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Saturday hoops roundup: MV stays perfect, Morris sets NP record

February 2, 2013
By Andrew Smith of Hancock County Sports

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Mt. Vernon 46, Noblesville 41 (archived webcast): The top-ranked team in Class 3A used another big third quarter to seize the lead and its 15th consecutive victory.

MV is now 15-0 on the season heading into Thursday's game against Muncie Burris.

MV trailed 23-20 after a 3-pointer by Tyler Scott late in the first half, but Dan Werner's three-point play tied the game, and MV eventually pushed itself to an eight-point lead. The Marauders, who have had strong third quarters in many of their victories, did so again by outscoring the Millers 15-8 in the penultimate period. It allowed the Marauders to take a 35-31 edge.

C.J. Coleman had 16 of his 22 points in the first half. He hit eight shots, a 3-pointer and was 5-of-7 from the line. Werner scored all of his 12 in the second half, including a perfect 7-of-7 from the line. Zach Spears had two fourth-quarter baskets for seven points.

Coleman and Werner shared our McCordsville Family Dentistry Player of the Game honors.

MV won despite Stephen Turner -- who scored a career-high 37 last time out -- being held to three points.

Sam Philpott led Noblesville with 15 points, while Scott had 12.

Noblesville fell to 11-5 on the season. 

New Palestine 78, Mooresville 50 (archived webcast): The Dragons put on a 3-point shooting clinic and equaled their biggest victory of the season.

Michael Morris scored 32 points -- giving him 63 for the weekend and 92 for the last three games.
He hit eight 3-pointers, including two in the first quarter. He then added four in a 17-3 second-quarter run that allowed NP to build a 42-32 halftime lead. Morris had 22 points by halftime, including 14 in the second quarter.

His eight triples tied a school record, and eclipsed Ryan Curry's season high of seven set in the Franklin Central game on Dec. 15.

Morris was 12-of-13 from the floor, 8-of-9 from 3-point range and added five rebounds and two assists.

Curry had a big night of his own, hitting five 3s for 15 points. Solomon Haynes (2) and Keegan Lytle (1) hit the other 3-pointers for the Dragons.

Brandon Jonas added eight points and four assists. Solomon Haynes had six points and five assists. Connor Roach led NP with seven rebounds and two blocks. Morris added six boards and Seth Cox five.

Brandon Jonas had eight points for NP, scoring six in a third-quarter spurt that allowed NP to pull away from a 10-point halftime lead. NP led 59-38 after three, outscoring the Pioneers 17-6 in the period and punctuating it with a Morris 3 for his 29th point. 

NP hit 30-of-43 from the floor -- a 70 percent clip -- and was 73 percent (16-of-22) from 3-point range.

J.T. Hurt led two Pioneers in double figures with 17 points. Lane Weaver had 11 points.

NP (13-4) next plays Thursday at home against Franklin. Mooresville fell to 4-10 on the season.

Greenwood 60, Greenfield-Central 46: One night after falling in double OT, the Cougars dropped a home game to Greenwood by a 60-46 score.

G-C fell behind 17-7 after a quarter and 29-16 at the half, but Greenwood used a 22-7 third quarter to go up 51-23 after three and break the game open.

Derek Conley had 21 points for the Cougars. Tate Hall had nine and Zach Batton six.

G-C is now 2-14 on the season. The Cougars visit Knightstown Thursday.


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