MP girls beat Demons on the road
By Bill Gatchel, Golden Triangle News Service
WASHINGTON - Whenever the two teams of Washington and Mt. Pleasant are on the basketball court together, fans from both teams never know how the games will end, and that was the case Friday, Feb. 10, when the Mt. Pleasant girls traveled to Washington to play in the last regular-season home game.
Mt. Pleasant would get on the board first with a 3-pointer from Brianna Shelman, but Washington would come back by scoring eight in a row, the two teams would take the ball up and down the court the rest of the quarter which would end 15-7 with Washington ahead.
Two straight threes at the start of the second quarter put Mt. Pleasant behind by just two, but Washington would rally and pull ahead. Despite the Panthers scoring an additional four, the score heading into the locker rooms would show the Demons up 21-17.
After the break, the Panthers would hold their host team’s scoring back to only six points while putting up nine of their own to trail by just one. It was in the fourth quarter where Mt. Pleasant fans who traveled to follow the team wouldn’t be disappointed as the Panthers would have a strong showing scoring 23 points and only allowing Washington to add 10 to get the win.
“We talked about a few executions issues during halftime,” said coach Nick Maynard. “We got out and hustled. The girls didn’t really like swallowing that pill, but they jumped right back in the third quarter with a quick start that really drove up confidence and got us going.”
Their next game, a regional first round match at home against Washington, begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15.