By Aaron Kirchoff Rushville Republican
---- — FORTVILLE – A big third quarter by the Marauders and 36 points total by C.J. Coleman, Division I recruit, guided Mt. Vernon past Rushville 69-61 Friday.
Mt. Vernon improves to 6-6 on the season and the Lions drop to 5-6.
Mt. Vernon outscored the Lions 24-10 in the third quarter to rally from a three-point half time deficit. The Marauders were also solid at the free throw line, hitting 23-of-28, and they limited their turnovers to six for the game.
A Cameron Cox rebound bucket got the scoring started, but Mt. Vernon standout Coleman scored the next eight points to give the Marauders the 8-2 lead. A Bryce Dye 3-pointer stopped the Marauder run. Four straight free throws by Dan Werner pushed the lead 12-5 before the Lions put together a 7-0 run. Ricky Thompson’s 3 pointer started the run and back-to-back buckets by Alex Yurack and Kris Combs capped it. After another score from Coleman for the Marauders, Yurack’s 3-pointer gave the Lions a 15-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Thompson opened the second quarter with another 3-pointer as the Lions led 18-14. Dye hit two more 3-pointers for the Lions in the quarter, the second pushing the Rushville lead to 24-19. Yurack followed with another bomb from long range as the Lions led 27-19.
Mt. Vernon scored the final five points of the half, including a 3-pointer by Werner, to cut the Lion lead to 27-24 at the half.
Mt. Vernon got the first four points of the second half to regain the lead and making it a 9-0 run carrying over from the second quarter. Yurack’s drive put Rushville back up 29-28. Coleman, who had 12 points in the frame, hit two free throws before Yurack hit back-to-back 3pointers as the Lions led 35-30.
Michael Thompson’s traditional three-point play sparked a 17-0 run by the Marauders. Miles Wayer’s unconventional 4-point play capped the run and gave the Marauders a 47-35 lead. Two Mitch Laird free throws closed the third quarter with Rushville trailing 47-37.
The Lions made a couple runs in the fourth. Dye’s 3-pointer cut the deficit to six at 51-45. Rushville then cut the deficit to 53-48 on a traditional three point play by Cox. With 2:03 to go, Cox’s 3-pointer made it 59-54, but a traditional three point play by Mt. Vernon’s Werner and two free throws by Michael Ertel put the Marauders back in control. The Marauders held off the Lions to win 69-61.
Coleman led all scorers with 36 points. Werner finished with 17.
Yurack led the Lions with 25 points. Cox finished with 12. Dye scored 11. Ricky Thompson had six points followed by Combs four and Laird three.
The junior varsity Lions won the opening game of the night 39-30. Jon Seals had the hot hand for the Lions, hitting four 3-pointers in the first half and finishing with 21 points. Jaret Sons finished with eight points. Keith Yager added six points. Beavers finished with three points and Hallgarth added one.
Contact: Aaron Kirchoff at 765-932-2222, ext. 114