MOUNT VERNON — The loudest cheers at The Hive didn’t come during the Mount Vernon girls basketball team’s 63-22 drubbing of Franklin Heights on Friday. They came about 10 minutes later.
In the locker room, Mount Vernon head coach Doug Savage announced that Big Walnut had beaten Olentangy at the buzzer. The loss for the Braves meant the Yellow Jackets were all alone in first place in the Ohio Capital Conference.
The cheers could probably be heard as far as Lewis Center.
“It’s awesome,” said Savage. “We thought we’d be tied for first. I’m on my guard in every league game. We have a long way to go before we play Olentangy.”
Mount Vernon’s win — its 11th straight — put the team at 8-0 in Capital Division play. Olentangy is now 7-1.
“We’re a great big family, and we have a lot of fun, all the time,” said senior Leslie Day. “Winning just makes it even better.”
It was hard to believe that the Jackets could still have that much energy to celebrate. They were lively throughout Friday’s game, cheering for one another from the regular starters to the last player on the bench.
Mount Vernon (11-1) attacked from the 3-point line throughout the night. The Jackets shot 16 times from beyond the arc, sinking six of them. Kaitlin Dallas went 4-for-7 to finish with a team-high 12 points. Sierra Basista and Rachel Parks sank the other two.
The Jackets played an aggressive defense, forcing steals and getting shots in transition. The team collected nine steals in the first period alone, 19 for the game. Basista led with six.
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