WESTERVILLE — Friday’s sectional final match between Mount Vernon and Westerville South was between two Division I programs, but the Wildcats were more Division I than the Yellow Jackets.
With four recruits verbally committed to NCAA Division I schools, fifth-seeded South had no problem winning the Sectional title with a 64-28 victory.
“They’re a quick team, an athletic team, and they really go after the ball,” Mount Vernon head coach Doug Savage said of the Wildcats. “We tried hard and we played hard, but they were just a better team.”
South (18-5) had a definite edge in height, with nine players 5-foot-8 and taller and five of those 5-10 and up. Mount Vernon (12-12) had three at or over 5-8, and only one, Peyton McCord, at 5-10. That translated to shooting percentage of 55 percent (26 of 47) for the Wildcats to the Jackets’ 36 percent (9 of 25). South also showed its versatility by hitting 7 of 16 3-pointers (44 percent), and the Jackets missed all five of their attempts. Mount Vernon outscored the Wildcats at the line, going 10 of 15 (67 percent) to their 5 of 9 (56 percent), but South committed only 11 turnovers to 23 for the Jackets.
The Wildcats’ height and quickness was put to good use in all four quarters, as they never allowed more than eight points in any single period. A 17-6 first quarter put them ahead by double digits early, and a 21-8 second quarter extended the lead to 38-14 at the break.