Mt. Pleasant girls win third straight
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
The Mt. Pleasant girls started 2017 the same way they ended 2016, with a non-conference road win.
The Panthers played a tight game at Solon on Monday night in their first game of the calendar year and used a 21-point fourth quarter to pull out their third win in a row, 47-35.
The two teams battled back and forth in the first half, with neither squad taking more than a five-point lead in the first two quarters.
Mt. Pleasant held a slight lead throughout the first half. Sarah Moffett scored eight points inside and Rylee Amos drained two three-pointers to help the Panthers grab a 20-15 lead at halftime.
Mt. Pleasant stretched their lead to 26-19 with three minutes left in the third quarter but five straight Solon points helped the Spartans cut it to 26-24 at the end of the period.
Mt. Pleasant responded with a 13-4 run to begin the fourth quarter and eventually pushed the lead to double digits, winning the final period, 21-11.
The 12-point victory was Mt. Pleasant’s third straight double-digit win. The Panthers had beaten Davis County, 64-32, and West Burlington, 60-23, in their previous two matchups.
Moffett added four points in the fourth quarter to reach a team-leading 12 points. She also pulled down 13 rebounds for her fourth-straight double double.
Kalynn Batey scored six points in the second half and finished with nine on the day, to go along with three assists and two steals. Amos had three points in the second half to finish with nine of her own.
Brianna Shelman and Maddie Williamson scored six points apiece, all of them coming in the final two periods. Shelman and Williamson each had three assists in the win, and Shelman had two steals.
Bailey Johnson finished the game with five points and two steals to round out the Panther scorers.
Abbie Liechty didn’t get on the scoreboard, but she did have 12 rebounds. Taylor Murray had three assists and Kirsten Smith finished with two steals. Sadie Carrasco pulled down one rebound in the victory.
Mt. Pleasant moved to 4-4 with the win, which puts them at .500 for the first time since early December.
The Panthers will now turn their attention towards rival Washington. Mt. Pleasant will enter the game 0-2 in the SEC, with losses to the two ranked teams, Fairfield and Keokuk.
Mt. Pleasant came up short in both of their games against Washington last year, falling 44-35 on the road and 61-55 at home.
The Panthers and Demons will show down on Friday, Jan. 6, at 7:45 p.m., with freshman and junior varsity games preceding.