The Paper photo by Lori Poteet 
Sophomore Avery Hess goes up for a layup for the Mounties.
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet
Sophomore Avery Hess goes up for a layup for the Mounties.

NEW MARKET – The Southmont Mounties played their last home game against the Sagamore Athletic Conference title holder, Lebanon.

The odds were against the Lady Mounties but a tight first quarter showed they would not back down. Eventually, the Lady Tigers (17-6, 7-0 SAC) pulled ahead to win 65-31.

“I loved the start,” Mountie coach Susan McVay said. “We don’t always have good starts; we like to get in holes and play from behind and we didn’t do that tonight so that’s a great lead into Sectionals.”

Kasey Burton started the Mounties engines with two drives for a layup. This was followed by a Brittany Barrett 3-pointer and layup. After a 13-9 first quarter, the Tigers press found its niche and they ran away with the game.

“I just think eventually they kicked in,” McVay said. “I can guarantee you they did not expect to have it that close at the end of the first quarter.”

Kristen Spolyar drove her way to 37 points on the night with 16 rebounds. However, despite Spolyar’s presence, McVay said she saw a lot of positives.

“We did a lot of good things, but they are a good team,” she added. “Spolyar is Miss Basketball for a reason.”

Kasey Burton ended with 14 points and nine rebounds while Brittany Barrett had eight.

Barrett, Kaiti Chadd and Natalie Strauser are South’s three seniors.

“They work hard every day and mentor the younger kids,” McVay praised. “We will have a big hole to fill next year.”

South (9-12, 2-5 SAC) will play the winner of the South Putnam/ Cascade game next Friday at 6 p.m.