Mt. Vernon slips past Spartans

Mt. Vernon slips past Spartans

chs spartans logo 2Mt. Vernon’s size and strong play from two of it’s frontline players were the deciding factors as the Marauders defeated Connersville, 44-38, Friday night at Spartan Bowl.

Erick Shepherd, a 6-6 junior, made 6-of-9 field goals and all 4 of his free throws to score a game-high 16 points for Mt. Vernon (13-2). James McCloud, a 6-5 junior, added 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting and a pair of free throws.

Beau Isaacs scored 13 points to lead Connersville, 11 coming in the 1st half on the strength of a trio of 3-pointers. Garrett Silcott added 11 points for CHS, now 13-4.

The Marauders bolted to a 6-0 lead, including a steal and dunk by Shepherd, but the Spartans roared back, running off 11 consecutive points before Shepherd hit a jumper. CHS led, 11-8, after 1 quarter.

Shepherd and McCloud scored 4 points each in the 2nd quarter to counter 5 points by Isaacs and allow Mt. Vernon to take a 22-19 lead at halftime.

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Michael Ertel, Mt. Vernon’s leading scorer at 17.9 points a game, scored just 6 points on a pair of 3-pointers. But the baskets came back-to-back to open the 3rd quarter, helping the Marauders turn a 22-19 advantage into a 28-21 lead.

The Spartans chipped away, cutting the deficit to 30-27 heading into the final 8 minutes when Tyler Billups made a 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining in the quarter. Billups, hindered by foul trouble, scored 6 points on a pair of treys.

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The Spartans got within 34-31 in the 4th quarter when Silcott scored a layup after a steal by Chandler Graves, but Shepherd scored 8 points during the stanza to keep the Marauders ahead.

Mt. Vernon shot 17-of-31 from the floor (55 percent), CHS was 12-of-26 (46 percent). The Spartans made 8-of-13 free throws, Mt. Vernon was 7-for-8.

Grant Smith scored 6 points for Connersville, Graves added 2.

The Spartans travel to Mooresville tonight to take on the 10-5 Pioneers. Mooresville lost to Whiteland Friday, 67-61.

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