By Steven Kochersperger
Senior night is always a very special night in high school events. Tuesday night in Mount Vernon, the Wildcats played host to the Reitz Panthers on senior night and honored the Seniors that have given so much to the Wildcat program and the school. Those four seniors Rachel Cash, Jade Dixon, Jacey Ritzert, and Lauren Stemple ended the home portion of their regular season Tuesday by beating Reitz convincingly 62-31.
“That was a great way for our seniors to end the regular home season,” Wildcat coach Steve Mitchell said after the game. “We host the sectional here but these girls came ready to play tonight. Our seniors have been a big big plus for our program for years and they deserved a game like this.”
The Wildcats opened the game by taking the lead over the Panthers behind the great shooting of seniors Jade Dixon and Jacey Ritzert. Dixon had two big three-point baskets in the opening period of play while Ritzert added ten points in the period to put the Cats ahead 18-5.
That was all Mount Vernon needed to gain control of the game and cruise to the win. And while the first period was marked with senior scoring to take the lead, the second period was marked by a freshman’s play.
Freshman Alexis Nall scored the first ten Wildcat points in the second period and Mount Vernon stretched their lead taking a 34-9 lead into halftime.
The Lady Cats came out of the locker room in the third period determined to stretch the lead even more and lock the game down. That’s exactly what they did behind a stellar defensive effort. The Wildcats didn’t allow Reitz to score even one point in the third period and the Cats took that effort to stretch their lead to 45-9 heading into the final minutes of play.
The final period would see Reitz make an 11-0 run on the Cats but it was too little too late for the Panthers as Mount Vernon rolled to victory 62-31.
And while the victory is always a team victory, Wildcat coach Steve Mitchell couldn’t be more proud of his four seniors for all they have done this season and the past four years for the program.
“These girls have won more games in their four years than anyone in the history of Mount Vernon girls’ basketball,” Mitchell said. “They certainly have helped turn this program around and got it going on the right track. They are all going to be very successful in whatever they do. They’ve been a pleasure to coach for four years and it’s sad to see it end but we wish them well in all they do.”
Leading the way in scoring for the Wildcats was senior Jacey Ritzert who had 17 points. Ritzert currently ranks third all time in scoring in Mount Vernon Lady Wildcat basketball history. Senior Jade Dixon ended the ballgame with 12 points as did freshman Alexis Nall.
The Lady Cats have three more road games left on their schedule before heading into sectional play.
This week the Wildcats will travel to Harrison High School on Thursday and play two days later in Tell City as well.
By Steven Kochersperger
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