Seeking Consistency: Marauders start strong, fall behind fast in loss to No. 4 Millers – The Daily Reporter

Madison Swingle of Mount Vernon is under pressure against Noblesville on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

NOBLESVILLE – The Mount Vernon girls’ regular season basketball schedule is designed for pre-season team testing in February.

On Tuesday night, 4A host Noblesville Millers 4A Robbers provided a poignant lesson.

The Millers top guard Ashlyn Shedd, a 5-foot-10 junior, scored a game-high 34 points with University of Connecticut women’s coach Gino Orima in attendance, and the Marauders came short, dropping 64-30.

The Thieves (10-7) stopped close to the first quarter, trailing 12-8, but Millers, and especially Shedd, ran out of their 14-point lead before halftime and didn’t concede the advantage.

Shedd scored 18 points in the first inning with three three throws, while the Thieves were unable to break two numbers in any frame during the match.

Ellery Minch’s sophomore Mount Vernon had a team-high 18 points with nine points each inning, but the thieves shot 13 of 45 (29 percent) in the game as Millers went 24 of 57 (42 percent) with 11 of 23 from farthest. So. the bow.

“I thought the first 10 minutes of the game, we pretty much did what we wanted to do, but because we did what we wanted and we had passes wide open, five feet wide open and triples wide open and then Mount Vernon head coach Julie Shelton said: We started to turn her around. We didn’t go back to defending. We started doing things to let them have an easy look.”

More than 10 first-half turnovers gave Millers ample opportunities to convert, with 16 points in the team’s second quarter, even when Shedd came out after picking up her third foul with 3 minutes left, 42 seconds left in the inning.

Once Shedd sat on the bench, the Thieves cut the difference to nine points, 24-15, on the Madison Swingle bucket with 3:29 remaining, but Noblesville’s Meredith Tepner, Reagan Wilson, Kaitlin Shoemaker, Ava Shoemaker and Brooklyn Smitherman opted for a plodding.

The group captured 17 of the Millers’ next 23 points ahead of the fourth quarter en route to a third consecutive program win. Noblesville’s only losses were at 4A No. 2 Bedford North Lawrence, 59-40, 4A No. 6 Westfield, 47-42, and 4A No. 8 Fishers, 57-45.

Shadow finished the night with 11 rebounds and five assists. Wilson scored 11 points and nine assists, while Tepner added seven points with five rebounds. Smithman scored seven rebounds and scored six points.

“I have been probably the most disappointed defensively all year because we are so inconsistent in defence. We will give the team two points in a quarter, then 19 in a quarter. We let our defense go as our attack progresses, and we have to at least clean that up,” Shelton said. It should be better for us because we’re not going to score a lot, constantly, so we have to focus our attention on defence.”

With a thieves defense often leading to transition baskets, points evaded Mount Vernon in the second half with just six field goal attempts. The Millers went up 17-3 in the fourth quarter pushing their margin to 38 points, 64-26 before Minch cut it to 34.

Swingle finished the match with six points and nine rebounds. Chloe Patterson scored four points and four rebounds as the thieves were tasked with 19 turns and had only five assists as a team.

“I know it’s frustrating if you don’t make shots, but you can’t let that affect the rest of the game,” Shelton said. “I don’t want to pressure any of them, but we make it too hard for ourselves. I think we’re either putting too much pressure on ourselves or not really focused on trying to make it happen. We’re just shooting it. There’s a huge difference in the mindset of just shooting to shoot. And shooting to make it happen.

“We’re still young and none of those kids should be the recorder, so I’m trying to be patient with that, but someone will have to figure that out next month.”

The Thieves have struggled with persistence this season, winning no more than three games in a row and after Tuesday, losing 2 of their 3 competitions. They won 5 of 7 before their difficult stretch, including a pair at the Twin Lakes Championships in late December.

Resume Mt. Vernon set his schedule against the Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Shelbyville at home on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. with only six pre-season games remaining.

“It’s just inconsistent. We’ve had ups and downs, and in some situations, you just can’t.” As the game progresses, the frustration builds. Much of that inexperience. Every kid plays a new role or no team has played before, so in their defense you play with a top five team in the state and certainly none of them have had to carry any kind of scoring weight whatsoever. This is all new. It can happen, but defensive things can’t happen.”

Noblesville 64, Mount Vernon 30

Noblesville 12 16 19 17 17 – ; 64

Mount Vernon 8; 9; 6; 7; -; 30

Mount Vernon (10-7): Ellery Minch 7 2-2 18, Madison Swingle 3 0-0 6, Shay Shipley 0 0-0 0, Kaitlin Lavie 0 0-0 0, Alina Nugent 0 0-0 0, Chloe Patterson 2 0-4 4, Easton Wampler 0 0-0 0, Canyonray Kenny 1 0-0 2, Riley Brett 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 2-6 30.

Noblesville (15-3): Ashlynn Shade 12 3-4 34, Brooklyn Smitherman 3 0-0 6, Reagan Wilson 4 0-0 11, Ava Shoemaker 1 0-0 3, Meredith Tippner 3 1-2 7, Kaitlyn Shoemaker 1 1-2 3, Brooklyn Eli 0 0-0 0, Danny Mendes 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 5-8 64.

3-point field goals: Mount Vernon 2 (Minch 2), Noblesville 11 (Shedd 7, Wilson 3, Shoemaker 1).

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