By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
Monday marked the unveiling of Henry County?s four high school girls? basketball teams, as the area?s teams competed in the 11th annual Iowa Wesleyan Jamboree.
The four teams each played one half of basketball in their scrimmage. Mt. Pleasant was the lone winner, as WACO, Winfield-Mt. Union and New London all picked up losses.
WACO was the first team to hit the floor from Henry County after Wapello and Danville played in the night?s opener. The Warriors took on SEISC South Division rival West Burlington.
WACO fell behind early in their game, but started to scrap back late. The majority of the top Warrior scorers from last season were in action, including 2016-17 leading scorer Kiana Miller.
The Warriors had a shot to tie the game as the clock wound down with West Burlington leading 21-18, but the Falcons held on to escape with a close win.
Winfield-Mt. Union was next up. The Wolves, who return their top three leading scorers from last season (Lexee Hartsock, Karley Schlee and Pearl Krieger-Coble), blended their experienced players with a group of promising freshmen.
It was a tough matchup for the Wolves, who had to take on Southeast Conference power Keokuk. The Wolves couldn?t quite keep up with the speedy Chief guards as Keokuk walked away with a 40-13 win.
New London made their debut under Coach David Streeter in the fourth game of the night. The Tigers bring back five of their top seven scorers from last year, but lose two of their top three.
The Tigers played a defensive battle with Ft. Madison. The Bloodhounds were able to grind out a 19-15 win, despite a solid inside scoring attack from New London.
Next up was Mt. Pleasant to close the night out against Columbus Community. The Panthers enter the year without six of their top eight scorers from last year, meaning there were plenty of new faces on the floor.
The Panthers did return both of their starting wings from last year, top scorer Maddie Williams and Kalynn Batey, who was third on the team in scoring last year, and led in assists.
Mt. Pleasant played extremely tough defense against the Wildcats, holding them to just eight points. The Panthers collected a flurry of fast-break points and the score read 33-8 when time expired.
The official games will start in less than one week, as Mt. Pleasant opens up their season on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Durant.