Panthers host scrimmage against Williamsburg
The Mt. Pleasant girls’ basketball team played its first full game of the season when it scrimmaged Williamsburg in Mt. Pleasant on Friday night.
The Panthers lost the Hall of Pride game, 57-50, but put up a fight against the Raiders, a team that Mt. Pleasant Coach Joanna Settles said she wouldn’t be surprised to see ranked in the Class 3A’s top 10 this season.
“We lost by only seven points,” Settles said. “We had a couple mental lapses, but we were in the game.”
Settles noted that a couple mental lapses at this point in the season aren’t particularly surprising for such a young team.
“We’re probably going to go through some growing pains, but I see a lot of potential,” Settles said.
The Raiders presented a challenge for the young Panthers, who are preparing for a difficult start to the season.
“I’m glad we played them,” Settles said. “They’re tough, and we start with a tough schedule.”
The Panthers play at Class 5A No. 4 Muscatine on Tuesday.
Against the Raiders, Taryne Shull scored a team-high 18 points, and nailed three shots from behind the arc.
Williamsburg’s Paige Greiner was the high-scorer on the night with 19 points.
She’s tough; she’s one of the best guards in the state,” Settles said.
Natalie Myers and Kelsi Phipps had nine points each for the Panthers. Mary Wester scored seven, Hannah Becker put up four and Leslie Taylor scored three.
“Jena Stukerjurgen also played for us — she made some really good passes,” Settles said.
On the night, Mt. Pleasant went only eight-of-21 from the free throw line, but for now, Settles was looking at the bright side.
“It’s good that we got to the line so many times,” she said.
The Williamsburg team, like Mt. Pleasant, worked at its local food bank to earn a chance to compete in a Hall of Pride game.
Mt. Pleasant fans who attended the game were given the option of donating canned goods to the Fellowship Cup instead of paying admission to the game.
According to Athletic Director Bob Jensen, Panther fans brought in five boxes full of canned goods, which he will be delivering to the Fellowship Cup.
The Panthers officially start the basketball season Tuesday and are on the road for three games. They play their first home game on Saturday, Dec. 1, against Pella.