Learning teams in a new conference can mean some hard times for any team, but the Mount Vernon boys’ basketball team is making the transition go pretty smoothly.
Getting back to road play in the Ohio Cardinal Conference on Thursday after a home win over first-place West Holmes on Monday, the Mount Vernon girls’ basketball team kept the winning going, winning its 10th game in a row with a 62-50 victory over Ashland.
Mount Vernon was never able to get much going on offense in its Ohio Cardinal Conference game at Wooster on Friday, as the Generals pulled away after a tied first quarter to win, 66-35.
Without a timeout and down by one point with 10 seconds to play on Thursday, the Mount Vernon girls’ basketball team needed a nearly-perfect play to overcome the Mansfield Senior press.
Mount Vernon had another of its Jekyll-and-Hyde games on Saturday, trailing Lexington by two at halftime before blowing open the game in the second half for a 52-27 victory.
Mount Vernon played Delaware Hayes tough on the Pacers’ home court on Wednesday, taking a one-point halftime lead after a slow first quarter. Hayes, however, raised the offensive tempo in the second half and the Yellow Jackets never caught up, falling 71-61 to their former Ohio Capital Conference rivals.
The town of Shelby might not have been named after the great car designer, Carroll Shelby, but just as his cars ran up and down America’s highways, so did the host Whippets on the basketball court against Mount Vernon on Saturday in the Northern Ohio League-Ohio Cardinal Conference Challenge.
Where Jonah Barnett ended up, in the backfield, was only a physical step or two back from where he started his football career, on the offensive line, but it was a giant leap forward in his athletic fortunes.