MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon girls basketball team dug itself a hole it couldn’t quite get out of Tuesday.
The Yellow Jackets rallied late to offset a bad third quarter, but it wasn’t enough as Watkins Memorial scored with three seconds remaining to come away with a 49-47 Ohio Capital Conference victory at The Hive.
“We didn’t give up. The girls kept fighting along,” said Mount Vernon coach Joe Rucker. “The fact we had to come back at the end is really a testament to how we played the first three and a half quarters. We shouldn’t have been in that situation. But, give credit to the girls. We continued to fight all the way up until the last three seconds.”
The Yellow Jackets (11-11 overall, 4-10 OCC) trailed by as many as eight points in the third quarter, but battled back to tie the game up with 25 seconds left. But, Watkins’ Vicki Smith continued her dominance, scoring a nice up-and-under basket with three seconds left to steal away the victory.
Smith had been a thorn in the side of the Jackets all night long. She scored 17 points, many of which came on putbacks after her game-leading 10 offensive rebounds.
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