MOUNT VERNON — For the first time in six years, the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets have a shot to win a division title outright.
But it won’t be easy.
Mount Vernon’s season finale on Friday is at New Albany, last year’s Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division champ.
No title for the Eagles this year. It’s the role of spoiler they’ll try to play. Despite losing 11 upperclassmen from last season, New Albany (11-8, 9-4 OCC) is in third place in the conference.
New Albany defeated Upper Arlington, 63-48, on Tuesday — the same Upper Arlington team seeded seventh in the Division I Central District, and could end up facing Mount Vernon in the sectional final on Wednesday, Feb. 29.
In Tuesday’s game, senior Jay Marshall led New Albany with 18 points. Marshall is one of many scoring weapons the Eagles could use. He, Jalen Rhea, Jack Serbin and Avery Schneider can all hit from three-point range. As a team, they have averaged better than 30 percent from the arc in three of their last four games.
“They’ve always done that well,” said Mount Vernon head coach Kurt Kaufman. “We have to make sure we get out on their shooters and not allow those shots.”