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Lady Cats find positives

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By Jamie Grabert

The Mount Vernon Girls’ Basketball team knew there were big shoes to fill this season – height, experience, skill and talent. In 2016, the team graduated five seniors. This year, the key word was improvement. It’s what those who know sports refer to as a “rebuilding year” because what else can you do?

So, this season the Lady Cats set out to improve their skills, and that’s what they did. Although finishing 2-21 overall (0-6 in the Big Eight), this group of inexperienced players never gave up and kept working to improve. Scores didn’t often reflect the actual game for fans.

Trophy awards were presented to three players this season. Hallie Fisher, daughter of Krista Fisher) was named Most Valuable Player. Alison Simpson (daughter of Brian and Rhonda Simpson) earned Mental Attitude Award winner. Madison Rodgers (daughter of Chad and Camella Rodgers) received Newcomer of the Year.

The team scored 737 points this season, averaging 32 points per game. They hit 160 of 302 free throws, 47 of 179 three-point shots and 218 of 759 field goals. They also managed 178 assists, 40 blocked shots, 160 steals and 657 rebounds (213 offensive, 444 defensive). The Lady Cats fought the turnover stat line all season, recording 591 on the year.

Category leaders were:  

• Total points scored: Hallie Fisher (272)

• Average points per game: Fisher (13.6)

• Field goal percentage: Megan Ghrist (39%)

• Three-point field goal percentage: Summer Sanders (33%)

• Free throw percentage: Fisher (70%)

•Rebounds: Alison Simpson (137) – This is the top total rebounds for the season.

• Average rebounds per game: Ghrist (8.3) – Ghrist played in only 13 of the 23 games due to injury. She posted 108 rebounds on the season.

• Assists:  Fisher (60)

• Blocked shots: Fisher (12)

• Steals: Fisher (50)

All Lady Cats players lettered this season, including juniors Danielle Minton, Hallie Fisher and Alison Simpson; sophomores Leah Bilskie and Megan Ghrist; and freshmen Demi Collins, Bailee Hunsinger, Madison Rodgers, Summer Sanders and J’Lea Schneider.

Team manager Emma Hazlett was presented her freshman numerals and a junior varsity certificate.

The Lady Cats are coached by Doug Blar, who is assisted by Nick “Gameday” Burton, Jade Dixon and Lauren Stemple.