Panther girls maul Mustangs at home
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
The Mt. Pleasant girls played their first unranked opponent in almost a month on Tuesday night when they hosted Davis County in non-conference action.
The Panthers played solid defense and had their best offensive production of the year as they blasted the Mustangs, 64-32.
Mt. Pleasant got off to a hot start in the first half, especially down low. The three Panther posts combined for 15 points, led by Sarah Moffett, who had 11.
Kalynn Batey was also in double-digits at halftime, with 10 points. She also made one of Mt. Pleasant’s three three-pointers in the first half. Rylee Amos and Maddie Williamson had the other two.
The balanced scoring effort helped the Panthers pull away in the second quarter and take a comfortable 37-18 at halftime.
It was the inside attack again in the second half that allowed the Panthers to pull away even further.
Mt. Pleasant scored all of their points inside or at the free throw line in the final two periods. They outscored Davis County 12-8 in the third period and 15-6 in the second to end up doubling the Mustangs’ score, at 64-32.
“I thought we played really well as a whole,” said Mt. Pleasant head coach Nicholas Maynard after the game. “We had a few girls who really stepped up.”
Maynard also talked about the dominant game from his three posts, Moffett, Abbie Liechty and Bailey Johnson, who combined for 36 points on the night.
“A lot of it was just acknowledging how hard those posts have worked all season,” Maynard said. “Our wings were great at getting the ball to them. We got a ton of post touches.”
Moffett finished the game with 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the team. Batey had 12 points and four assists, and also led the Panthers with three blocks. Williamson scored 11 to give Mt. Pleasant three double-digit scorers.
Liechty had nine points and seven rebounds in the win. Johnson had six points and five rebounds. Amos finished with three points. Taylor Murray had two points. Brianna Shelman didn’t score but she did lead the team with six assists and four steals.
The Panthers moved to 2-4 overall on the year. They’ll travel to West Burlington on Thursday, Dec. 22, for their next game. That contest will start at 6 p.m.