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MP girls drop nail-biter at home

Panthers fall five-points short against 2A No. 8 Mediapolis
Jan 09, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Elli Liechty takes a jumper during Mt. Pleasant’s five-point loss to Mediapolis on Tuesday night.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The eighth-ranked team in Class 2A was in town on Tuesday night as Mt. Pleasant hosted the undefeated Mediapolis Bullettes. The Panthers held a halftime lead and had the advantage after three quarters but Mediapolis was able come back in the fourth quarter to grit out a 62-57 win.

The first quarter got off to a frenetic pace as the two teams went punch-for-punch in a 33-point quarter. Mediapolis outscored Mt. Pleasant 19-14 despite a six-point period from Kalynn Batey.

Maddie Williamson got hot in the second quarter and led a Panther charge that took over the lead. The Panthers outscored the Bullettes 16-9 in the period and took a 30-28 lead into the half. Batey had 10 at the break to lead Mt. Pleasant.

The Panthers continued to score well in the third quarter. Five players got on the scoreboard in the period and the Panthers stretched their lead to five points. After three quarters, Mediapolis’ undefeated record was against the ropes as the Panthers held a 48-43 advantage.

The Bullettes, however, refused to go down. Mediapolis’ defense stepped up in the fourth quarter and bought time for the offense to eventually take the lead. Two Mediapolis free throws made it 50-50 with 4:28 left, and a layup shortly afterwards gave the Bullettes a 52-50 lead.

After a Sadie Carrasco layup tied the game at 52-52, Williamson gave the Panthers a 54-52 with a jumper. Mediapolis responded with four-straight points, however and went back up 56-54 with two minutes remaining.

Carrasco made a free throw in the final two minutes to cut the lead to 56-55, but the Panthers could never tie the game back up. A flurry of points from Mediapolis star Maya Johnson, including the two clinching free throws that stretched the lead to five with six seconds left, helped the Bullettes escape with a five-point lead.

“I thought the girls played really hard, and that’s what we told them in the locker room.” said Mt. Pleasant head coach Curt Watson after the game. “The effort was there, and if you play with that much effort and energy night in and night out, we’re going to be right there. Mediapolis has a very good team and we took them toe-to-toe.”

The Panthers were led by Williamson, who finished with 21 points. All 21 points of Williamson’s came after the first quarter.

Batey scored 15 points, which moved her into the top 10 in career scoring for Mt. Pleasant. She moved up to 688 career points, which passed Alicia Bowlin, who was 10th in school history with 681.

Carrasco had a nice game down low, scoring eight points. Elli Liechty came off the bench to score seven. Taylor Murray finished with four points and Isabel Ashton ended the game with two.

Mt. Pleasant is now 6-5 overall. They will play for a chance to move into a first place tie in the Southeast Conference when they travel to first-place Fairfield on Friday, Jan. 12. That contest will begin at 6 p.m., with the boys’ game following.

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