MOUNT VERNON — For three quarters Friday, the Mount Vernon boys basketball team played toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the Ohio Cardinal Conference.
Then, Cade Stover took over.
The Lexington sophomore scored 12 points, pulled down five rebounds, blocked three shots and dished two assists in a five-minute stretch during the final quarter, leading the Minutemen to a 56-40 victory that left the crowd at The Hive stunned.
“We don’t have one kid that’s going to stop someone as athletic as that, so our team defense has to be really sound,” said Mount Vernon coach Nick Coon. “They continued to pound the ball inside, and he began to wear us down defensively.”
Stover, listed at 6-foot-5, might as well have been 10 feet tall in the final stanza. Already averaging a double-double so far this season, he improved both numbers by finishing with 25 points and 11 boards. He also blocked four shots total.