By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
The Mt. Pleasant basketball teams swept rival Washington on Friday night in the final Southeast Conference games of the season. The No. 1 Mt. Pleasant boys ran away in the second half to take out the Demons 69-30. The Panther girls had to come back from a late deficit to win 44-38.
The Demon boys kept it relatively close in the first two quarters. Mt. Pleasant led 10-9 after one quarter and 29-21 at halftime.
The Panthers came storming out of the locker rooms after the halftime break. The Panthers outscored Washington 23-2 in the third period to take a commanding 52-23 advantage into the final quarter. From that point on, the MPCHS boys were able to cruise to a 39-point victory.
Brady Sartorius led the Panther boys with 31 points and five assists. Jordan Magnani had a milestone night, scoring 10 points to give him 1,000 career points. Magnani needed nine points to hit the mark coming into the game.
Colin Mulford had nine points and five steals in the win. Kieran Kohorst had six points. Will Copeland scored five. Rhett Zeglen finished with four, and Jonathan Ita and Maison Ashton scored two apiece.
The Washington girls put quite a scare into Mt. Pleasant. The Panthers led 8-3 in the first quarter and 17-11 at halftime, but Washington?s big run came in the third. The Demons outscored Mt. Pleasant 14-6 in the third quarter and held a 25-23 lead going into the final period.
The Panthers bounced back in the fourth quarter and had their best offensive quarter of the game. Mt. Pleasant nearly doubled its point total, scoring 21 points in the period, and held Washington to 13 fourth-quarter points to escape with a home win.
Maddie Williamson scored 17 points to lead the Panthers. Kalynn Batey had 12 points and eight rebounds. Isabel Ashton scored seven points. Sadie Carrasco had five points and eight rebounds. Lydia Stewart had two points in the win, and Taylor Murray finished with one point and three assists.
Both Mt. Pleasant teams will play a rescheduled game against Ottumwa tonight (Monday). The boys will be at home for a 7:30 p.m. contest. The girls will travel to Ottumwa for a game starting at 7:45 p.m.