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Mt. Vernon's seniors overwhelm Monett's youth

Friday, February 3, 2012

Uncontested. Monett's Raigan Ratliff scores 2 points on a layup during Thursday night's game against Mt. Vernon. Monett hosts Cassville on Monday night. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The youthful Monett Lady Cubs basketball team fell 60-24 to a seasoned and senior laden Mt. Vernon squad on Thursday night.

The differences between the two squads couldn't have been more glaring.

Mt. Vernon's lineup featured a squad of five seniors who combined for three consecutive Big 8 Conference and District titles and one state championship, compared to a Monett lineup that contained one returning starter, a junior, two sophomores and a freshman.

Leading the charge. Monett sophomore Faith Schmidt drives the ball down the floor during Thursday night's Big 8 Conference game against Mt.Vernon. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
"I told the girls in my pregame speech that we had to come into this game swinging for the fences," said Monett coach Derrek Uhl. "Mt. Vernon is the champ and the only way for the challenger to beat the champ is to try to knock them out."

The champs established their dominance early.

With the game tied 2-2, the Lady Mountaineers outscored the Lady Cubs 11-4 to lead 17-6 after one quarter of play. Mt. Vernon extended the run to 38-6 outpacing Monett 27-2 in the second quarter to lead 44-8 at intermission.

"Our senior girls have put in a lot of hard work over the last four years," said Mt. Vernon coach Doug Hepler. "We moved one step closer to securing a Big 8 title and a step closer to achieving the higher goals we have for our program."

Monett struggled with the Lady Mountaineers press all night. Mt Vernon scored 18 fast break points.

The Lady Cubs showed signs of life in the third quarter with Faith Schmidt and Hunter Glouse initiating a 11-4 run to open the second half. Schmidt buried two treys and two free throws and Glouse connected on another 3-pointer. Monett trailed 55-19 entering the final period.

"We did somethings right tonight," said Uhl. "The main problem is when we made a mistake we weren't able to stop the bleeding. One mistake led to two mistakes that led to three mistakes on so on. Mt. Vernon has a good squad. In two or three years with hard work, we can be that good."

Amelia Bramer led Mt. Vernon in scoring with 13 points. MacKenzie Farmer and Tamiaya Henderson added 12 points apiece.

Scoring for Monett were: Schmidt, 11; Glouse, 5; Raigan Ratliff, 4; and Cheryl Barnes and Allie Krueger, 2 each.

The Lady Cubs host Cassville on Monday night. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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