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Friday hoops roundup: MV girls clinch HHC 3-peat, NP/EH boys fall

January 18, 2013
Hancock County Sports

Girls basketball

Mt. Vernon 44, Greenfield-Central 29: The Marauders used a big third quarter to pull ahead and clinch at least a share of its third straight Hoosier Heritage Conference girls basketball championship. 

MV, which won its 27th straight HHC contest, can win the title outright with a victory Jan. 26 at Delta.

It was also the final home game for Rachel Houck, Ellie Balbach and Krista Shockley. Houck and freshman Sydney Shelton led the way for the Marauders with 18 points apiece.

G-C was led by Brooke Bell's 11 points. Shelby Davis added six points.

MV (14-3, 6-0 HHC) won its third straight and ninth game in its last 10.

The Marauders led just 11-9 after a quarter, but outscored the Cougars 8-1 in the second to lead 19-10 at half, and then used a 22-7 third quarter to go up by 24 headed into the fourth.

MV next plays Tuesday at New Castle. 

The Cougars (7-10, 3-3 HHC) next play Tuesday at home against Yorktown.

Boys basketball

South Decatur 53, Eastern Hancock 45: The Royals dominated every statistic except the scoreboard in a tough loss at home to South Decatur.

EH had 24 offensive rebounds, won the rebound battle 40-29 and the turnover battle by four, but shot 29 percent from the floor in the loss.

Cody Wallace had a double-double with 15 points and 12 boards for EH. Derrik Noel had 10 points and Spencer Gilbert added nine rebounds.

Wallace's rebounding helped EH start the second quarter on a 7-0 run and take a 16-14 lead, but after trading baskets, South Decatur responded with a 9-1 spurt to finish the half with a 25-19 edge, capped by an off-balance 18-footer by Byron Balser.

Balser scored his game-high 18th point by the end of the third as SD led 40-33 after three. Shane McCormick started the fourth quarter with a driving hoop and Wallace turned a rebound basket into a three-point play to cut the deficit to two. EH had multiple chances to tie or take the lead, but was unable to do so. After trading hoops, SD's Cameron Agnew hit a big basket to push the Cougars' edge to 44-40, then hit 6-of-7 from the line and had a big steal off an inbounds pass to hold the Royals at bay and stave off a comeback attempt.

Agnew and Wallace were our Indiana Basketball Digest Players of the Game.

The Royals (2-11, 1-4 Mid-Hoosier) next play Saturday at Shenandoah, and then will host Greenfield-Central Jan. 26 in a HancockCountySports.com broadcast game. South Decatur (9-3, 1-3 MHC) meets Greensburg Saturday night.

Roncalli 51, New Palestine 42: Roncalli scored the game's last 12 points to knock off the Dragons and snap NP's three-game winning streak.

Michael Morris had 19 points for NP, hitting 7-of-15 from the floor. He added three assists three rebounds, as NP outboarded Roncalli 24-20. Morris scored 12 in the second half. Seth Cox had a career-high eight points on 4-of-5 shooting, to go along with four rebounds. Connor Roach had a team-high eight boards for NP, while Samson Haynes had four assists.

Cameron Smock led three Roncalli players in double-figures with 18 points, including 8-of-9 from the floor. He also had six rebounds. Michael Clements scored 12 points.

The two teams shot similarly from the floor, but Roncalli was 11-of-14 from the line, while NP was 1-of-4 from the stripe.

NP falls to 9-4. The Dragons host Whiteland Saturday night in a game broadcast by HancockCountySports.com. Roncalli is now 7-5 on the season.

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