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Friday hoops roundup: MV wins big HHC game, G-C/NP split DH

December 8, 2012
Hancock County Sports

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New Palestine 68, Greenfield-Central 40: The Dragons got a big start from Ryan Curry and a big finish from Michael Morris as they pulled away from G-C on the road.

Curry hit four first-quarter 3-pointers to boost the Dragons to a 15-4 lead after one. He finished the night with 17 points. Morris had five points at halftime as the Dragons built a 26-14 edge at the break, but then scored nine third-quarter points and finished the night with 19 points.Morris hit 7-of-11 from the floor, while Curry shot 6-of-11.

Justin Ikerd added 11 points for the Dragons for his third straight double-figure game. Connor Roach and Seth Cox each scored six points.

Solomon Haynes led a balanced NP rebounding attack with five boards. He and his brother Samson Haynes led the Dragons with five assists each. NP had 19 assists on 22 baskets. Roach, Cox and Morris each had four rebounds. Curry had four steals.

NP was 22-of-42 from the floor and 14-of-20 from the free throw line. The Dragons were 10-of-24 from 3-point range, and shot 67 percent inside the arc. The Dragons held G-C to 31 percent shooting on 14-of-45 from the floor.

Mason Irbe led the Cougars with a season-high 10 points, going 3-of-6 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the line. Cole Oleksy and Tate Hall both scored eight points, while Jordan Keener added six. Derek Conley had three assists for the Cougars. Oleksy, Keener and Tyler Batton each had five rebounds.

NP is now 4-1 overall and 2-0 in HHC play heading into next week's double-weekend at Westfield (Friday) and home against Franklin Central (Saturday, Dec. 15). G-C is now 0-5/0-1 and travels to Yorktown next Friday for its final game before the Christmas break.

Mt. Vernon 49, Pendleton Heights 37: Stephen Turner had 18 points as the Marauders began to pull away from PH in the second half.

The game was a low-scoring affair to start -- PH led 5-4 after a quarter, with Dan Werner scoring all of the Marauders' points. MV took a 17-14 edge at halftime, but then broke the game open with a 13-2 third-quarter run to take a 30-16 lead, and leading 36-24 aftet three before pulling away.

Zach Spears had 12 points for the Marauders. Werner added eight and C.J. Coleman seven. PH was led by Brogan Gary's 13 points. Sean McDermott had 12 points to put two Arabians in double-figures.

Ranked fourth in Class 3A, MV is now 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in HHC play. PH falls to 1-3 (1-1 HHC). The Marauders next play Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse against New Castle. Live webcast begins at 6:45 at HancockCountySports.com.

Northeastern 59, Eastern Hancock 54: Despite 22 points from Cody Wallace, the Royals fell on the road Friday night.

EH is now 1-3 on the season. The Royals next play Friday at Knightstown in the second half a boys/girls doubleheader, which will be broadcast at HancockCountySports.com.

Girls basketball

Greenfield-Central 45, New Palstine 27: G-C started the game with a 16-0 run and maintained a double-digit lead throughout in a victory over NP.

Center Sara Jones had a big night, with 16 points on 4-of-8 shooting and 8-of-8 from the line, to go along with eight rebounds.

Emily Koers had nine points for the Cougars to go along with four assists. Savannah Girolami scored seven points and had seven rebounds. Shelby Oldham had nine steals on the day.

NP was led by sophomore Emma Laughlin, who scored nine points, including a perfect 5-of-5 from the line. Taylor Shull added six points. Adie Lorsung led a balanced rebounding effort with nine boards. Haley Stratman had seven boards. Natalie Kehrt had three assists.

G-C led 24-8 at halftime, and saw NP cut its lead as close as 12 at 32-20 early in the fourth after Laughlin scored a three-point play. But Jones sandwiched two baskets around one by Oldham, and G-C forced four straight turnovers. That launched a 13-2 run that iced the game for G-C.

The Cougars are now 2-5 (1-2 HHC), while the Dragons are 1-6 (0-3 HHC). G-C next plays Tuesday at Shelbyville. NP travels to Mt. Vernon Thursday for a game broadcast by HancockCountySports.com.

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