No. 6 Mt. Pleasant blasts Bloodhounds
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
The sixth-ranked Mt. Pleasant boys’ basketball team showed just how tight its grip on the Southeast Conference was during a blowout win Tuesday night.
The Panthers faced Ft. Madison in a game between the last two unbeaten SEC teams and flexed their muscle in a dominant 64-38 victory.
With first place in the conference on the line, Mt. Pleasant wasted no time pouncing on the Bloodhounds with 10-straight points to start the contest.
The Panther press caused all sorts of problems for the Ft. Madison offense, and Mt. Pleasant was able to dominate the first quarter with fast break points and a few open shots from outside.
After the dust had settled in the first quarter, Mt. Pleasant led Ft. Madison, 21-4.
“I thought the kids just played with a lot of effort and a ton of energy to start the game,” said Rundquist after the game. “We had a great start to the game…the intensity was there.”
The Panthers continued to turn up the heat in the second quarter, spreading the lead to 36-16 at halftime.
Jordan Magnani had eight points in the first half to lead the way for Mt. Pleasant. Jonathan Ita added seven.
The Bloodhounds could never get a good enough run to make it much of a game late.
Brady Sartorius exploded in the second half for 16 points and Kieran Kohorst added seven second-half points as the Panthers closed in on the 28-point victory.
Sartorius ended the game with 20 points to lead the team. Kohorst had 13 and Magnani finished with 11 to give the Panthers three players in double digits.
Ita scored eight points in the win. Tom O’Connor had six points. Colin Mulford finished with four and Maison Ashton had two.
The win was Mt. Pleasant’s ninth in a row and the first since the Panthers made their debut in the Class 3A rankings on Monday.
Mt. Pleasant moved to 9-1 overall and 4-0 in the SEC. The Panthers will travel to Fairfield for their next game on Friday, Jan. 13, at 7:45 p.m.