NEW MARKET — Southmont interim coach Jake Turner summed up a 67-53 Senior Night win over Fountain Central quite simply.
“In 5-10-20 years, these guys will only remember one thing about Senior Night — they won,” Turner noted. “All the rest are just details.”
The details in the victory, that moves the Mounties to 12-7 on the season and drops the Mustangs to 6-13, are as diverse as doing your taxes.
South staked out an early lead, but trailed at the end of the first quarter. A defensive adjustment by the Mounties and foul trouble for Fountain Central spelled a 10-0 run that gave South the halftime lead, and a 10-3 start to the third quarter put the lead into double-digits.
The coaches saw all the little parts of that wide-swath summary.
“We told the guys they had to be poised on a night like Senior Night,” Turner said. “I think we might have been a little over-confident and I know the seniors tried too hard early. We didn’t transition to our offense — we forced shots or turned it over. You can’t score with turnovers. In the second half, we played under control with more urgency. That led to getting our transition game rolling and better shots.”
Cam Chadd, one of those Southmont Seniors, got loose from the defense and hot from the field, hitting three field goals and a couple free throws for nine points in the third quarter. The Mounties all-time leading scorer finished with 21. He also had a team best eight rebounds and a team-best four assists.
There were more weapons in the Southmont arsenal, however.
Junior guard Justin Howard, coming off the bench this Senior Night, had 18 points, and senior Cole Wemer had 10. Another senior, Ty Williams, finished with nine, and Patrick Scheidler had five. Senior Reese VanCleave rounded out the scoring with four.
“VanCleave played his best game of the year,” Turner said. “He did a lot of work on the offensive boards (four of his seven rebounds). This game was all about getting those seniors that win, and all the guys we mentioned, plus Will Glancy, Cody Easter and Ricky Bragg made it happen. This group has been together a long time, so we don’t have to tell them much. They responded, communicated and ran the game plan. I’m really proud of these seniors.”
The win also give South a perfect home record in the calendar year 2018. They won all three games at Bob Tandy Gym.
The Mustangs were led in scoring by Barnett with 14. Tim Ellis had nine rebounds.
Both teams are on the road next weekend. The Mustangs are at North Vermillion Friday and Riverton Parke Saturday to conclude WRC play, while the Mounties wrap up action in the Sagamore Conference at Frankfort next Friday.