MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets were just not quite able to shake off a slow start, getting outmuscled by the Mansfield Senior Tygers, 61-47, in their Saturday afternoon Ohio Cardinal Conference matchup.
Talayzha Catchings and JayJahnae Feagin both got three field goals in the opening quarter to give the Tygers an early 13-6 lead. Catchings led all scorers with 22 points, while Feagin finished the game with 20 points.
The Jackets had a few weapons of their own, getting a putback from Macee Marcum (six points) and three scores from Layne Lepley (18 points), including a three pointer, to close the Tygers’ lead to 18-15 at the end of the first quarter.
“We had 15 turnovers in the first half,” said Mount Vernon coach Doug Savage. “Our girls know it, but it’s another thing to stop doing it.”
Mansfield Senior, clinging to a two-point lead, 31-29, early in the third quarter, got a pair of 3-pointers from White. On top of that, the Tygers took over under the boards. Feagin scored and drew a foul late in the third quarter, but missed the ensuing foul shot. Teammate Brianna Perry grabbed the rebound and missed the putback. Then, Feagin got the ball three more times, finally scoring to bump up her team’s lead to 45-33 late in the period.
The Tygers had 30 rebounds — 18 of them on the offensive side of the court.
“We knew that Mansfield’s best girls were (Catchings and Feagin),” Savage said. “Catchings has the potential to be player of the year in the conference. Feagin is a real athlete. We knew they were going to be a handful, but when (White) hit her 3’s it put the damper on us.”
Earlier in the afternoon, Mac Schlosser had 11 points for the JV Jackets, as they defeated the JV Tygers, 36-21.
The Jackets will kick off the new year Thursday, hosting undefeated Wooster in an OCC matchup at 7 p.m.