MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon girls basketball team got to do something it hasn’t been able to do through its previous 11 games … hold a victory celebration.
The Yellow Jackets did just enough to pick up a 36-34 win over visiting Danville in non-league play Monday night at The Hive.
“The kids were really excited about their first win,” MV coach Doug Savage said. “It’s fun to see the excitement on their face. They haven’t gotten to do that before. For me, that’s the fun part … when I get to see the kids excited.”
Lexi Shaffer went for a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds and McKenna Brokaw added 11 points, six rebounds and four blocks to lead MV in the win.
“I knew CeCe (Newbold) was going to be one of the toughest opponents that I would be up against,” Shaffer said. “So, I knew I was going to have to rebound and box her out as much as I could and I tried my best to do that.”
Shaffer scored eight points in the second quarter, including a pair of free throws with 1:31 left in the half that gave the Jackets the lead and they never trailed again.
MV, which opened the game 7-0, pushed the lead as high as 35-28 with 5:49 left in the game on a Brokaw put-back.
Brokaw scored eight of her 11 points in the second half and had six rebounds and four blocks for the Jackets (1-11).
“We’ve had a rough season so far, so it’s really exciting for us to get our first win,” Brokaw said.
As it turned out, that was all the points the Jackets needed.
Hannah Duncan found Newbold for a basket and Newbold added a free throw on the following possession to pull the Blue Devils within four.
Newbold scored eight of her team-high 11 points in the second half and finished with five rebounds and three steals for Danville.
Shaffer made the second of two free throws to give MV a 36-31 lead with 3:25 remaining.
Rachel Wilson made a free throw and Brooklyn Hess knocked down a pair with 1:27 left to cut Danville’s deficit to 36-34.
From there, the Devils had four chances to tie or take the lead and ended up turning it over three times and missing a shot on the other.
MV had just as many opportunities to push the lead out, but went 0-for-6 at the foul line with a turnover.
Danville shot 16 of 33 at the foul line and MV was 11 of 29 and both teams combined to turn the ball over 46 times.
“I thought both teams wanted to win bad,” Savage said. “Somehow we ended up with two more points than they did.”
Bobbi Berger had eight points, five rebounds and a pair of steals; Ally Bower added six points, two blocks and two steals and Hess chipped in five points, six boards and five steals for the Devils (10-4), who had an eight-game winning streak snapped.
“We had chances,” Danville coach Matt Proper said. “We just turned the ball over too much. We didn’t get what we needed out of our defense tonight for whatever reason. It happens sometimes.”
Danville returns to action Wednesday night at Cardington in KMAC play. MV is off until Friday night when it hosts Licking Heights in non-league play. Both games are scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m.
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