Mt. Pleasant tops Keokuk, rolls through Osky
With a team-high 16 points against Southeast Conference rival Keokuk and another 21 points against Oskaloosa on Saturday, Ryan Hanna helped the Mt. Pleasant boys’ basketball team to a pair of weekend wins.
The Panthers topped Keokuk, 50-45, on Friday night and won a 69-40 decision over the Indians on Saturday.
“We want to be aggressive — we try to get it in the paint, then kick it back out if we need to, but the shots were there, so I took them,” Hanna said.
“I was getting really good passes from my teammates.”
Hanna scored the first two points of Friday’s game on a jumper in the paint on his way to a 12-point first half against Keokuk.
In the Panthers’ recent games, the team has been looking to Hanna to drive to the basket and play hard down low.
“The last (few) games, he’s played really well, and we’ve made a point to get him the basketball,” Coach Paul Rundquist said. “We need someone down to rebound, and having him down there helps.”
Hanna grabbed six rebounds on Friday and pulled down four on Saturday, aiding the team’s leading rebounders, Faith Pope and Cameron Frank.
Pope is averaging 8.5 rebounds per game, second overall in the SEC, and Frank averages 5.8, tied for seventh in the SEC. On Friday, Pope had nine boards, and he grabbed eight on Saturday. Frank also had eight on Saturday and he pulled down seven on Friday night.
Pope and Frank contributed 14 and eight points, respectively, to the Panthers’ total on Friday night as they took on a tough Keokuk team.
“They’re a good team and they play hard,” Rundquist said of the Chiefs. “It’s a battle.”
The teams were tied at the end of the first quarter, 13-13.
Keokuk went up as much as 19-14 with more than five minutes left before halftime, but they wouldn’t score again in the second quarter.
Hanna scored twice from inside and Pope dropped in a layup and then dunked on the next possession to give the Panthers’ a 3-point lead. Frank scored the final two points of the quarter on an assist from Connor Shull to put Mt. Pleasant up, 24-19, at the break.
A Logan Mulford 3-pointer opened the second-half scoring and then Frank hit a free throw and another basket to give Mt. Pleasant what would be its biggest lead of the game at 30-19.
Keokuk cut the lead to two, however, with a nine-point run, and stayed on the Panthers’ heels for the rest of the night.
They tied the score at 34 but could never take the lead. Shull’s 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer put Mt. Pleasant up, 40-36, and Mulford, Frank and Hanna each made free throws down the stretch to maintain the lead in the win.
On Saturday, the Panthers traveled to take on Oskaloosa, where they scored 20 points in the first quarter and another 20 points in the fourth quarter to seal a victory.
Pope and Frank each posted 13 points in the win, behind only Hanna’s game-high 21.
Pope and Frank also grabbed four steals apiece, and Frank dished five assists.
Mt. Pleasant continues to play without starter Dalton Conrad, who went out with injury in the game against Fairfield more than a week ago.
“I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” Rundquist said. “We’ll need to play a couple more guys, but we have the same expectations.”
The Panthers are now 11-3 on the season and 6-0 in the SEC. They will play again Friday when they head down to Ft. Madison for another tough SEC contest.
The freshman/JV/varsity tripleheader starts at 4:45 p.m.
MT. PLEASANT (50)
Logan Mulford 1 3-4 6, Connor Shull 2 0-0 6, Cameron Frank 3 2-4 8, Ryan Hanna 7 2-5 16, Faith Pope 6 2-3 14.
3-point goals: Shull 2, Mulford
MT. PLEASANT (69)
Logan Mulford 2 0-1 4, Connor Shull 1 2-2 5, Trey Magnani 2 0-0 6, Cameron Frank 6 1-2 13, Brant Shelman 1 0-0 2, Zach Mulford 1 0-0 3, Ryan Hanna 7 7-9 21, Faith Pope 6 0-2 13, Remick 1 0-2 2.
3-point goals: Magnani 2, Shull, Zach Mulford, Pope