Both teams were ready to battle from the tip off. Mt. Vernon took the lead, with Aurora never far behind. Some well placed 3-point shots put the Houn’ Dawgs ahead for a short time.
The Lady Mountaineers, however, took advantage of turnovers and fouls to end the first half up 28-18.
Mt. Vernon was missing its leading 3-point shooter, Audrey LaSalle, due to a torn ACL. Coach Jamie LaSalle was pleased with how the girls were able to take up the slack.
”We had to work hard to change our game a little bit to more of an inside game. We have the girls to do it. It’s just hard after getting used to so many 3s. Aurora put pressure on us. They get after it on full court. They play so many girls, they don’t mind fouling. This is the third time we have played this year. Each game has gotten more physical.”
During the second half, the Houn Dawgs’ did their best to keep the score close, closing the gap to within three points during the fourth quarter. The Mountaineers continued their command of the game, ending at 51-41. Mt Vernon had three girls with double digit scoring: Tamiaya Henderson with 18 points, Layne Drake with 17 points, and Mackenzie Farmer with 13 points.
Aurora coach Kevin Besch thought his girls played well.
“The second quarter killed us. It was quite the game changer. Mt Vernon is good. They are missing LaSalle, but they had other girls that stepped up and filled that roll,” he said. “It was one of those games. They are a rival with us so it doesn’t matter. They are going to come out and play hard.”
Mt Vernon next plays McDonald County, February 5th at home. Aurora will next play at Carl Junction on February 7th.
Mt Vernon-Tamiaya Henderson 18, Laynie Drake 17, Mackenzie Farmer 13, Blair Tettenhorst 2,Megan Pope 1
Aurora-Baylee Hilton 11, Kendra Eden 10, Rachel Parker 9, Lakin Waggoner 5, Regain Cline 2, Jordan Hall 2, Erica Tucker 2