Mt. Vernon’s girls basketball team lost 53-35 against Belleville West in the opening round of the Mascoutah Invitational Tournament on Thursday.
West took a 20-4 lead after the opening quarter and had a 31-14 edge at halftime.
“They were very athletic and very quick,” Mt. Vernon coach Jeff Lonnon said. “Probably the quickest, more athletic team that we’ve played all year, and they really pressured us all over the floor.”
Aaliyah Palmer led the Lady Rams with 17 points. Hannah Owens added eight points. Other scorers for Mt. Vernon were: Courtney Scarbrough five, Claire Ryan three and Natalie Williamson two.
“I told the kids after the game that we’re not going to see anybody like that on our schedule going down the stretch,” Lonnon said.
Mt. Vernon is 10-2 this season and faces Centralia’s junior varsity team at 10 a.m. today.