Panthers fall to No. 4 Muscatine in season opener
MUSCATINE — The Mt. Pleasant girls’ basketball team scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, but didn’t have enough to overcome Class 5A No. 4 Muscatine in a road game last night, as they fell by a score of 61-35.
The Muskies’ 21-point second quarter lifted them to a 35-12 lead, as the Panthers managed only eight points in the first quarter and four in the second.
Mt. Pleasant came on stronger in the second half, scoring nine in the third quarter and getting into double figures in the final quarter, but it wasn’t enough to catch up.
The Panthers were led by Kelsi Phipps and Natalie Myers, who had eight points each. Mary Wester added six points.
Mt. Pleasant didn’t make any shots from behind the arc, and didn’t draw many fouls: they were three-for-seven from the free-throw line as a team.
Under the basket, Myers had a team-high five rebounds. Taryne Shull grabbed four and Carolyn Lutovsky had three boards.
Phipps had the team’s only block, and five different Panthers had one steal each.
The Mt. Pleasant girls will play Friday at Cedar Rapids Prairie.
The Hawks have also lost to Muscatine in their only game so far this season, by a score of 64-43.
Panther Head Coach Joanna Settles said earlier this week that she is confident that Mt. Pleasant will play a competitive game against the Hawks.