MOUNT VERNON — As the old adage goes: You live by the 3, and you die by the 3.
Mount Vernon was very much alive Friday night.
The Yellow Jackets hit 50 percent of their three-point attempts, including a run of four straight in the second quarter, to take control of their Ohio Cardinal Conference showdown with West Holmes. Mount Vernon ended up with nine 3-pointers in their 58-37 victory at The Hive.
“Those 3s are a result of us moving the basketball,” said Mount Vernon head coach Nick Coon. “We struggled in Game 1 with getting the open shots. We believed our kids would make those shots as the year goes on.”
Mount Vernon finished better than 50 percent from the field overall (18 of 35), but it was the first half where the team did the most damage. Spreading the ball around to get past the Knights’ zone defense, the Jackets hit from all over the court. Dustin Hess led the way with three 3-pointers for a total of 11 points in the half. Tim Zeller, Noah Stephens, Tyler Bills and Collin Barteau also hit 3s before the break.