Mt. Pleasant offense sputters against FairfieldPanthers bounce back with Saturday win over Class 3A No. 2 Mediapolis
FAIRFIELD — Fairfield’s Taylor Ferrel picked herself off the court after nearly crashing into the bleachers.
The pass that she deflected had sailed out of bounds, but it disrupted the flow of the opponent — which would prove to be key in the Trojans’ 46-31 win over the Class 4A 15th-ranked Mt. Pleasant girls’ basketball team Friday.
“Taylor Ferrel and Mikaela Lunsford led us off the bench with their rebounding, deflections and energy levels,” Fairfield coach Mick Flattery said. “The girls played very good defense throughout the night.”
Mt. Pleasant (8-4, 4-1 SEC) averaged 51 points per game prior to playing Fairfield, and scored 49 in their victory over the Trojans Dec. 6, but Fairfield was able to limit the Panthers’ offense on Friday.
Taryne Shull led Mt. Pleasant with 10 points, three steals and eight rebounds. She was also one of five Mt. Pleasant players to foul out of the game. The Panthers struggled with fouling the entire evening.
“They were really aggressive and they did a good job,” Mt. Pleasant coach Joanna Settles said. “[Sami] Fritz and [Mackenzie] Flattery did a good job of leading the defense.”
Natalie Ita scored seven points for the Panthers. Natalie Myers and Hannah Becker each scored five. With the exception of the loss to Eddyville-Blakesburg, Fairfield (8-6, 2-3 SEC) has only given up point totals in the 30s the last four games.
“We call it fist defense when you pretty much don’t let a girl get the ball,” Mackenzie Flattery said. “That wasn’t our plan, though. We just wanted to come out and play hard.”
Mackenzie Flattery scored 15 points to lead the Trojans.
“It was a really on night for me, and I’m glad I was able to make those shots,” she said.
Fritz was second on the squad with 10 points. Starting senior Marisa Repp and Lunsford each scored eight points.
Fairfield led 28-16 at halftime. Mt. Pleasant pulled within 10 during the third quarter, but Mackenzie Flattery hit one of her four three-pointers on the night to stop the rally. The Trojans would not relinquish their steady lead for the rest of the contest.
“Mt. Pleasant has been hot all year long and we knew we needed to have a concentrated effort out of all of us to get the job done,” Mick Flattery said.
Mt. Pleasant turned around Saturday and defeated Mediapolis, 65-56.
The Panthers were leading 32-26 at halftime and never let up against the Class 3A No. 2 Bullettes.
Shull and Kelsi Phipps scored 16 points each in the contest. Ita added nine while Shelby Allender and Becker chipped in eight points each.
Phipps pulled down a team-high nine rebounds; Ita grabbed eight boards and Shull had seven.
Ita dished out three assists and had four steals; Phipps had three thefts. Shull had the team’s only block.
Next up for the Panthers is Friday’s road game against another conference foe, Keokuk. The JV game starts at 6:15 p.m. in Keokuk, followed by varsity.
Mt. Pleasant will then host Oskaloosa on Saturday in a girls/boys doubleheader that starts with the girls’ game at 1:30 p.m.
MT. PLEASANT vs Fairfield (31)
Taryne Shull 3 3-7 10, Kelsi Phipps 0 4-5 4, Natalie Myers 2 1-2 5, Natalie Ita 2 2-3 7, Hannah Becker 1 3-6 5.
3-point goals: Shull, Ita
MT. PLEASANT vs. Mediapolis (65)
Shelby Allender 2 2-2 8, Taryne Shull 3 7-8 16, Kelsi Phipps 7 2-5 16, Natalie Myers 2 0-2 5, Natalie Ita 3 2-4 9, Mary Wester 1 1-2 3, Hannah Becker 3 2-2 8.
3-point goals: Shull (3), Allender (2), Myers, Ita.