MILLERSBURG — Mount Vernon took its winning streak to eight straight games on Friday, but like many other games in the streak it was no cakewalk. The Yellow Jackets downed West Holmes on the road in Ohio Cardinal Conference action, 52-46.
The news got even better for Mount Vernon (13-5, 8-2) after the game, as Mansfield Senior, previously tied for first place with the Jackets, lost to Wooster, 65-56, leaving Mount Vernon all alone in first place in the OCC.
“We didn’t play our best game of the year but we made enough plays to win the game,” Mount Vernon head coach Nick Coon said. “Any road win in our conference is a good win. We have to continue to work hard and stay focused each day in practice so we can continue to improve.”
The Jackets made 22 shots for the game, with two from behind the arc. The Knights made four triples among its 18 shots. Mount Vernon was a little lacking in the free-throw department, going 6 of 12 (50 percent), over 20 percent under its seasonal average. West Holmes also held Collin Barteau, the Jackets’ leading scorer, 10 points under his 12.1 per game scoring average.
Six players scored for Mount Vernon in the first quarter, and its defense limited the Knights to just six points for a 14-6 lead. West Holmes came back with a big second quarter, scoring 14 points, and held the Jackets to 11 points, seven by Jeffrey Rucker, to cut the halftime lead to 25-20.