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Mount Vernon’s Sammy Cunningham dives for a loose ball along with New Albany’s Mechéla Cobb in the first quarter of Monday’s Ohio Capital Conference game.
Mount Vernon’s Sammy Cunningham dives for a loose ball along with New Albany’s Mechéla Cobb in the first quarter of Monday’s Ohio Capital Conference game. (Photo by Bill Davis) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
December 31, 2013 10:45 am EST

 

MOUNT VERNON — History has a way of repeating itself.

In December 2009, the last time the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets defeated New Albany in girls basketball, they sealed it on a free throw with 10 seconds remaining.

On Monday, with exactly 10 seconds showing on the clock, Sammy Cunningham sank a free throw to put Mount Vernon ahead, 39-36. One defensive stop later, the Yellow Jackets walked away with a win.

Mount Vernon has now won six straight and is a perfect 4-0 in Ohio Capital Conference play.

“It’s all about toughness,” said Mount Vernon head coach Doug Savage. “They’re tough. They’re locking arms, sticking together and not giving in. That’s really what it’s all about.”

Monday’s game was a scrappy, defensive showdown that saw poor shooting by both teams. Mount Vernon held the lead throughout the final three quarters, except for a minute late in the fourth quarter when the Eagles came back to tie the game, 36-all.

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