By PAUL HINES
MT. VERNON —
The Lady Rams edged Herrin 39-36 Thursday night.
Herrin had two chances to send the game into overtime, but both 3-pointers from Gabby Woodis missed.
“That’s a good team,” Mt. Vernon coach Jeff Lonnon said of Herrin. “They deserve a lot of credit.”
Courtney Scarbrough led the Lady Rams with 11 points. Claire Ryan added nine, and Hannah Owens finished with eight.
“It’s just a credit to our kids for figuring out a way to get it done because that one could have very easily got away from us,” Lonnon said.
The Lady Rams held a five-point edge at 33-28 early in the final quarter after Scarbrough hit a free throw. But Gabby Woodis canned a 3-pointer. Tori Johnson followed with a putback to tie the game at 33 with 6:15 left.
Aaliyah Palmer put Mt. Vernon up 35-33. The two teams traded baskets, and the Lady Rams took a 37-36 edge into the final three minutes.
Herrin squandered a chance to reclaimed the lead after a turnover with 2:30 left. With possession Mt. Vernon held the ball for the next 90 seconds before Kelby Kujawa drove baseline. Her pass was intercepted, and Herrin had another chance.
“That was the only little flaw we had in the last four or five minutes of the game,” Lonnon said.
With 20 seconds left, Herrin’s Abby Horn missed a turnaround shot from the baseline, and Hannah Owens grabbed the rebound. Horn led all scorers with 12 points. Still up a point and inbounding from midcourt, Mt. Vernon’s Ryan took the ball and broke for the basket. She was intentionally fouled and hit one of her foul shots to put Mt. Vernon up 38-36.
“It worked like a charm, but it’s because the kids practice it, and they were comfortable running it,” Lonnon said.
Scarbrough gave the Lady Rams a 39-36 edge after being foul on the next possession.
Mt. Vernon is 10-1 this season and travels to the Mascoutah Tournament after Christmas.