Area girls’ basketball teams all in action tonight
By ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
All four girls’ basketball teams will be in regular season action for the first time all year tonight (Tuesday).
Mt. Pleasant will be playing their second game of the year and Winfield-Mt. Union, New London and WACO will all be playing in their season opener.
The Panthers, who currently sit at 1-0 after a win over Durant this weekend, will have the toughest task of the four teams. They’ll host Pella, who is ranked No. 1 in the Class 4A preseason poll.
The Lady Dutch haven’t played this season, but they are coming off of a second place finish at the state tournament in 2015-16.
Pella’s youth allows them to bring back all of their top 12 scorers from last season, including Katie Vander Molen (13.8 PPG) and Kiara Bradley (12 PPG), making them the early favorite for the state title this year.
Last season, the Lady Dutch defeated the Panthers, 65-47, behind 25 points from Vander Molen. The Panthers’ top two scorers in that game were graduated seniors D’Jannay Patterson (19 points) and Ally Davis (nine points). Sarah Moffett scored eight.
New London will be playing their first regular season game since losing most of the squad to graduation last season. They’ll hit the road to face Highland.
The Huskies are coming off of a dominant win this weekend. They blasted Keota, 55-7, on the road in their season opener on Friday.
The Tigers scored a big comeback win over the Huskies last season, winning 57-51. Graduated seniors Frankie Johnson and Kenadi Schulte had 19-13 respectively in the win and Breanna Mettler had 12 points and six rebounds.
Highland brings back all but two players from last year, including leading scorer Kelsey Hora, who scored 16 points against New London last season, and Alyson Stokes, who pulled down 17 rebounds in the loss.
WACO has a tough task ahead of them in their first game of the season. The Warriors will travel to Donnellson to play against Central Lee, one of the early favorites in the SEISC South Division this year.
The Lady Hawks are coming off of an 18-5 season in 2015-16. They’ll bring back five of their top six scorers, all of which scored over eight points per game last season.
The Warriors have their top five scorers returning this year, but didn’t get a chance to play Central Lee last season.
Winfield-Mt. Union will be on the road as well, as they head to Lone Tree for their opener.
The Wolves split their season series with the Lions in 2015-16. Lone Tree won the first game, 48-25, and the Wolves pulled off an upset at home, 31-27.
Lone Tree brings back their top three scorers, including leading scorer Madison Forbes, who scored over 13 points per game last year and second leading scorer Elena Sieverding, who had 20 points in their win over the Wolves last season.
The Wolves bring back their top six scorers from last season. Leading scorer Lexee Hartsock scored 6.8 points per game last year, including nine in their first game against Lone Tree. Lauren Jamison, who was second on the team in points with 5.3 PPG, led the Wolves with 11 points in their upset win.
The Panthers have a scheduled tip-off of 7:15 p.m., for their matchup. New London, WACO and Winfield Mt. Union will all start at 7:30 p.m.