Call them the Larceny Aces. They’ve been grand at it.Mt. Carmel continues to mount an assault on the record book for steals. On Thursday night, the Lady Aces added 19 more as they awakened to a 63-31 victory over Evansville North in non-conference play at the Hilltop.
It’s what finally got the undefeated Aces going, after they trailed early, 5-2.
“I hope so,” said coach Tim Willis of the 22-2 getaway that followed turning on the zone trap pressure. “North came out and did a good job.We weren’t very patient early. That’s something we do from time to time. We called a time out to get them to calm down a little bit. They responded pretty well.”
Tuesday night, the Aces recorded 25 steals from seven different players in a 93-34 win over Edwards County, bringing the heist total to 44 in just the past two games alone.
It’s been the play of the defense in general that has pleased Willis the most after roughly one-third of the season.
“We are much better defensively than we have been in the last two years,” Willis said. “It’s been one of the real keys for us. We talk much better on defense, we switch must better, and we rebound much better.”
The Lady Aces built a 40-15 lead by halftime, then outscored North 18-4 in the third quarter to extend the margin to 39 points by the start of the fourth period.
Tyra Buss led the Aces with 38 points on 15-of-25 shooting from the field. She added nine steals for the winners.
Alyssa Lang chipped in 11 points, while Reagan Keepes added six. Alex Rosignol finished with four points, Maddie Dardeen three (on one of the Lady Aces four three-point field goals), and freshman Dylan Marshall one point on late free throw.
Dana Snaden, the younger sister to WVC Lady Warrior freshman Demetria Snaden, led North with six points.
Mt. Carmel (11-0) is off now until Dec. 19, the opeing night of play in the four-day Toyota Teamwork Classic. Evansville North fell to 0-11 with the loss.
Willis plans to give the girls some needed time off before the tourney begins. “They’re tired,” he said. “We’ll come back and work (on Friday), then we’ll give them the weekend off, which we don’t normally do. We’ll come back on Monday and Tuesday and get ready for Gibson Southern and the rest of the Toyota teams.”
In the junior varsity game, the Huskies prevailed, 43-38.