By Steven Kochersperger
Coming into the final games of the basketball season Mount Vernon coach Marc Hostetter was hoping for his team to gain some momentum for the sectionals and maybe even steal a win from either Bosse or Castle. And while playing on the road against these two great teams is a tough task for anyone, the Wildcats kept their heads up looking for any avenue to get better as a team and prepare for this week. And when the week ended the Cats had dropped both road games and now head into sectionals hoping to end a three-game losing streak.
“There are more ways to gain momentum and prepare for the sectionals than winning games,” Hostetter said. “We are looking to get better every time we take the court and have been focusing on doing things better on every offensive and defensive possession.”
This focus was evident Tuesday at Bosse as the Wildcats had a very slow start and were able to claw their way back from 20 points down in the final period of play. It wouldn’t be enough though for the Wildcats as they dropped the game 73-59.
The game opened with the Bulldogs going on a 13-0 run and Mount Vernon found themselves down big-time and not able to do much of anything to get back into the game. That changed midway through the period as Drake McNamara and Bryce Newman hit big baskets to propel the Cats to a run of their own to eventually pull within seven points at the end of the opening period.
The Bulldogs would pull away from the Wildcats though and stretch their lead to 43-29 at the half. This lead would be stretched even further in the third period and at one point Bosse had a 61-39 lead early in the fourth period. But Mount Vernon turned on the intensity in their game and made a 14-3 run that had them feeling confident down only 11 points at 64-53. But Bosse would put the game away as the clock would become an issue for Mount Vernon and the final buzzer sounded with the score 73-59 in favor of the Bulldogs.
“Some of the intensity we had in the second half has got to be there from the beginning,” Hostetter said.”We didn’t have a few of our guys playing tonight and when you play short-handed,you have to play with better intensity. The effort we put forth in the end of the third and in the fourth quarters are what we need to win games.”
The Wildcats were led in scoring by senior Brian Koch who had 23 points to lead all scorers in the game. Junior Bryce Newman added 14 for the Wildcats and Colton Irvin had 13 as well in the contest.
The Wildcats turned their attention to Castle High School Friday night as they took on the Knights in the final game of the season. Mount Vernon pulled within three points at the half but Castle would respond by pulling ahead and taking control of the game in the second half. There was not much the Wildcats could do from there as the Knights went on to win easily 78-52. Bryce Newman had 15 points and Collin Varner added 10 in the contest for the Wildcats.
The loss to Castle ends the regular season for the Wildcats. Mount Vernon ended with a record of 16-6 and now enters sectional play this week in Boonville.
The Cats will play Friday night against the winner of Gibson Southern and Boonville.
By Steven Kochersperger
- Debbie Koester Reed on Sixth River Days hits a home run
- dee on Hunter Education class announced
- jewels on A visit to the other New Harmony, Utah
- Alicer and Charles Christmas on J. Sue Wassmer
- Mark Lacey on Chief Deputy Buchanan retires from Posey Sheriff’s Department
- December 2013 (10)
- November 2013 (21)
- October 2013 (23)
- September 2013 (11)
- August 2013 (10)
- July 2013 (29)
- June 2013 (59)
- May 2013 (60)
- April 2013 (229)
- March 2013 (158)
- February 2013 (193)
- January 2013 (192)
- December 2012 (69)
- November 2012 (143)
- October 2012 (158)
- September 2012 (152)
- August 2012 (151)
- July 2012 (191)
- June 2012 (129)
- May 2012 (71)
Popular TopicsAlexandrian Public Library American Legion APL BBQ CDC Community Center Crafts Club Deaconess Hospital Evansville Gibson Southern Harmonie State Park Historic New Harmony Indiana INDOT Kiwanis Lady Vikings Lady Wildcats Main Street Maple Hill Cemetery Mater Dei Matthew Catholic Church Mount Vernon MSD MVHS New Harmony New York North Elementary North Posey Posey Posey County Posey County News Poseyville Purdue Extension Red Cross Reunion Southern Indiana Tell City United Methodist Church United Way University USI Viking Vikings Wadesville WMI