MT. VERNON —
Gary Hickman gave Cahokia a lead with 1:51 left after a layup. Austin added two more free throw to pad the edge to 39-36.
Mt. Vernon had a chance to tie the game at 40 with less than a minute left, but Fitzjerrells' driving layup missed. Mt. Vernon's final chance to tie came in the closing seconds. Doug Gardner grabbed a rebound with Cahokia up 42-40, but he stumbled and the ball rolled out of bounds to Cahokia.
Mt. Vernon is 12-9 this season and 1-6 in South Seven Conference action. The Rams travel to Jerseyville tonight.