Monettt, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com) -- Visiting Mt. Vernon used a big second quarter to break away from Monett and propel them to a 65-39 win in the Big 8 conference opener for both teams on Friday night.
A combination of Monett’s deliberate pace, a slow start from Mt. Vernon, and the shooting of the Cubs Kyle Woods resulted in an 8-8 tie at the end of one period of play. Woods was one player that Mountaineers head coach Skip Brock was focused on.
“We were concerned that he could have a big, big night, which he started off really well,” Brock said.
Woods netted all of Monett’s points as the Cubs would keep the pace to their liking. Sophomore post Chandler Myers helped Mt. Vernon stay even as he netted five points and grabbed six boards in the openings frame.
But Mt. Vernon’s Shane Williams would hold Woods to just a single 3-pointer in the second period while the Mountaineers took control. A bucket by Monett post Caleb Blue made the score 11-10 in favor of Mt. Vernon. But then the Mountaineers embarked on a 19-3 run, keyed by 8 points each from Williams and Zane Phillips, that would stake them to a 30-15 halftime lead.
When asked what the difference was in the second quarter, Brock was pointed. “We took care of the ball. We had some silly turnovers in the first.”
Any thoughts the Cubs had of a comeback were quickly squashed as Mt. Vernon scored the first 10 points of the second half to run their lead up to 25. The closest Monett would get from that point on was 18 when Sean Rosebaugh hit a 3 to pull the Cubs within 46-28 early in the fourth quarter. But Williams, Phillips, and Myers would continue to find the hoop to more than offset a game high 25 points from Woods, and help Mt. Vernon coast to the 65-39 win.
Mt. Vernon was led by Myers 17 points and 9 rebounds. Williams and Phillips each adding 14 points for the Mountaineers who are in good form following a good showing in the Blue and Gold Holiday Tournament.
“We’re really pleased to come over here to Monett and get a win.” said Brock of his team’s performance. “We’ve got a long way to go but we’re really happy where we’re at presently.”
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