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Friday hoops roundup: NP & MV keep perfect records going

January 25, 2013
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New Palestine 70, Yorktown 55: (archived webcast) The Dragons got a big start from Michael Morris and a big finish from Ryan Curry to stay perfect in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.

NP improved to 11-4 overall and 5-0 in HHC play with the victory, while Yorktown fell to 12-3 and 3-2 in conference action. 

Morris scored 29 points on the night, while Curry added 22. Each had 11 in a bookend quarter -- Morris in the first, Curry in the fourth.

NP only trailed once -- at 3-0 -- but Morris scored 11 first-quarter points and then scored the first five of the second quarter to push NP to an early double-digit lead. The Dragons led 21-17 after eight minutes when Curry hit a 30-foot 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer. NP scored the first seven points of the second quarter to take a double-digit lead.

Led by sophomore Caleb Morey, who scored 12 of his 16 points in the opening half, the Tigers clawed back to 40-34 at halftime, but NP again opened the third with an 11-3 spurt that made it a 51-37 contest.

In the fourth, Yorktown cut NP's lead to 51-45, but the Dragons got a basket by Morris and a midcourt steal and layup by Curry to push the lead back to 10. Curry later hit back-to-back 3-pointers in what became a 19-4 run that put the game away.

Morris hit 11-of-18 from the floor -- including 5-of-8 from deep -- and added six rebounds. Curry was 8-of-13 from the floor, including 5-of-10 from the 3-point arc. Solomon Haynes had seven assists, Samson Haynes had five as the Dragons had 14 assists on their 25 baskets. NP also had 16 offensive boards and outrebounded Yorktown 32-18. Brandon Jonas had nine points and nine rebounds, just missing a double-double. In addition to Morris' six, Seth Cox had five boards.

Morris was named the Indiana Basketball Digest Player of the Game.

Bibbs led Yorktown with 17 points, while Morey had 16. Yorktown shot 41 percent (20-of-48), while NP hit 49 percent (25-of-51).

The Dragons next play Friday at Shelbyville in a Hoosier Heritage Conference contest. Yorktown travels to face Pendleton Heights.

Mt. Vernon 58, Connersville 43: (archived webcast) The Marauders have made a living on the big third quarter. They did so again tonight as they played their first game as the No. 1 team in Class 3A, knocking off the Spartans.

MV started the game with a 7-0 run and led 11-2 after a quarter. Connersville took the lead at 16-15, but C.J. Coleman's free throws gave MV a 17-16 lead at the half, and it began to grow from there.

Coleman's 3-pointer gave MV an eight-point edge, keying a 15-3 run that pushed the lead to 46-26.

The Marauders added another 22 in the fourth quarter. Coleman had nine in the third quarter, while Stephen Turner added 12 in the fourth.

Coleman and Turner led MV with 18 points each, and were our McCordsville Family Dentistry Players of the Game. Each hit seven shots and 3-of-4. Anthony Burnett had 10 and Dan Werner eight. Connersville was led nine points each from Sean Davis and Isaiah Easley.

MV (13-0) next plays Saturday at Delta.

Pendleton Heights 74, Greenfield-Central 24: The Cougars dropped a Hoosier Heritage Conference contest on Friday.

PH led G-C 18-9 after a quarter and 34-13 at the half. A 22-1 third quarter allowed the Arabians to pull away.

G-C was led by Derek Conley's nine points. Tyler Batton added six and Tate Hall four.

Kurt Talbert led PH with 19. Sean McDermott had 14 and Brogan Gary 12.

G-C (2-11, 0-5 HHC) next plays Saturday at Eastern Hancock in a game broadcast by us at HancockCountySports.com.

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