CONNERSVILLE — Stepping out of a post-game locker room session that lasted nearly 30 minutes, a season’s worth of emotions was etched on Travis Daugherty’s face.
The latest one Friday night? Profound disappointment.
Asked what troubled him most about Mt. Vernon’s 49-37 defeat at Connersville, the first-year Marauder coach paused for exactly 23 seconds — a fitting number, given MV scored just 23 points through the first three quarters — before delivering a measured response while speaking barely above a whisper.
“We just didn’t … in 4A basketball, especially making that jump … regardless of who we’ve played this year, we just have to be willing to get in the fight and stay in it. We still, at times, are a little selective about our willingness to fight,” said Daugherty, whose team is playing in Class 4A for the first time.