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Boys sectional semis: Marauders oust champs, Cougars fall
March 1, 2013Hancock County Sports
#1 Mt. Vernon 37, Guerin Catholic 30: There will be a new champion in Class 3A, as the Marauders won a defensive struggle from Guerin Catholic 37-30 Friday night in the sectional semifinal at MV.
The Marauders will play Arlington at 7 p.m. Monday for the sectional title at MV.
MV used a strong start to build an early lead -- scoring five points in the opening minutes and leading 9-2 after a quarter. It was 15-5 in the final minute of the second before Guerin scored the last five of the opening half and the first five of the second to tie the game up at 15-15 just 100 seconds into the third quarter.
C.J. Coleman had 16 points, including two huge 3-pointers in the second half to help the Marauders pull away. His 3-pointer to end the third quarter broke a 19-all tie and put the Marauders up for good. He then hit another in the fourth to put the Marauders up 30-24 midway through the fourth, answering a Guerin 3-pointer. Coleman also had six rebounds.
Dan Werner had a strong first half, scoring 11 points overall on 4-of-5 shooting. He had seven first-quarter points and had all four of the Marauders' points in the third before Coleman's buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Stephen Turner and Anthony Burnett scored four points each. Turner and Zach Spears each had five rebounds.
Coleman and Werner shared McCordsville Family Dentistry Player of the Game honors.
Aaron Brennan had eight points and 13 rebounds to lead Guerin Catholic. Chris Burrow had eight points and nine boards. MV was 10-of-25 from the floor and 14-of-22 from the line in the game.
MV is now 21-1 overall. Guerin finishes with a 17-6 record.
New Castle 63, Greenfield-Central 49: The Cougars had a great start, building a 9-3 lead early and going into the second tied at 13-13. But New Castle gradually pulled away in the third quarter to win the game.
Korey Ryan was a big reason why. The Trojan scored 30 points to lead the way, including four 3-pointers in the first half, and 18 points in the second half.
Griffin Lowe had six first-quarter points to lead the Cougars, and Derek Conley had a strong second-half effort to pull the Cougars back into the game.
New Castle outscored G-C 20-10 in the third to go up 43-27 at the end of three. Conley led an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to eight, but the Trojans answered with a pair of 3-pointers to pus the lead back into double digits.
Conley had 17 points to lead the Cougars. Lowe had 14. Tate Hall had six points.
Steven Bennett and Joel Haler scored 15 points each for New Castle to complement Ryan's 30.
G-C finishes the season with a 5-16 record. New Castle moves on to face Pendleton Heights for the sectional title Saturday night at the New Castle Fieldhouse. NC is 13-9, PH 14-9.
Local sectional fields
Class 3A at Mt. Vernon
Class 4A at New Castle
Class 4A at Center Grove
Class 2A at Hagerstown