Panther girls top Ft. Madison
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
FT. MADISON — Outside shooting and a high-scoring second half has recently become the recipe for conference wins for the Mt. Pleasant girls.
The Panthers scored 30 points in the final two quarters and pulled away from Ft. Madison thanks in part to a huge game from sophomore Maddie Williamson.
Williamson knocked down six three-pointers on the night and the Panthers won their second conference game, 53-41.
The Panthers came out firing right away in the first half. Mt. Pleasant won the first period, 14-5, to take a nine-point advantage into the second quarter.
But for the second straight game, the Panthers had a rough second quarter defensively. The Bloodhounds won the second quarter, 17-9, to cut the Panther lead to just one point, at 23-22, going into halftime.
Much like Friday night’s comeback win over Washington, the Panthers stepped up in the final two quarters to secure a double-digit win. Mt. Pleasant won the third quarter, 19-15, and the fourth quarter, 11-4, to secure their fifth win in the last five games.
The Panther girls bounced back from a loss at Mediapolis on Monday night, which snapped a four-game winning streak.
Williamson’s six three-pointers led her to a 21-point night, a career high. Her previous high was 18 points against Pella in the Panthers’ second game of the season.
Bailey Johnson gave Mt. Pleasant their second double-digit scorer with 10 points. Sarah Moffett scored eight. Brianna Shelman hit a couple of threes in the game to finish with six points, and Kalynn Batey and Abbie Liechty scored four points apiece.
The Panthers moved to 6-5 on the year and 2-2 in conference. They’ll play conference-leader Fairfield on Friday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m.