Vincent starts strong to outpace Westminster OM

Published 2:58 pm Thursday, January 11, 2024

By ANDREW SIMONSON | Sports Editor

VINCENT – The Vincent Yellow Jackets got off to a solid start and used that to carry them to victory against the Westminster at Oak Mountain Knights.

The Jackets took a 47-33 win on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Vincent Middle High School to improve to 2-1 in area play.

Much of that fast start was because of KK McGinnis’ dominant first quarter. She took over the opening minutes of the game by scoring 10 first-quarter points.

As a team, Vincent scored 20 points in the opening quarter, including four from Makayla Perkins, to counter Westminster OM’s nine points and lead by 11 at the end of the quarter.

While the scoring slowed down in the second quarter as each team’s defense settled into the game, the Jackets still increased their lead by three by outscoring the Knights 9-6 in the second.

That gave Vincent a 29-15 lead as the hosts went into the locker room with a double-digit advantage.

While Reese Robbins helped Westminster OM find some offense with six points in the third quarter, Vincent continued to dictate the tempo on offense.

McGinnis added four more points to her total after the Knights held her scoreless in the second quarter, which set up the Jackets to pull even further ahead to a 42-23 lead.

Westminster OM got the better of Vincent in the fourth quarter, allowing just five points from the Jackets as they entered cruise control up double-digits.

On the offensive end, Robbins and Helen Harbert scored four points apiece to give the Knights 10 fourth-quarter points.

However, they only cut Vincent’s final margin of victory by five points as the Jackets walked away with the 14-point win to earn their second victory in area play.

McGinnis led all scorers with 14 points, Perkins scored 10 points, Kaziyah Moor had six points and TK Smoot scored five points in the win.

As for Westminster OM, Robbins led the way with 10 points, Harbert and Sara Jones each had six points and Hannah Duncan scored five points, all of which came in the first quarter.

Vincent will resume area play against Altamont on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Westminster OM will travel to Cornerstone Schools of Alabama on the same day at 6 p.m.