WILLARD, Mo. -- The Mt. Vernon Mountaineers put on one of the most impressive displays of the postseason on Wednesday night at Willard High School, as the Mountaineers of coach Skip Brock rolled over the Strafford Indians 56-22 to advance to the state quarterfinals on Saturday.
Mount Vernon led from the opening tip and never looked back in a game that quickly became a rout in the second quarter and only got worse for the outmatched Strafford Indians in the second half.
Mount Vernon began the game on a 15-8 run to take a seven point lead going into the second quarter, and Strafford still appeared to be in the game at that point. The Mountaineers had other ideas, however, as forward Zane Phillips led a Mt. Vernon attack which went on a startling 17-2 run in the second quarter to take a 32-10 lead at halftime.
Strafford's offense was unable to find any rhythm in the third quarter, as Mt. Vernon switched from a 2-3 zone to a man to man defense several times and confused the Strafford offense. Mt. Vernon went on yet another run in the third quarter, and outscored Strafford 15-6 to claim an incredible 47-16 advantage going into the fourth quarter.