Playing against the No. 9 team in 4A, the Mississinewa Indians, despite planning for Mt. Vernon’s three-point shooting attack, were unable to stop it, as the Marauders built a 29-7 lead after the first quarter and never relinquished it in an eventual 70-33 triumph.
The Marauders hit their first 12-three point attempts and finished the game 14-for-24 from beyond the arc.
“In the first half, they started the game 10-for-10 from three and then went on to finish the half 12-for-15,” Mississinewa Head Coach Laura Friday said. “We tried different ways to close out and stop the three-ball, but they were hitting everything.”
Friday and the Indians put in the work to be able to stop the Marauders’ three-point shooting, but Mount Vernon, with each made shot, continued to build confidence, eventually pulling away and taking complete control.
“We knew that [Lexi Shelton] and [Sydnee Perry] were good three point shooters,” Friday said. “They shot about 40 percent from three. We were closing out tight to them, but if we over helped, they got open shots.”
Mississinewa played much better in the second half but were unable to bounce back from their large first-half deficit.
“In the second half, I was super proud of our girls,” Friday said. “We actually won the half 21-20. I’m proud of how we played and finished out the second half.”
Carly Bolser recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Mia Catey finished with 11 points and six rebounds in the loss.