By Steven Kochersperger
Saturday afternoon’s girls’ basketball game in Mount Vernon was dubbed the “Think Pink” game. The players, coaches, and fans all wore pink for Breast Cancer Awareness and the game was well attended. And while “pink” was on everyone’s minds, the Heritage Hills girls’ basketball team left seeing red. Mount Vernon jumped to an early lead on the Patriots and never looked back beating Heritage Hills 37-18.
In recent games the Wildcats have struggled with their slow starts, especially on Saturdays. It’s something that Wildcat Coach Steve Mitchell has been placing as a point of emphasis as of late. And while the lady Cats once again got off to a slow start Saturday, it wouldn’t matter due to the fact that the Patriots were struggling to hit their shots as well.
Up 9-4 after the first period, the Wildcats entered the second period looking to play defense. And as has been true all season for the Wildcats, great defense leads to offensive opportunities and scoring.
Mount Vernon was able to hold Heritage Hills to just two points in the second period of play and stretch the lead to 21-6 at the half.
This big lead set up the Wildcats to roll the rest of the way. The Wildcats continued to play aggressively and hit their shots, especially in transition, and ended up blowing the Patriots out at home 37-18. With the win the Wildcats improved their overall record to 12-3 with just five games left in the regular season. The 12-3 record is the best the lady cats have had in well over 10 years.
And with the sectionals fast approaching Mount Vernon looks to continue to improve and get better every time they step on the court.
In order to do that, they will need all their players to continue to play together and contribute to each game.
Leading the way in scoring Saturday for the Wildcats was freshman Alexis Nall with 14. Senior Jacey Ritzert added 10 points and Ellen Foster had seven.
In reserve action the Mount Vernon wildcat Jayvee team beat Heritage Hills 48-31. It has been a great season so far for the reserves as they improved their record to 12-2 on the season. Earlier in the week the reserves played at Tecumseh and defeated their opponent 37-18.
With only five girls playing in that game the reserves outscored Tecumseh 21-2 in the second half of play with all 5 girls scoring. The reserves were led in scoring by Kellen Ray who had 16.
Mount Vernon returns to action Tuesday evening to play Reitz in the last home game of the season. The Freshman team will look to remain undefeated and will tip off at 5pm while the Jayvee at 6. The varsity matchup will tip off at 7:30.
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