MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets are playing like a team of stars.
On Friday, those stars soared past the Comets of Central Crossing, 74-31, for their fifth straight win in non-conference boys basketball action.
The Jackets (5-2) have shown improvement with every game, which was clearly evident on Friday. A team which, typically, goes about seven deep on the bench, played everyone on the varsity roster against the Comets. It did not matter who was in; Mount Vernon dominated in virtually every aspect over an outmatched Central Crossing team.
“I think our guys came out and played hard, doing the same things they do every day in practice,” said Mount Vernon head coach Kurt Kaufman. “Whoever our opponent is, those things have to remain constant.”
Senior guard Riley Swanson stepped up on Friday, leading the way with 24 points. Defensively, he harassed Central Crossing’s guards — the strength of the team — forcing turnovers.
Two of the Comets’ top guards, Mo Reed and Tory Clark, managed 22 of their team’s 31 points. However, they were completely cut off from their starting post players, Ricky Morgan and Matt Dwayne, who totaled a paultry four points between them.