MP girls split with Chiefs, Indians
The Mt. Pleasant girls scored 43 points in both of their games this weekend, but it was only good enough for the win once.
The Panthers split the weekend with a big conference victory at Keokuk on Friday night, 43-38, followed by a loss to Class 4A No. 13 Oskaloosa on Saturday afternoon, 56-43.
The Panthers had a big first half on Friday night against the Chiefs, out-scoring Keokuk 9-7 in the first quarter and 12-8 in the second quarter for a 21-15 lead at halftime.
The Panthers would need that advantage as the Chiefs narrowly won the second half but couldn’t get enough to pass the Panthers. The win avenged the Panthers’ 3-point, home-court loss to Keokuk earlier this season.
As a team, the Panthers were 18-for-45 (40.0 percent) from the field. They didn’t get many chances at the free throw line, but made four of six attempts.
Mt. Pleasant spread out both the scoring and the rebounding in the victory as Taryne Shull and Kelsi Phipps led the team with 10 points each. Leslie Taylor chipped in seven. Phipps and Taylor each pulled down four boards. Five other Panthers had at least one rebound in the game, and the team had a total of 18 boards.
Natalie Ita dished two assists and Natalie Myers had three steals. Shull had the team’s only block on the night.
In the Saturday game against the Indians, Mt. Pleasant managed only two points in the first quarter and four in the third quarter. The team had some steam in the second and fourth quarters, scoring 17 and 20 points, respectively, but it wasn’t enough.
The Panthers went only 14-for-55 (25.5 percent) from the field in the game, and Phipps had a team-high 14 points in the loss. She was eight-for-11 from the free throw line, and the Panthers went 12-for-17 as a team from the stripe. Shull and Taylor each contributed eight points to the Panthers’ efforts.
Phipps pulled down 13 rebounds to finish with a double-double, and Shull grabbed eight boards and had two blocked shots.
The Panthers 8-6, 4-2 SEC) host Ft. Madison on Friday, starting with the freshman game at 4:45.
MT. PLEASANT (43)
Shelby Allender 1 0-0 3, Taryne Shull 3 2-2 10, Kelsi Phipps 5 0-0 10, Leslie Taylor 3 1-3 7, Natalie Myers 1 0-0 2, Natalie Ita 2 1-1 5, Mary Wester 2 0-0 4, Hannah Becker 1 0-0 2.
3-point goals: Shull 2, Allender
MT. PLEASANT (43)
Taryne Shull 3 1-2 8, Kelsi Phipps 3 8-11 14, Leslie Taylor 2 3-4 8, Natalie Myers 3 0-0 6, Natalie Ita 1 0-0 3, Hannah Becker 2 0-0 4
3-point goals: Shull, Taylor, Ita