• Bill Davis/News Members of the student section at The Hive in Mount Vernon perform a swordfight to distract Highland’s free-throw shooter during the first quarter of Friday’s nonconference game. The Yellow Jackets won, 57-45.
  • Bill Davis/News Mount Vernon’s Kaden Daniels (4) shoots over Highland’s Chase Carpenter during the second quarter of Friday’s nonconference game. The Yellow Jackets won, 57-45.

MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets were on the verge of blowing a double-digit lead in Game 1 of the 2017-18 season.

Kaden Daniels would have none of it.

The Mount Vernon senior managed a quick steal and converted a three-point play on the other end, sparking a 12-1 run in the final two minutes of Friday’s game against Highland and leading to a 57-45 victory at both teams’ opener in The Hive.

“Resiliency. We could have given in, but that’s where our experience comes in,” Mount Vernon coach Nick Coon said. “There’s a certain trust level at this point that we know we have the guys out there that can get it done.”

Daniels’ play came after Collin Barteau hit a pair of free throws to give Mount Vernon (1-0) a three-point lead. The quick turnaround doubled the gap to six in a matter of seconds.

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