Mt. Vernon stays atop HHC standings


Mt. Vernon’s Easton Wampler had 12 points in the Marauders conference win at Shelbyville Saturday.

Tom Russo | Daily Reporter

Staff report

The Mt. Vernon Marauders got closer to their quest for a Hoosier Heritage Conference girls basketball title Saturday.

The Marauders defeated host Shelbyville 56-33. Mt. Vernon is 13-6 overall and 4-0 in the HHC.

Three of the Marauders final four regular season games are conference contests. They host Greenfield-Central Friday and travel to New Castle (Jan. 24) and Delta (Jan. 26) to end the season. Only Greenfield-Central (11-8, 4-1), of the three, has a winning record.

Saturday at Shelbyville, Ellery Minch led the way with 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Khloe Patterson stuffed the stat sheet with nine points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Easton Wampler had 12 points. Kaitlyn Laffey scored seven and had three assists. Kanyonrae Kenny scored six points and had four assists.

Prior to wrapping up the season with conference foes, Mt. Vernon will travel to Richmond today.

Royals score season-high in win at Waldron

Eastern Hancock had a season-high point total Saturday in an 84-28 victory at Waldron.

The 84 points are the most scored by the team since an 86-point performance in the 2020-21 season against Centerville. On Nov. 13 2020, the Royals won at Centerville 86-13.

On Saturday, three players scored in double figures, led by Sammie Bolding with 21 points. Grace Stapleton scored 18 and Makenzie O’Neal added 16. Ten different player scored.

The Royals had 50 first-half points. Stapleton had 13 in the first two quarters. O’Neal had 12.

The three leading scorers combined for nine 3-pointers. Bolding had four treys. Stapleton made three and O’Neal had two. The Royals were 15 of 18 at the free-throw line and led 23-3 after the opening quarter.

Eastern Hancock (16-3) travels to Daleville today for a Mid-Eastern Conference game.

Hot-shooting Flashes defeat Cougars

Led by a 28-point first quarter, Franklin Central’s girls basketball team snapped Greenfield-Central’s four-game winning streak Saturday at Dellen Automotive Gymnasium.

The Cougars (11-8) were unable to bounce back from a first-quarter, 15-point deficit and lost to the Flashes 60-44.

For G-C, Aryana Hibbard had 15 points, five rebounds and three steals. Chaney Brown had 12 points, six rebounds and four steals. Katie Holmes contributed six points and Brooklyn McConnell added five.

Greenfield-Central is back in action today with a home game against Muncie Central.


Dragons fourth at Valpo

New Palestine’s gymnastics team placed fourth at the Valparaiso Viking Invitational Saturday.

The Dragons were led by JJ Fee, who was runner-up on floor exercise (9.6), fourth on balance beam (8.975) and seventh on bars (8.625). She placed fourth in the all-around (35.55).

As a team, New Palestine placed fourth, of eight teams, with a score of 99.025. Valparaiso, ranked No. 2 in the state in the Indiana High School Gymnastics Coaches’ Poll, won with a total of 111.55.

New Palestine’s Olivia Frank tied for eighth on floor with a score of 8.6.

The Dragons are back in action today with a home meet against Westfield. New Palestine home meets are at The Gymnastics Company in Wanamaker.