By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
The Mt. Pleasant boys? basketball team went 1-1 this weekend. The Panthers rolled Southeast Conference rival Keokuk 73-26 on Friday, and played Class 4A power Dubuque Hempstead tight on Saturday, falling 58-50.
The Panthers demolished the Chiefs in the first half on Friday. Mt. Pleasant started dominating immediately, rushing out to a 29-4 lead after one quarter, and shutting the Chiefs out 22-0 in the second quarter. Mt. Pleasant held a 51-4 lead at the half.
The work was already done for Mt. Pleasant?s starters. The Panther starting five didn?t play at all in the second half, allowing the depth of the team to be on full display.
The Mt. Pleasant bench played Keokuk even. The Chiefs took the third quarter 18-14 but Mt. Pleasant outscored Keokuk 8-4 in the fourth to end the game with a 47-point advantage.
Brady Sartorius led the way with 17 points, eight assists and three steals. Rhett Zeglen scored 11 points. Kieran Kohorst, Keegan Kohorst, Colin Mulford and Jordan Magnani scored seven points each.
Maison Ashton and Sam Beatty scored four points each in the win. Tucker Johnson, Jacob Stukerjurgen and Jonathan Ita had three apiece.
The JV team also won, taking down Keokuk 76-47. Jaxon Hoyle scoerd 23 points. Brody Bender had 14, and Keegan Kohorst had 13. The freshman team fell 49-40, despite a 13-point game from Brevin Wilson.
After the game, Coach Paul Rundquist credited the team?s up-tempo style, which had the Chiefs off balance all night long.
?Tempo is going to be important for us this year,? Rundquist said. ?We stress it, (and) we want teams to have to play sped up. In saying that, we want to make sure that we?re under control when we have possession.?
Coach Rundquist also looked ahead to Saturday?s game, which was quite the challenge for the Panther boys. Dubuque Hempstead was a 4A state tournament team in 2016-17, and bring back a good portion of the team, including two starters, and Mt. Pleasant played them on the road.
Mt. Pleasant gave quite the scare to their 4A foe on Saturday. Hempstead led 16-10 after the first quarter, and Mt. Pleasant cut the lead to 25-21 at halftime.
Hempstead was able to stretch their lead to double digits after three quarters, and led 41-30 going into the final period. The Panthers outscored Hempstead 20-17 in the fourth quarter, but ran out of time before they could take back the lead.
Colin Mulford and Jordan Magnani scoerd 13 points apiece in the loss. Sartorius scored 11 points, and led the squad with four assists and four steals. Jonathan Ita scored seven points. Kieran Kohorst finished with six points, and led the team with seven rebounds.
The Panthers moved to 3-2 with the win and 2-0 in conference play. They will travel to Ft. Madison on Friday, Dec. 15, for a game starting at 7:30 p.m.