Story by Jeremy Hood, Video Story by Ken Sothman
They finally did it! After last year’s bitter loss in the State finals, the Mt. Vernon Marauders were finally able to get that bitter taste of last years tough loss out of their mouths, defeating a highly talented Hamilton Heights Huskies team 61-47 Saturday afternoon inside the Hulman Center at Indiana State University. not only did this victory avenge lat year;’s loss, it also gave Mt. Vernon their first state title in school history.
“I couldn’t be prouder of this group” Head Coach Julie Shelton said. “We dealt with a lot of adversity this year but these great group of girls just fought and fought and fought.”
“They (Mt Vernon) just really hit some tough shots”, Huskie Head Coach Tod Windlan said, “We just never found any offensive rhythm and couldn’t execute our full court pressure defense like we wanted to”
The Marauders would cap a 9-0 at the end of the first quarter and not look back, shooting an astounding 8-14 (57.1%) from three point range and 42.1% from the field. A large portion of those threes, came from Freshman guard Sydney Shelton who could not have asked for a better performance at a better time. Shelton led the Marauders with a season high 29 points, knocking down 5 three pointers of her own, and was nearly perfect from the free throw line, showing pure dominance throughout the game.
“I want to thank God first of all for this” Shelton said”, I put my trust in him and I put my trust in my teammates also to find me whenever I was open so I could knock it down and I’ve just been really blessed all year.”
Senior forward Rachel Houck, was one of those girls who was on the Marauder team last year who came up just short in the finals but can now graduate with a blue state medal around her neck. Houck also had a terrific day contributing nine points, all from three point range, knocking down three out of her four attempts.
“I couldn’t think of a better way to end my senior year with my teammates and coaches”, Houck said, “I think we were all just ready considering we had been through so much adversity this year, but we stopped there three point shooting, we took care of the ball and did everything to execute our game plan.”