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Saturday hoops roundup: MV likely to #1, G-C wins big

January 13, 2013
Hancock County Sports

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Mt. Vernon 56, Howe 41: The Marauders improved to 12-0 on the season with the victory over the Hornets at home.

The game was close throughout the first half -- MV led 23-19 at the break -- but the Marauders gradually pulled away in the second half for the victory.

Anthony Burnett led three Marauders in double figures with 14 points. He hit 8-of-9 from the line. Zach Spears had 12 points and Stephen Turner 11.

Howe (5-4) was led by Aaron Mann's 11 points.

The Marauders are currently No. 2 in the AP Class 3A poll, but will likely move up with No. 1 Greensburg falling to Batesville on Friday night. MV is one of two unbeaten teams remaining in 3A (Andrean is the other) and one of seven unbeatens left in the state. Six unbeaten teams were defeated on Saturday night.

MV is off until a Jan. 25 home game against Connersville, which will be broadcast at HancockCountySports.com.

Greenfield-Central 56, Triton Central 39: The Cougars posted their most lopsided victory since 2010 with a solid effort at home.

G-C broke it open with a big second quarter, outscoring the Tigers 20-6 in the period to take a 31-14 halftime lead.

Derek Conley led three Cougars in double figures with 15. Tate Hall added 12 points and Jordan Keener 11. Grant Wolfe added six points.

G-C (2-9) next plays Jan. 19 at home against Shelbyville.

Union County 56, Eastern Hancock 39: The Royals fell on the road Saturday night.

The Royals fell to 2-10 on the season. Next Friday, they will begin a double-weekend at home against South Decatur. We'll broadcast the game at HancockCountySports.com.

Girls basketball

Mt. Vernon 53, Shelbyville 25: The Marauders trailed at halftime, but outscored the Golden Bears 19-0 in the third quarter to take a 35-17 lead going into the fourth. MV had a 37-8 second half.

The Marauders improved to 12-3 on the season and 5-0 in HHC play. It was the Marauders' 25th consecutive Hoosier Heritage Conference victory.

MV can clinch at least a share of its third consecutive HHC title next Friday at home against Greenfield-Central. Listen live at HancockCountySports.com.

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