MP girls score big in a pair of wins
The Mt. Pleasant girls’ basketball team scored more than 50 points in each of their games this weekend, good enough for a pair of wins.
The Panthers defeated Ft. Madison, 52-28, on Friday, and came up with a 62-48 win over Burlington on Saturday.
The Panthers (10-6 overall, 5-2 SEC) took a 10-3 lead in the first quarter of their SEC game against Ft. Madison, and they never looked back.
“We were playing without Leslie Taylor, and we missed her,” Coach Joanna Settles said. “But a lot of other girls stepped up.”
Settles points out Hannah Becker in particular, who got her first varsity start and scored 12 points against the Bloodhounds.
She was topped only by Taryne Shull, who put up 14 points in the win.
“Taryne Shull had another solid weekend on offense and defense, and Natalie Ita was our rebound leader of the weekend.”
Ita grabbed a team-high 10 boards on Saturday, while she and Mary Wester led the Panthers with six rebounds each on Friday.
Phipps had a game-high 21 points in Burlington.
“Phipps is a great inside player,” Settles said, “but I think her point total also speaks to great passing and the unselfishness of the team.”
Settles also credited the team’s speed as a key part of the victory.
“We ran the court really well, better this weekend than ever before,” Settles said. “Burlington flies up and down the court, but we have a team of tracksters — we can run too.”
Overall, what Settles sees in her team is a young group that is getting better, more experienced and more cohesive as the season goes on.
“They’re clicking as a team, and this is the time we want to click,” Settles said.
The Panthers’ schedule holds a tough week, as they host Iowa City West tomorrow (Tuesday) and then West Branch on Thursday, teams that are each 13-4 on the season.
They then cap the regular season with a three games next week, playing Monday and Tuesday before finishing with their final conference game, which is against Washington, on Friday.