By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
The Mt. Pleasant girls ended 2017 on a good note Thursday night, as they?ll ring in the new year with a 5-3 record. The Panthers used a dominant second quarter to run away from West Burlington early and held the Falcons off for a 43-29 non-conference victory.
The two teams battled back and forth in the first quarter. A fast start for the Panther backcourt carried Mt. Pleasant to an 8-7 lead after one period.
The second quarter was all Mt. Pleasant, and more specifically all Kalynn Batey. The Panther wing scored 10 points in the period, giving her 12 at halftime. Mt. Pleasant exploded for 19 points altogether in the second quarter and led the Falcons 27-12 at the break.
West Burlington began to battle back in the third quarter, cutting the lead down to 11 points at the end of the quarter. Mt. Pleasant took a 31-20 lead into the fourth.
The Panthers relied on a flurry of inside points by Sadie Carrasco to pull away in the fourth quarter. She scored six points in the period and the Panthers were able to put the game on ice.
After the game, Coach Curt Watson praised his junior post for picking up the scoring effort down the stretch.
?She really picked it up for us tonight,? Watson said. ?We?ve been talking to Sadie all year (saying), ?you don?t have to score 20 points a night. Score six to eight points and get six to eight rebounds.? Tonight was one of the best games she had played.?
Batey finished with 15 points and eight rebounds to lead the team offensively. Maddie Williamson also reached double-digits, scoring 12 points and coming away with five steals.
Carrasco finished the night with six poitns and a team-leading 10 rebounds. Taylor Murray scored five points on the night, and led the team with three assists and five blocked shots. Isabel Ashton scored five points of her own.
The Panthers will have a long break before getting into the toughest part of their schedule on Thursday, Jan 4. against Solon. That game is set to start at 7:30 p.m., and will be the first of five games over an 11-day stretch.