Mt. Pleasant girls lose tight game in Keokuk
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
KEOKUK — The Mt. Pleasant girls put a big time scare into Keokuk on Friday night.
Just over a month after a 30-point loss to the Chiefs at home, the Panthers took the rematch to the wire in a 49-45 road loss.
Mt. Pleasant looked much better in the first quarter, compared to their previous game against Keokuk. The Panthers led 14-13 after opening period.
The Chiefs took the lead in the second quarter and had their best period of the game, outscoring Mt. Pleasant, 21-13, to take a 34-27 lead at the half.
The Panthers hung in the game in the third quarter and still trailed by seven points, at 45-38, going into the final period.
Mt. Pleasant cut the lead to as little as one point in the final quarter. The Panther defense held the Chiefs to just four points, all on free throws.
Keokuk was able to hold the Panthers to seven points in the final period, however, and the Chiefs escaped with a four-point victory.
Maddie Williamson and Sarah Moffett co-led the Panthers with 11 points apiece. Williamson had three assists to co-lead the team and Moffett led Mt. Pleasant with seven rebounds.
Brianna Shelman had a big day, scoring 10 points and going 3-3 from three-point land. Kalynn Batey had seven points and three assists and Bailey Johnson scored six points.
Mt. Pleasant fell to 7-7 with the loss and 2-3 in conference play. The Panthers will host Chariton on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 p.m.