Mount Vernon clinches Hoosier Heritage Conference with victory over Delta

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As the Mount Vernon girls basketball squad celebrated as a group at the middle of the court, you could sense the excitement from a team that had just clinched it's first conference championship what seems like a very long time.

Especially if you were the head coach of the last Marauders squad to have won.

"It feels wonderful," said Mount Vernon Head Coach Julie Shelton with a smile from ear to ear. "It's been a long time coming. I'm the only one that's been here for ten years waiting for this."

The Marauders (18-0) clinched the Hoosier Heritage Conference championship on Wednesday night with a 56-31 victory over Delta (8-10), giving the program it's first HCC crown since the 2000-2001 season.

"It means so much," said Mount Vernon Junior Makenzi Reasor. "We haven't been conference champs in ten years, and it's been a goal of ours to win almost every award that we could this year. And now, it includes conference champs."

Though the Mauraders found themselves cutting down the nets after the game, the shots they were putting up in the first quarter had trouble finding the twine that the scissors eventually cut down. Three-point shots by Eagles Junior Kasin Spay, who finished with ten points, to end the first quarter and open up the second put Delta on top by the score of 12-7.

"We did start slow," said Shelton. "We've been playing a little hesitant lately, so I was glad to see us just start being aggressive in the second half. We had been missing that."

From the early second quarter and there on out the Marauders, who haven't lost a home game since January 19th, 2010, to New Castle, practically ran away with the game. Led by the three-point shooting of Sophomore Rachel Houck, who hit five threes for 15 points, Mount Vernon proceeded to blow out the Eagles.

"We were finally coming together," said Houck. "We have the energy and the talent to play good."

Both Reasor and Junior Jessica Brown finished with 12 points for Mount Vernon as well, who will now be preparing for the post-season play in a couple of weeks. The Marauders will find out their tournament draw on Sunday night, but there is always the possibility they could be pit against the team that eliminated them in the first round of 2010, 16-2 Hamilton Heights.

But with some experience of winning and achieving season-long goals now under their belts, these Mount Vernon girls know what it will take to cut down the victory nets a couple more times.

"We just have to keep on working hard," said Reasor. "But this is only going to get us more pumped for sectionals, regionals, and so on and so forth."

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