BELLVILLE — Mount Vernon had a tough time shaking off Clear Fork in the Colts’ home gym on Friday, but a big fourth-quarter performance at the charity stripe boosted the Yellow Jackets to a 61-55 Ohio Cardinal Conference victory.
“It’s never easy to win games on the road, and tonight definitely wasn’t easy,” Mount Vernon coach Nick Coon said. “Give Clear Fork a lot of credit as they came out and played inspired basketball on their Senior Night.
“We played well offensively for the most part, as we shared the basketball and were able to get quality shots, especially in the second half,” Coon said. “We made enough of our free throws late in the game to seal it. Defensively, we struggled after the initial shot went up, as we gave them too many second chance points.”
A lot of the Jackets’ quality shots came from behind the arc, as the team made nine of their 20 field goals from long distance. Clear Fork hit six treys among its 22 shots. The Colts went 5 of 7 (71 percent), but Mount Vernon scored more points at the stripe, going 12 of 19 (63 percent). The Jackets made only 1 of 4 attempts at the line through the first three quarters, but finished in style by making 11 of 15 (73 percent) in the fourth quarter alone.