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GBB sectional semis: MV rolls, NP falls, EH out in a heartbreak

February 11, 2013
By Chris Lambert of Hancock County Sports

Class 3A Chatard sectional
Mt. Vernon 76, Guerin Catholic 36:
The Marauders (18-4) scored the first 17 points of the contest en route to a 25-6 quarter-break advantage, and cruised from there to earn a spot in Saturday night's championship game against host Bishop Chatard.

The first quarter belonged to junior forward Erica Moore, who in her second game back from knee surgery was dominant, scoring ten of her 14 points in the frame and proving to be an insurmountable obstacle for the Golden Eagles in the paint. Moore left the game midway through the third, part precaution and part fait accompli. MV never had more than three starters on the floor at any time the rest of the way.

Freshman Sydney Shelton scored nine of her game-high 20 in the first frame including a 3-point play, while senior guard Rachel Houck had six of her 13 points.

MV led 35-10 at the break and 59-19 after three, with enough minutes to go around to put twelve players in the scorebooks. Sophomore forward Shaely Duff had six, as did freshman Sadie Baugh off the bench. The Marauder defense limited Guerin, which finished a very respectable 15-8 on the season, to just seven field goals on the night. However, the Golden Eagles did shoot 21-32 from the stripe. 

Guerin was led by Cailey Cotter and Kristen Schneider with six points apiece.

The Marauders face Chatard in Saturday night's title game, which we'll have for you at 6:45 pm on HancockCountySports.com. Chatard defeated Brebeuf in the night's first game, 63-45, behind 20 points and three blocked shots from sophomore forward Anna Logan and 15 from junior guard Hannah Gardner.

Class 2A Knightstown sectional
Centerville 68, Eastern Hancock 66, OT:
Alora Marshall hit a shot at the buzzer to send the game to overtime, but the Royals fell to the Bulldogs in the extra session.

EH trailed in the closing seconds when Marshall sent the game into OT. The game see-sawed back and forth, before the Bulldogs were able to take the lead for good as the Royals' two leading scorers fouled out in the extra session.

Centerville's win avenged an EH victory over the Bulldogs last week in the regular-season finale.

Kiersten Schrope had 20 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for EH. Hannah Best added 15 points, four assists and five steals. Kaytlin Eastes -- the Royals' lone senior -- had 13 points and six rebounds. Kristen Eischen had 10 points and 13 boards, giving the Royals two players with double-doubles. Marshall added eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Peyton Neisler had four boards.

EH led 17-12 after a quarter, but Centerville used a big second to go up 37-33 at the half. The game was tied 48-48 after three and 58-58 going into OT.

The Royals' season ends with a 17-5 record. It was their best record since the 2002-03 campaign. Centerville will face host Knightstown for the sectional title.

Class 4A Franklin sectional
Franklin Central 61, New Palestine 23: 
Franklin Central's size and experience was too much for the youthful Dragons, as the No. 9 Flashes used a big run to pull away quickly.

NP had a solid opening five minutes and trailed 13-5 in the late stages of the first quarter, but FC outscored the Dragons 32-2 from then until the midpoint of the third, including a 20-2 second quarter that gave the Flashes a 37-7 halftime lead. FC then opened the second half with eight straight points before Natalie Kehrt's driving three-point play got the Dragon offense going.

FC was led by Lizzy Pedigo's 15 points. Kennedy Archer added 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting to give the Flashes two double-figure scorers.

FC was held to 36 percent shooting, but did so with a number of attempts -- the Flashes were 24-of-66 from the floor, taking advantage of forcing 35 turnovers and gathering 21 offensive rebounds. FC was also 8-of-15 from the line.

NP was led by Kehrt's nine points, as she hit 3-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-3 from the line. Carly Hackler had four strong first-quarter points, and Emma Laughlin also had four points. Gia Nitschke led NP with four rebounds, while Hackler, Haley Stratman, Katlyn Keele and Payton Kost had three each. Stratman also had three steals, an assist and a blocked shot. Hackler had two blocked shots and a steal. NP was 8-of-26 from the floor and 6-of-9 from the foul line.

The Dragons, likely the state's youngest varsity team with a roster entirely comprised of freshmen and sophomores, finished the season with a 3-18 mark. FC is now 18-4 and will play Greenwood for the sectional title.

Elsewhere in the HHC: Three HHC teams remain alive -- Mt. Vernon, Rushville and Yorktown. in addition to MV's win, Rushville beat Lawrenceburg 62-29. The Lions will host defending regional champion Madison on Saturday night. Yorktown nipped Blackford 53-51 in OT at Hamilton Heights. The Tigers will face the host Huskies on Saturday. Shelbyville fell to Bloomington South 50-13.

Elsewhere in the MHC: Indian Creek moved to the Beech Grove 3A sectional final with a 70-50 win over Northwest. The Braves will be heavily favored against Danville on Saturday. In Class 2A, North Decatur ripped Milan 67-17, and will face Austin in the South Ripley sectional final. It'll be an all-MHC final at Morristown, as Southwestern (Shelby) will face Waldron. Southwestern beat Lutheran 62-50, while Waldron beat Irvington 70-41.

Local sectional pairings

Class 3A Chatard sectional
Tuesday, Feb. 5
Mt. Vernon 72, Howe 19

Friday, Feb. 8
Chatard 63, Brebeuf 45
Mt. Vernon 76, Guerin Catholic 36
Saturday, Feb. 9
(6) Mt. Vernon 58, Chatard 54

Class 2A Knightstown sectional
Tuesday, Feb. 5
Eastern Hancock 61, Northeastern 46
Wednesday, Feb. 6
Hagerstown 40, Cambridge City Lincoln 31
Knightstown 56, Union County 25
Friday, Feb. 8
Centerville 68, Eastern Hancock 66, OT

Knightstown 55, Hagerstown 41
Saturday, Feb. 9
Knightstown 54, Centerville 45

Class 4A Greenfield-Central sectional
Tuesday, Feb. 5
Connersville 32, Pendleton Heights 31
Anderson 54, Greenfield-Central 51
Friday, Feb. 8
Connersville 52, Richmond 37
Anderson 61, New Castle 26
Saturday, Feb. 9
Connersville 47, Anderson 41

Class 4A Franklin sectional
Tuesday, Feb. 5
Greenwood 51, Franklin 30
(9) Franklin Central 48, Center Grove 40
Friday, Feb. 8
Greenwood 40, Whiteland 32
(9) Franklin Central 61, New Palestine 23
Saturday, Feb. 9
(9) Franklin Central 53, Greenwood 36

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