By Steven Kochersperger
Sometimes you need to just move on and leave things in the past. This is exactly what the Mount Vernon girls’ basketball team needed to do after their performance at Harrison High School Thursday night. And lucky for them, they had Saturday to bounce back in Tell City.
Thursday night the Cats lost to the Harrison Warriors in overtime 48-47 in a game that felt like an off game for the Cats. The loss seemed to take the wind out of the Wildcat’s sails especially since sectional play is right around the corner.
“We got outworked and out hustled tonight and there is no excuse for us as a veteran ballclub to show the lack of composure we showed,”Wildcat coach Steve Mitchell said after the game.” For some reason we weren’t ready to play and I don’t know why. Harrison has a good ball club and I don’t want to take anything away from them, but we are just disappointed in our performance tonight. If we want to win the sectional we have to play a lot better than that.”
And while the Wildcats did not play great team basketball, freshman Alexis Nall and Junior Ellen Foster seemed to show flashes and kept Mount Vernon in the game. Nall opened the lackluster first period by scoring four points, the only points the team would score in the opening period of play. Foster came on by keeping the score close in the second period by scoring four points herself as the Wildcats found themselves down at the half 15-11.
The third and fourth periods would be better for the Wildcats but Mount Vernon struggled to ever find themselves in a place to take the lead. With 2:25 left in the game Foster hit a basket to pull the Wildcats within one point at 38-37. But as was the case each time Mount Vernon came close to tying or leading in the contest, Harrison hit a big shot to stretch their lead. This would come to an end as the lady Cats came back to tie the game with 25.7 seconds left on the clock behind Ellen Foster’s two clutch free throws. And when Harrison failed to win the game on a buzzer beater the game went into overtime.
Early in the overtime the Wildcats finally took the lead behind a free throw by Alexis Nall. This lead would be short lived and the Warriors went on a run to take a four point lead with just a minute left in the overtime. Jade Dixon hit a buzzer beating three pointer in the end but the Wildcats would be one point shy of giving themselves more time to pull out the win.
Alexis Nall led the Wildcats in scoring Thursday with 17 points while Ellen Foster added 15.
The Wildcats took the loss and bounced back just a few days later playing much better, especially on the defensive end, to beat Tell City on the road. Senior Jade Dixon scored 10 points to lead the Wildcats as they went into Tell City to beat the Marksmen 40-31.
The Wildcats find themselves 15-4 on the season with just one game left until sectional play. Mount Vernon plays this Thursday at Memorial before playing on their own court in the sectionals next week.
In reserve action Thursday Mount Vernon beat Harrison 33-26 behind Kellen Ray’s 8 points and 13 rebounds. Stephanie Bulla also had 8 points for the Cats and Mara Canada added 7 in the contest.
By Steven Kochersperger
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