CARBONDALE – After holding just a six-point lead at halftime, Carbondale erupted for 27 points in the third quarter and picked up a lopsided win over Mount Vernon, 69-38, Thursday in South Seven Conference girls basketball.
The Terriers (8-8, 6-1) didn’t play particularly well in the opening 16 minutes and led just 22-16 at halftime. The third quarter was a completely different story.
Carbondale ripped off the first eight points of the period, and Kandace Jones supplied six of those points.
“We just had to pick up the energy and the intensity, and Mount Vernon did a good job of taking us out of our rhythm in the first half,” said Carbondale coach Marialice Jenkins. “At halftime, the kids decided they wanted to come out and play our style. We got some steals and breakaways, and almost immediately our energy came up.”
The Terriers opened up a 30-16 lead on the Lady Rams. But Mount Vernon scored the next five points, capped off by a basket from Lauren Heinzman. That cut the Carbondale lead to nine, but it was all Terriers after that.
Skylar Miller started and finished a 14-2 run for Carbondale. Paige Bird buried a 3-pointer during that time.
The Lady Rams suddenly fell behind by 21 points.
“I told them after the game that it’s kind of scary what we could do if we played four solid quarters,” Jenkins said. “We only played two good quarters tonight. But I was happy the way the girls responded in the second half.”
Nothing went right for Mount Vernon (4-11, 2-4) after halftime. The Lady Rams forced the Terriers to play at their pace in the first half, but that didn’t happen in the third and fourth quarters.
“We have to play slow, and you could see why in the second half,” said Mount Vernon coach Jeff Lonnon. “I thought we did a really good job in the first half. We made a few mistakes early in the third quarter, and then there was blood in the water.”
The Terriers did a great job of sharing the basketball and grabbing easy transition baskets in the second half. Miller led the way with 16 points. Achsah Greer and Jones added 16 points each, and Kaili Bacon tallied 10.
Paetyn Hayes racked up 15 points for the Lady Rams, and Miriam Hester contributed eight.