Hoosier Heritage Conference Tournament – Conference Finals vs New Castle (@ Pendleton Heights)
The Marauders clashed with the Trojans of New Castle, for the conference tournament championship. MV slowed down their typical full-throttle offense, opting for better ball control & methodical shot selection.
The controlled game plan worked for the Marauders, as New Castle was never able to “Trojan horse” their way back into the game, even though the final score looks closer than it seemed. The Marauders defeated the Trojans, 33-29, awarding Mt. Vernon it’s first 8th grade Hoosier Heritage Conference tournament championship since the great Dean Falkenberg’s 2004-05 squad.
Connor Cox had 10 rebs, Brian Heard with 6 rebs & 2 steals, Kiryn Dahl had 5 rebs. The two victories on the day brings the Marauders’ record to 9-1, on the season.
Conference Semifinals vs Doe Creek (@ Pendleton Heights)
After taming the Pendleton Heights Arabians to advance to the conference tournament semifinals, your Mt. Vernon Marauders tracked down the Bucks of Doe Creek. The Marauders came out hot, in the first quarter, with Cam Lusby & Brian Heard knocking down 3’s. But in the second quarter, the Bucks shedded their velvet & bucked the momentum from MV. Taking a spirited lead into the half, 15-14.
Out of the break, the Marauders came out with more poise using more ball control & stingy shot selection. By doing so, MV was able to take a three-point lead into the fourth quarter, 24-21. Drew Walker knocked in the 3 ball, from the corner pocket, & Connor Cox was revived after suffering from early foul trouble, adding a couple of BIG buckets.
In the fourth, the Marauders ran the “Creek” dry of any last ditch effort to make it a close ballgame. By controlling the ball & the game clock, MV forced the Bucks into fouling. The Marauders knocked down 10 of 13 free throws, in the fourth quarter, sending the Bucks back to Southern Hancock for the weekend. MV advanced to the conference championship, defeating Doe Creek 45-29.
Brian Heard finished with 10 points & 4 assists (3 – 3-pointers), Connor Cox with 10 pts & 5 rebs, Cam Lusby with 9 pts (2 – 3-pointers). Box score MV- 10-4-10-21= 45 DC- 7-8-6-8= 29