six of their past nine games.
Zach Batton added six rebounds and three assists, while Chandler Bean had a team-high four assists.
A total of 40 fouls were called in the game, and Greenfield-Central went 23 of 33 from the free-throw line.
Greenfield-Central won the junior varsity game 42-23.
Marauders outlast Millers
Mt. Vernon beat Noblesville 48-47 in overtime Saturday.
Noblesville jumped ahead 13-6 in the first quarter, but Mt. Vernon took a 22-21 lead at the break and things were close the rest of the way.
“It was a good, quality win on the road against a good, tough opponent,” Mt. Vernon coach Travis Daugherty said. “I was proud of how the guys competed and persevered.
“It was a step forward for our growth as a team.”
Erick Shepherd (16 points), Michael Ertel (15 points) and Miles Wayer (eight points, four assists) paced the Marauders (10-6), who hit double-digit wins after finishing 9-14 a year ago.
Jon Kiser had 24 points for the Millers (10-9).
Dragons remain perfect
The New Palestine gymnastics team remained unbeaten Saturday, winning the Rushville Invitational.
The Dragons tallied 103.475 points to beat Muncie Central (91.425), Shelbyville (83.55), Morristown (76.1), Rushville (71.35) and Cambridge City Lincoln (70.65).
Kate Fee won three events and the all-around title with a score of 34.7, with Regan Elsea also getting a victory. Tara Morey was second in the all-around (32.2). The Dragons took the top three spots in all four events.
On vault, the Dragons took the top three spots, with Fee (9.125), Morey (8.75) and Faith Land (8.55) pulling off the sweep.
On uneven bars, the Dragons again took the top three spots, led by Fee (8.325), Regan Elsea (8.175) and Emily Heighway (8.05).
On balance beam, the Dragons took the top four spots. Elsea (9.525) won the event, with Rylee Elsea (8.05), Fee (7.85) and Morey (7.75) following.
The Dragons also took the top four spots on floor exercise, with Fee (9.4) winning the event. Elsea (9.275), Morey (8.4) and Land (8.2) took the next three spots.
Cougars off to semistate
The Greenfield-Central boys and girls bowling teams advanced to semistate for the first time in program history with third-place regional finishes Saturday at All Star Bowl in Indianapolis.
The Greenfield-Central girls lost to Brebeuf 274-262 in the regional semifinal. Brownsburg went on to beat Brebeuf in the championship of the eight-team regional.
The top three teams advanced to the semistate, Saturday at Southern Bowl in Greenwood.
For the Greenfield-Central boys, they lost to eventual champ Center Grove, 387-377, in the regional semifinal. Center Grove beat Avon for the title.
In the regional singles event, Cougar senior Eryn Ellis finished fourth to qualify for the semistate singles competition. Ellis is the first Cougars bowler to qualify for the semistate singles, which are also at Southern Bowl.