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Friday hoops roundup: Royals, Marauders post victories

December 15, 2012
Hancock County Sports

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Eastern Hancock 54, Knightstown 37: The Royals knocked off their next-door neighbors for the third straight year, pulling away from the Panthers for a 17-point victory.

EH improved to 2-3 on the season heading into Saturday's home game against Cambridge City Lincoln. Knightstown fell to 1-4, and will not play again until the Jan. 3-4 Henry County Tournament.

The Royals allowed just 15 points in the second half to pull away.

Garrett Hancock and Cody Wallace had 14 points each to lead EH -- Wallace hitting 7-of-11 and grabbing seven rebounds. Victor Vincz returned to action and scored 10 points and added five rebounds, six assists and two steals. Isaiah McCormick had six points, while Spencer Gilbert had five and Derrik Noel had four points and four rebounds.

Vincz, who scored eight points in a key third quarter, was our Indiana Basketball Digest Player of the Game.

Freshman Coleman Wyatt scored 16 points to lead the Panthers. Jake Kwisz had eight points.

EH led 14-9 after a quarter and responded to a Knightstown run with one of its own -- outscoring the Panthers 10-4 in the latter half of the fourth quarter to lead 26-22 going into the break. EH then used an 8-1 run to build a 41-27 lead late in the third quarter.

The Royals host Cambridge City Lincoln on Saturday, then North Decatur on Tuesday. Listen to both games here at HancockCountySports.com.

Mt. Vernon 70, Shelbyville 50: The Marauders pulled away to their fifth straight victory, improving to 2-0 in Hoosier Heritage Conference play.

Stephen Turner and C.J. Coleman led MV with 22 points each on the night as MV, ranked third in Class 3A by the Associated Press and No. 1 by the Sagarin computer rankings, stayed perfect on the year.

MV used a 22-13 second quarter to build a 14-point halftime lead and pulled away.

The Marauders travel to Mississinewa on Saturday night, their final tune-up before hosting New Palestine in the county tournament on Dec. 27.

Yorktown 45, Greenfield-Central 44: The Cougars played a back-and-forth game against the Tigers on the road, and nearly knocked the Tigers from the ranks of the unbeaten.

G-C led 39-37 late, but Yorktown sandwiched two 3-pointers around a Cougar basket to take a 43-41 edge, and added another hoop to go up by four.

Tyler Batton hit a 3-pointer for G-C to cut the deficit to one. The Cougars then forced two stops -- but a missed free throw and a shot at the buzzer that rimmed out allowed the host Tigers to hang on.

Riley Neal led Yorktown with 10 points.

G-C used a strong first quarter to lead 12-5 after eight minutes -- finishing with an 8-2 run. Yorktown outscored the Cougars 16-7 in the second to take a two-point lead into the half. G-C led 33-31 after three.

Yorktown is now 5-0 and 2-0 in HHC play. G-C fell to 0-6 (0-2). The Cougars next play Dec. 27 in the Hancock County Tournament at Eastern Hancock.

Westfield 65, New Palestine 61, OT: The Dragons haven't been beaten in regulation this season, but they dropped their second overtime game of the year in a tight road contest.

Westfield outscored NP 10-6 in the extra session to pull out the victory. Westfield scored the final four points in regulation to tie the game, but the Dragons had a shot at the buzzer to win it rim out.

Ajay Lawton had 27 points to lead the Shamrocks on the evening.

Michael Morris led NP with 18 points on the night, hitting 7-of-15 from the floor. Morris also had six rebounds and three assists. Brandon Jonas had the Dragons' first double-double on the season, with 12 points and 10 rebounds -- including six offensive boards. Solomon Haynes had 12 points, five assists and two steals. Justin Ikerd and Connor Roach each scored seven for the Dragons.

The Dragons (4-2) are back in action at home Saturday against Franklin Central and Tuesday against Beech Grove. Listen to both games here at HancockCountySports.com.

Girls basketball

Eastern Hancock 51, Knightstown 42: The Royals knocked off Knightstown for the first time since 2006.

Kiersten Schrope led the Royals with 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and was our Indiana Basketball Digest Player of the Game.

Kaytlin Eastes had 12 points for the Royals and added five rebounds. Hannah Best had eight points and six steals. Kristen Eischen had five points and 12 rebounds.

Macy Burton and Emily Thomas had 11 points each to lead Knightstown.

EH (7-3) next plays Tuesday night at Cambridge City Lincoln.

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