Bill Davis/News Mount Vernon’s Alexa Skal (22) breaks away from Mansfield Madison’s Tara Andrews after stealing the ball during the first half of Thursday’s Ohio Cardinal Conference game. The Yellow Jackets won, 58-43.

 

Bill Davis/News A fan in the Mount Vernon student section attempts to distract Mansfield Madison’s Leah Boggs (13) during a free-throw attempt in the first half of Thursday’s Ohio Cardinal Conference game. The Yellow Jackets won, 58-43.

 

Bill Davis/News Mount Vernon’s Maggie Nussbaum (20) looks to score past Mansfield Madison’s Rebecca Phelps (33) during the first half of Thursday’s Ohio Cardinal Conference game. The Yellow Jackets won, 58-43.

 

MOUNT VERNON — Doug Savage spent most of the past week in the hospital with chest pains.

So it came as a big surprise to some when the Mount Vernon girls basketball coach was back on the bench Thursday, leading the Yellow Jackets to a 58-43 victory over Mansfield Madison at The Hive.

“I feel good. Real good,” the 65-year-old coach said. “I had a hiccup this week. Hopefully, we’ve got it rectified now. It’s something I’ll have to watch for the rest of my life.”

Taylor Gregory scored 26 points for the Yellow Jackets, who earned their sixth straight win. Gregory also pulled down 10 rebounds.

Savage’s only concern on the court was trying to find a way to stop Madison’s Brooklyn Arnold, who averages just under 12 points a game. Arnold scored 22 on Thursday, despite being guarded by Gregory, Denasan Spalla and Morgan Jessup. Because of Arnold, the Rams, who are winless in the Ohio Cardinal Conference, never allowed the Jackets to pull away.

The only thing that slowed Arnold down was a leg injury in the third period that limited her minutes in the second half.

 

Bill Davis: 740-397-5333 or bdavis@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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