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MP girls lose OT thriller

Jan 15, 2018

By Justin Webster, Golden Triangle News Service

 

FAIRFIELD — The Panther girls’ basketball went right down the wire with first-place Fairfield on Friday night, coming back in the final minute to force overtime. The Trojans, never-the-less, were able to grit out a 65-61 win in the extra period and stop Mt. Pleasant from tying up the Southeast Conference race.

Fairfield jumped out to an early 14-5 lead, however, Mt. Pleasant went on a 16-3 run during the first 4:15 of the second period to take a 21-17 lead and force a timeout from Trojan Head Coach Brian Witzenburg.

Sophomore Shay Drish hit a three to cut it to 21-20 and after the two teams exchanged foul shots, Fairfield swung the ball around the perimeter and found Nicole Buch wide-open for a three, giving the Trojans the lead back at 24-23.

Drish hit another three and the Trojans went into the locker room with their lead secure for the moment, 31-24.

Mt. Pleasant started hot in the third and outscored Fairfield 19-8 for the quarter, taking a four point lead into the final period after the teams exchanged small leads once the Panthers caught up again.

After starting the last eight minutes with a four-point lead, Mt. Pleasant doubled their advantage with the score 48-40 with just six minutes remaining before the Trojans offense awoke and started it’s comeback.

Buch tallied six of the next nine points for the Trojans which forced the Panthers to call a timeout with 3:33 remaining and the score tied 49-49.

Junior guard Maddie Williamson hit two foul shots with 47.2 remaining to bring Mt. Pleasant within two at 57-55, and then senior Kalynn Batey hit another pair of free throws with 25 seconds left to tie the game at 57 a piece and force overtime.

Fairfield won the overtime tip, but failed to score on their opening possession before Batey struck again, this time with a three to give the Panthers a 60-57 lead 20 seconds into the extra session. S. Drish hit a running floater to cut it to 60-59, but a jumpball went the Panthers way with 2:02 left that gave the Fairfield faithful heart palpitations, however, Mt. Pleasant would fail to score another field goal.

After a successful Malory Jones free throw, the score remained 61-60 when Shay Drish hit back-to-back foul shots with 22.8 remaining to give the Trojans their first lead since early in the third period. Drish hit another free throw with 12.6 to extend the lead to 63-61. A failed attempt to tie it forced the Panthers to foul Ashtyn Drish with 1.2 on the clock and after both went down the final score stood at 65-61.

Williamson’s 30 points led the Panthers. She had a huge night, going 7-17 from the field, 3-8 from three-point land and 13-19 at the free throw line.

Batey had 15 points, six rebounds and three steals. Isabel Ashton had 11 points and six rebounds. Lydia Stewart scored three points. Sadie Carrasco scored two points nad Taylor Murray finished with eight assists and three steals.

The Panthers dropped a non-conference game in Mt. Vernon the very next day, falling 54-38. Batey had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the squad.

Williamson scored eight points in the loss to Mt. Vernon. Ashton had six. Carrasco and Stewart scored three apiece and Ellie Liechty had two.

Mt. Pleasant will have a long rest before their next game, which is on Friday, Jan. 19, against Keokuk. That game will be the “Pink Out” game with Relay For Life in attendance. Friday night’s varsity contest will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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