By Steven Kochersperger
Mount Vernon head coach Marc Hostetter says his team has been looking for a signature win to help boost them to the next level and this past Friday night they had that opportunity as they took on a 9-2 Vincennes Lincoln team that was coming off an impressive win over Evansville Bosse at home. The Wildcats knew that defense would be the key as they were taking on one of the better guards in the area as well as a duo that has played great in the post all season long. Mount Vernon took the challenge and ran with it getting the signature win they have needed and have sought beating the Alices 52-48 Friday night to remain undefeated in conference play.
“It was a fun and emotional game,” coach Hostetter said after the game. “Both teams played well but not great. I thought we did a great job against a team like that and it was an important win for us to get to help us go to the next step in our season. Our guys played well and we had some guys step up and have big games. My hope is that our guys remember what it took to prepare for this game and can come out and do it again.”
Both the Alices and the Wildcats opened the game looking rusty as time after time the teams traded shots and turned the ball over to each other. Down 2-1 early on, it was senior Colton Irvin that stepped up and came through for the Wildcats when they needed someone desperately to do so. Irvin hit two three pointers in a row and had a layup to propel the team to a 9-7 first period lead at the horn.
Irvin would be needed for the remainder of the first half as teammate Bryce Newman picked up a technical foul and had to sit on the bench due to foul trouble. Down 11-9 at this point the Wildcats got a big three pointer from guard Luke Steinhart to give Mount Vernon the lead 12-11 before Irvin took over to score the next five points to give his team a 17-15 lead. Irvin would end the first half with fifteen points as the Wildcats went to the locker room down 23-21 at the half.
And while Colton Irvin kept Mount Vernon in the game in the first half, the second half looked to belong to fellow senior Bryce Newman…
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