Shull scores 22 in OT win
DURANT — Taryne Shull sank 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, and Natalie Ita hit a well-timed shot to help the Class 4A ninth-ranked Mt. Pleasant girls’ basketball team to an overtime win in their season opener against Durant on Saturday, 49-46.
With Mt. Pleasant down 43-41, Ita sank a 13-foot jump shot with just a few seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score and send the game into overtime.
The Panthers trailed 19-17 at halftime of the road game.
They were playing without Kelsi Phipps, who is out for medical reasons for an undetermined amount of time.
“Everybody had to adjust, and we didn’t adjust well in the first half,” Settles said.
They came back with a strong third quarter to take the lead, but Durant wasn’t about to quit.
“The fourth quarter was back and forth, almost shot for shot,” Settles said.
It was Ita who made the last shot, forcing overtime.
In the extra period, Hannah Becker had a steal that led to a shot for Shull that essentially sealed the game. Durant got one chance at a half-court 3-pointer, but the shot was blocked by Natalie Myers.
Shull’s 22 points were a game-high, and the Division I recruit finished with a double-double in the first game of her final high school season.
Myers scored seven for the Panthers and Ita added six points.
The team went just 12-for-20 from the free throw line despite the fact that Shull was 8-for-9 from the stripe.
They also struggled from behind the arc, finishing just 3-for-19 from deep on the night.
“A lot of those shots were open shots; we just didn’t make them,” Settles said. “We’ll get better.”
Ita, the Panthers’ point guard, had a team-high six steals and was second on the team with nine rebounds.
“Six of her rebounds were offensive, and that’s nearly unheard of for a point guard,” Settles said.
Becker pulled down six boards and had three assists in the game.
The varsity win capped a sweep for the Panthers, who also claimed victory in the freshman and JV games at Durant.
JV won by a score of 36-31, led by Carolyn Lutovsky with 16 points. Bailey Johnson added six points.
In the freshman game, Rylee Amos sank 13 points to pace Mt. Pleasant to a 30-18 win. Abbie Liechty scored seven and led the team with 13 rebounds, seven of them offensive.
All three Mt. Pleasant teams start the season 1-0.
The JV and varsity Panther squads will host Muscatine in their home opener Tuesday. Tip off of the JV game is scheduled for 6 p.m., with the varsity game to follow.