OAK HARBOR — The Mount Vernon High School girls' basketball team picked up a 48-39 victory Thursday against Oak Harbor.
While the Wildcats stayed close for the majority of the game, the Bulldogs pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring Oak Harbor 12-5.
Malia Garcia led Mount Vernon with 16 points, while Ella Burton added 12.
Bulldogs coach Bill Nutting said Maliyah Johnson’s leadership and ball control in the fourth quarter were crucial to the win.
"Our focus and effort on the defensive end, especially in the fourth quarter, got us this win," Nutting said. "We got our usual great performances from our Malia and Maliyah."
The coach also highlighted the efforts of Lila Faber and Tayla Davenport.
"Lila has really come on recently and plays strong, consistent minutes every game," Nutting said. "Tayla's defense throughout the game helped us wear down their (Oak Harbor) ball handlers."
The Bulldogs were short-handed in the game. However, Nutting said a pair of sophomores — Teviana Saldivar and Finnly Defrancisco — stepped up their play, particularly in the second half.
Mount Vernon is 4-3 in the Northwest Conference and 5-5 overall.