Mt. Vernon still has Southwest's number

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Mt. Vernon Mountaineers laid a 74-44 loss on the Trojans on Dec. 13 at Washburn.

Mt. Vernon's Skip Brock is the Bill Belichick of area high school basketball coaches. To the Mt. Vernon faithful, he has been the basketball messiah. Frustrated opponents see him as another loss on their schedule.

But all agree on one thing: Brock is a winner. Under his guidance, Mt. Vernon has had Southwest's number, including a win in the district championship game last year.

There was no panic on the visitors' bench Thursday night when the Trojans playing in front of a rabid home crowd, raced to an 18-11 first quarter lead. Even though James Pettit knocked down three 3-pointers to give Southwest the early lead, Mt.Vernon went on to score the final 5 points of the period and trailed by only 18-16 after Joey Curl swished a trey at the buzzer.

In the post-adrenaline rush second quarter, Southwest wavered against the perennial district power. The Mountaineers switched out of their amoeba zone defense to a suffocating man-to-man scheme and the Trojans struggled to find shots. Mt. Vernon opened the period with a 10-2 run, and poured in 22 points in the period.

Luke Call provided the buzzer beater this time, sinking a long bomb from the left wing as time expired to give the Mountaineers a 38-27 halftime lead.

The third quarter saw Mt. Vernon open with a 9-2 run. Call's trey from the top of the key created a 47-29 score at the 5:01 mark. Josh Cutberth answered with a hanging jumper in the lane and a trey from the right wing to pull Southwest back within 20 but then Curl scored with a follow to beat the horn, and Mt. Vernon held a 58-36 lead at the final break.

The running clock came into play late in the fourth quarter. Mt. Vernon's largest lead of the night was 32 points, achieved when Braden Adams threw in a bomb at the 2:03 mark.

No one in the crowd could remember the last time Mt. Vernon played in the Southwest gym. If this was indeed an inaugural event, it didn't play out the way the Trojans had hoped.

One telling statistic was the free throw count. The Mountaineers shot 13 for 17 from the line. Even though Southwest went four-for-four, the Trojans didn't reach the line until the final 1:22 of the contest.

Southwest slipped to 3-3 for the season.

Scoring for Southwest: James Pettit, 16 points; Jordan Epling, 11; Cutberth, 7; Blake Barnes, 4; and Justin Pettit, Drew Farrer and Brad Daniels, 2 apiece.

Scoring for Mt. Vernon: Chandler Myers, 21 points; Call, 14; Shane Williams, 12; Joey Curl, 7; Zane Phillips, 7; Braden Adams, 6; Jacob LaSalle, 3; and Skylar Phillips and Grayson Ketron, 2 each.

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