MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets’ defense silenced one of the better offenses in the Ohio Cardinal Conference and wound up winning big.
Mount Vernon capitalized on six of seven steals in the first half, while Taylor Gregory had a double-double to lead the Jackets in a 59-31 romp over the Ashland Arrows in their final game at The Hive before the Christmas break.
The Jackets broke things wide open at the start of the game with a 15-0 run. Five of Mount Vernon’s first-quarter baskets came off of steals. Alexa Skal (10 points) and Maggie Nussbaum (14 points) had three steals each — all in the first half. The Jackets converted nine of their game total of 11 steals into points. By comparison, The Arrows had five steals, only scoring off of one in the game.
“The past few games, we weren’t ready to play,” Nussbaum said. “This time, we just wanted a win and we gave it all we had so we could show what we could do.”