The Monett Cubs had the Mt. Vernon Mountaineers on the ropes for the first 16 minutes of play Friday night, but in the second half, it was all Mountaineers and Monett fell 53-37.
The score was tied after the end of the first period at 11-11. Monett's pressure defense helped the Cubs take a 20-18 lead into intermission.
Monett couldn't maintain the momentum in the third period as Mt. Vernon outscored the Cubs 15-2 to take a commanding 33-22 lead.
Kaden Jones led Mt. Vernon in scoring with 18 points. Taylor Myers added 13.
Scoring for Monett were: Tyler Green and Travis Thompson, 10 each; Jacob Fair, 9; Tyler Webb and Kyle Woods, 3 each; and Dillon Freudenthal, 2.
Monett will travel to Aurora. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.