Mt. Vernon Register-News

Sports

February 12, 2013

Season ends for Lady Rams

HERRIN — Mt. Vernon searched for the right rhythm but never found it in a 44-28 loss to the Herrin Lady Tigers in Tuesday’s regional semifinal.

“We were trying to drink coffee with a fork,” Mt. Vernon coach Jeff Lonnon said. “We could not get anything going. We couldn’t get any momentum. I tried everything I knew of.”

The Lady Rams shook off a slow start to close within a point at halftime. But Herrin exited the half and built a seven-point edge late in the third. Herrin took a double-digit edge in the final quarter, and the Lady Rams were forced to foul late in the game. The Lady Tigers hit 11 of 14 attempts from the foul line in the final quarter.

“We did everything we could tonight and nothing worked,” Lonnon said. “And sometimes that just happens.”

Mt. Vernon struggled from the field, hitting nine of its 32 shots. Herrin stymied the Lady Rams offense with zone defense.

“When you can’t hit shots against zone and you can’t throw it inside, you’re in trouble,” Lonnon said.

Behind Abby Horn’s 14 rebounds, the Lady Tigers doubled up Mt. Vernon on the boards.

“We’re a little team with a nice sized center but outside of Hannah we’re small,” Lonnon said. “We are a small, tiny 3A basketball team. That hurt us tonight too.”

Kelby Kujawa was the lone Lady Rams in double figures with 10 points. Kujawa opened the game with three consecutive buckets from the field but couldn’t connect for the remainder of the game.

“They covered Kelby up after the first two threes she made,” Lonnon said. “Then that had to fall on some other shooters, and we didn’t hit. They had us dead in the water offensively.”

Herrin opened the game with a 7-2 spurt. Mt. Vernon’s only lead of the game came after Kujawa hit her second straight 3-pointer that put the Lady Rams up 8-7 with 30 seconds left in the quarter.

Herrin opened the second half with a 7-0 run to take a commanding 23-15 edge that left the Lady Rams trying to fight back for the rest of the game.

Mt. Vernon ended the season with a 20-6 record.

“They should be defined by this season,” Lonnon said. “This was the best season overall in terms of wins and success of what they’ve had in (nine) years.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Hines Sight: Cards aggressive at deadline

    It's been a wild couple days for Cardinals fans.

    They've seen their team and management engage in a flurry of deadline trading activity unlike the past few seasons. St. Louis ripped off a deal a day in the two leading up to the deadline.

    July 31, 2014

  • Young Lady Rams gain vital summer experience

    This summer might have been more critical than usual for player development within the Lady Rams basketball program.

    We graduated six seniors, and we're not kidding ourselves in saying we're going to be veteran because we're not,” Mt. Vernon coach Jeff Lonnon said.

    July 29, 2014

  • Rams spend time at SIU football camp

    The Rams football team spent a little time away from their traditional summer practice setting at the end of last week.

    On Thursday close to three dozen sophomores, juniors and seniors traveled to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale for a football team camp. The camp, which included three other high schools, wrapped up Saturday.

    July 28, 2014

  • Hines Sight: St. Louis, Chicago bring exciting aspects into season

    St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears fans have reasons to be excited for the upcoming football season.

    Both teams feature explosive young talent, who have a chance to dominate the league. Challenges also stand in their way.

    July 25, 2014

  • Sam Root award Root calls award 'humbling'

    Webber's baseball team capped the season with several individual honors, and coach Sam Root recently added to the postseason awards list.

    Root, who guided the Trojans to the 1A state finals in Peoria this spring, was named the Southern Illinois Baseball Coaches Association 1A Coach of the Year.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rays win 6th straight, 7-2 over Cardinals

     Jake Odorizzi allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings and Yunel Escobar highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-2 victory over the StLouis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

    July 22, 2014

  • MTV-Salem Junior Legion Salem ends Mt. Vernon's season

    A sacrifice fly made the difference in Salem's 1-0 win against the Post 141 Junior Legion team Monday.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Breese shuts down Mt. Vernon

    Post 141's Junior Legion team lost 4-0 to the Breese Gray Post 976 squad on Sunday in the district title game.

    July 20, 2014

  • Juniors top Salem

    An early lead and strong pitching propelled the Post 141 Junior Legion team to a 3-1 win over Salem in the district tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon.

    July 19, 2014

  • 7-19 jr. legion cut Lyday shuts out Bluford MT. VERNON — Jeremiah Lyday went the distance and Mt. Vernon’s Jr. Legion squad did just enough offensively to advance in the district tournament at Brennan Klein Field on Friday.Lyday scattered three hits and recorded six strikeouts as Post 141 shut

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

Tom Lindley Sports