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Mount Vernon Sports Briefs

<b>Mount Vernon’s Bailey, Cameron Shine at Regionals</b>

Mount Vernon senior Candace Bailey took second in the girls shot put at the Northern Region indoor track meet on Feb. 20 with a mark of 37 feet, 11.5 inches, which was a personal best by nearly a foot. Senior Clive Cameron finished second in the boys 55-meter hurdles (7.86 seconds) and 300-meter dash (35.48).

<b>Mount Vernon Girls Finish Second</b>

The Mount Vernon girls basketball team lost to Edison 84-45 on Monday in the championship game of the National District tournament at Washington-Lee High School.

Edison led by 10 after the first quarter and increased its lead each period. The Eagles led by 14 at halftime, 27 after the third quarter and by as many as 41 in the fourth.

Mount Vernon won the district championship last season, snapping Edison’s five-year title streak. The Eagles wanted their crown back.

"That’s all we talked about," Edison head coach Dianne Lewis said. "That’s all we talked about in practice, the girls have been texting each other that it was our time to take it back. That was the driving, motivating factor there."

Myisha Goodwin led Edison with 30 points. Tracy King was tops for the Majors with 10. Edison swept the season series, 3-0.

Mount Vernon head coach Terry Henderson said his team came out lackadaisical.

"After playing them [twice], it doesn’t even really come down to Xs and Os, it comes down to who wants it the most and who goes out and implements their game plan," he said. "We knew exactly what they were going to try to do and we just didn’t do what we set out to do."

Mount Vernon hosted Annandale on Wednesday during the first round of the Northern Region tournament. Results were not available before the Gazette’s deadline. With a victory, the Majors would on Thursday take on the winner of Oakton and McLean.

"We have to let it go, that’s our only choice," King said. "From now on it’s one and done. If we don’t let it go we’re going to get our butts kicked again."

<b>Majors Earn All-District Honors</b>

Mount Vernon senior Skylar Jones and junior Jesse Konadu were named first-team All-National District. Senior Robert Smith earned second-team honors. Senior Sean Stewart was named to the all-defensive team.

For the girls, seniors Tracy King and Jasmine McDonald received first-team honors. Senior Jalinda Venable was named to the second team, while sophomore Lafatima Gray and freshman Taylor Dunham received honorable mention.

McDonald was named to the all-defensive team and Gray was second-team all-defense.

Dunham and freshman Kelly Loftus made the all-rookie team.

<b>AAU Tryouts</b>

Tryouts for the PRIDE AAU program will be held during the first two weeks of March. Age groups are12U-16U for girls and 12U, 14U, 15/16U and 17U for boys. Check the Web site for information at www.arlingtonpride.com for times and locations.