By Steven Kochersperger
Times are tough for the Mount Vernon lady Wildcat basketball team. The team has already been hampered with injuries and sickness and entering this week’s games against Vincennes Rivet and Boonville the team only dressed eight players. But while many teams would just roll over and use that as an excuse, the Wildcats did not and keep on fighting each and every game. The team put themselves in a position to win but unfortunately came up a bit short as they lost to both Vincennes Rivet and Boonville.
Mount Vernon opened the game Thursday night against Rivet down 6-0 early before getting on the board. Senior Ellen Foster scored the first five points for the Wildcats and found themselves down 9-5 in the first period. The team had a hard time getting the ball to fall and entered the second period down 11-7.
But the fight that we often see out of this lady Wildcat team showed in the second period as they chipped away at the lead and eventually taking the 17-16 lead with four minutes until halftime on an Erin Wolf bucket. Mara Canada’s three pointer near the end of the period helped the Cats move that lead to 22-19 and the team entered halftime leading 22-21 feeling good about their chances.
But Rivet would show why they are ranked in the top five of the class A state rankings and went on a 6-0 run to open the third period at 27-22 over Mount Vernon. Rivet would go on to continue their roll going in the third and took an impressive 40-28 lead heading into the final period of play.
But Mount Vernon would show their resiliency once again as they locked down their defense and got their shots to fall in the final period of play. This patient play got the Cats back into the game and when Mara Canada had yet another three point basket fall with 45 seconds left in the game the Cats found themselves down one at 47-46.
The Cats would not have enough fight in them to overcome the Rivet ball club though as Rivet went on to finish the game with a 50-49 win over Mount Vernon.
Ellen Foster led the way in scoring Thursday night for Mount Vernon as she added 15 points while teammate Erin Wolf had 10 points and 10 rebounds for an impressive double double.
That was a very good team we played tonight,” Mount Vernon head coach Steve Mitchell said after the game.” The Rivet defense was great. We missed some shots in the game and if a few of those got in this might have been a different outcome. I’m proud of our team and they came out and gave us a chance to win and that’s all we can ask for.”
The Cats hoped they could right the ship on Saturday night as they headed to Boonville to face a team still looking for their first season win. But the struggles would continue for Mount Vernon as Boonville walked away victorious at 45-36 to send Mount Vernon to their third straight loss of the season.
The Wildcats now find themselves with an overall record of 3-7 entering this week’s games. The girls will play host to Mount Carmel on Thursday night before heading to Vincennes Lincoln Saturday afternoon.
By Steven Kochersperger