The Paper photo by Codey Emerson 
Senior Emma Ward led all scorers with 14 points in the Mounties 46-22 win over the Mustangs on Thursday night. Ward started the game with three three pointers and had the Mounties first nine points.
The Paper photo by Codey Emerson Senior Emma Ward led all scorers with 14 points in the Mounties 46-22 win over the Mustangs on Thursday night. Ward started the game with three three pointers and had the Mounties first nine points.

VEEDERSBURG – The Southmont Lady Mounties basketball team headed into Thursday night’s matchup looking to build off their momentum from their last win last Saturday as they traveled to take on Fountain Central. 

The Lady Mounties used a well-balanced attack on offense while playing smothering defense as they walked away with their second straight win by a final score of 46-22. Senior Emma Ward led all scorers with 14 points and added five rebounds in the win. Ward started the game hitting her first three threes in the first quarter as she had the Mounties first nine points. Head Coach Dustin Oakley talked about Ward’s performance and the team’s well-rounded game. 

“Our decision making of when to shoot the ball and when to feed it down low in the post have been excellent in our first few games,” Oakley said. “I feel like we’re playing really balanced and they’re playing really well as a team right now. Emma hitting that first three was ridiculous. I think she needed a game like this. We see it every day in practice and it finally was shown out here tonight.” 

Along with Ward’s 14 points, both bigs in Sophomore Isabelle Miller and Junior Sidney Veatch played big roles as both girls finished with nine points each. Miller ended up grabbing nine rebounds while Veatch fell one point shy of a double-double as she snagged 12 rebounds in the win. Oakley talked about both of them were able to get to almost any and every rebound that came their way. 

“They’re going to be hard to guard,” Oakley said. “Sidney is a bit faster and has a bit more athleticism to her as you saw she got the board and started to push the ball up the floor. If both of them are in the game like they were at points tonight, they should dominate the boards. Our defense and crashing the boards has been our focus these first couple of weeks and we’re doing a great job of that right now.” 

The Mounties are starting to play with more confidence as the season continues. Along with gaining that confidence, that allows more and more players to be a factor during games.  Oakley talks about how his team is going to be difficult to just focus on one or two players. 

“I want all of our players to be a threat,” he said. “They can all score, drive and shoot a little bit and it’s just finding that confidence that allowed us to play the way we did tonight. Playing the way we did tonight, it’s going to be hard to game plan for which player the opposing team wants to stop. That’s just our philosophy. I want everyone to get touches and everyone to shoot and be aggressive and attack all the time.” 
Oakley also credits the team’s preparation early on for their success. He mentions how team’s execution in practice is getting better and their focus has been non-stop. 

“I haven’t seen this in a long time,” Oakley said. “Their sheer determination to finish games has been great to start.” 

With the 2-1 start, there is still room for improvement. The main cause for concern early has been the team’s struggles from the free-throw line. The Mounties got to the line 22 times against the Mustangs, however only converted six of those attempts. 

“If we keep having silly turnovers and not being able to capitalize at the free throw line, then we aren’t going to get to our goal of winning a sectional title,” Oakley said. “We have to make them pay when get to the line, and I think it’s all in their heads right now.” 

The Lady Mounties with the win improve to 2-1 (0-1 SAC) on the season. The team will take the week off to prepare for the annual Sugar Creek Classic which begins next Friday.