MOUNT VERNON — It was a chance for the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets basketball to move up in the standings, but their shooting was as cold as the icy winds outside.
The Jackets (7-8, 4-4 OCC) were never able to put their game together and lost to Kilbourne, 48-32, to drop into fifth place in the Capital Division.
The Jackets wanted some traction on their home court for a stretch run. Going into Friday’s Ohio Capital Conference match up with the Wolves (10-7, 6-3 OCC), both teams found themselves tied in the loss column with Delaware Hayes and Franklin Heights. The latter two, along with first place New Albany (5-7, 5-2 OCC), were idle.
“It was our second crack at Kilbourne and it was on our floor,” said Mount Vernon coach Kurt Kaufman. “It just didn’t come out the way that we needed it to come out.”
Not only were the Jackets having trouble from the floor and the free-throw line (9-of-18), but they were the victim of seven Kilbourne steals in the first half.
“You’ve got to take care of the basketball,” said Kaufman. “That gave them momentum. They were able to get steals, and then convert them on the other end. Those are four-point swings.”
The Wolves got up on Mount Vernon right away, taking advantage of several turnovers to grab an 11-4 lead. Kilbourne’s Seth Hill landed a 3-pointer, while teammate Mike Chambers scored three times, including once on a steal that he took himself for a layup.
The Yellow Jackets had a 9-8 advantage in rebounds in the first half, but they couldn’t convert. They were only able to manage a pair of field goals in each of the first two quarters.
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