MT. VERNON —
“They beat some good teams in the Collinsville tournament,” Gamber said. “To beat East St. Louis, that's a quality, quality win. And to play Lincoln as close as they did. Lincoln had been blasting everybody in that tournament.”
Mt. Vernon struggled in a loss at home against Marion and close win at Waterloo, but followed Christmas with a third-place finish at the Effingham-Teutopolis Christmas Classic.
Gamber said one of the most critical aspects for the Rams is containing the Crusaders' driving abilities.
“If we can't stop their drive, they're going to kill us,” Gamber said. “We're going to have to start with stopping that.”
Althoff's offense is led by a pair of young players. Jordan Goodwin paces the team as a freshman, and Brendan Gooch is the second leading scorer as a sophomore.
“They've got a lot of weapons,” Gamber said. “They can score in a lot of different ways.”
Tonight's matchup starts with the junior varsity game at 6:15 p.m.