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Boys basketball: Mt. Vernon beats Hamilton Heights 56-47

12:00 AM, Jan. 06, 2013 EST

The winning streak continued for Class 3A No. 2 Mt. Vernon on Saturday. All the Marauders needed was a single half.

Stephen Turner led the way with 22 points as the host Marauders (10-0) knocked off Hamilton Heights 56-47.

"We just worked the ball around, really," Turner said. "We wanted to take the ball and really get good shots. We just got shots that we wanted and didn't let them force the tempo on us."

Turner scored 13 in the first half and the Marauders took a 30-17 lead by halftime that they never gave up. C.J. Coleman added 19 points for Mt. Vernon.

Alex Etherington had 21 points and Kellan Hughes scored nine for Hamilton Heights, which fell to 5-3.

Forcing the tempo is exactly what the Huskies wanted to do.

"We talked coming in that controlling the tempo was going to be huge," Hamilton Heights coach Chad Ballenger said. "We want to play quick, they want to play slow and dictate what they want to do with their defense."

The Marauders led 13-10 by the end of the first quarter after they jumped out to a 6-0 lead, including a layup and a dunk by Turner.

It's things as simple as the dunk that makes Turner so valuable.

"Him coming out and getting the dunk early in the game and being such a stabilizer in the second half," Mt. Vernon coach Steve Lynch said. "We continue to defend really well and that continues to keep us in ballgames."

Grant Weatherford scored for the Huskies, then Turner scored to make it 8-2.

The Marauders just kept on going. They went on a 10-0 run over the first half of the second quarter before Bo O'Laughlin hit a free throw for Hamilton Heights.

Turner scored at the start of the second quarter to give the Marauders a 15-10 lead, then went to the line to make it 17-10.

Coleman scored a basket and two free throws and Dan Werner scored. Turner scored again and the Marauders led 23-10.

Etherington scored to start the second half before Werner made two free throws to make it 32-19.

But then the Marauders missed a shot and turned the ball over three times. Weatherford scored twice to cut the deficit before Turner scored on a short jumper to make it 34-23. The Huskies were never able to get over the hump.

"We just have to keep doing what we're doing," Turner said, "keep playing well, keep preparing in practice and keep playing well."



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