The Mt. Pleasant girls’ basketball team had a nice tuneup for tonight’s doubleheader on Thursday night when they hosted Danville in a nonconference game. Unfortunately for the Panthers, a fierce Danville defense rattled MP all night, and the Bears pulled out a 60-32 win.
Things went south early for Mt. Pleasant. Danville created turnover after turnover, spearheaded by senior star Alyssa Pfadenhauer, who wreaked havoc on the Panther offense all night.
Sadie Carrasco scored four early points, but the Bears busted out for over 20 points in the first eight minutes, and led 21-5 after the first period.
“We kind of made Pfadenhauer look like all-state, but she’s good,” Coach Curt Watson said about the Danville star. “She’s really quick. She gets after it, and she just keeps playing. You can tell she runs cross-country.”
The Panthers fared better against the Bears’ pressure defense in the second quarter, but Danville still led 33-15 at halftime. Maddie Williamson scored six points in the second quarter and led the Panthers in scoring through two periods.
Mt. Pleasant’s offense went stagnent in the third quarter. Williamson scored four points, but she was the only Panther to put anything on the board. After three quarters, Danville led 46-19.
The Panthers put on their own press in the fourth quarter, and it turned into their highest scoring quarter. Six different Panthers scored in the final quarter, but Danville still managed to outscore Mt. Pleasant 14-13.
Williamson finished the night with 13 points. Carrasco scored seven. Sydni Coleman had five. Isabel Ashton scored three. Lydia Stewart had two, and both Karsyn Lamm and Elli Liechty had one.
“We’ve just got to get better,” Watson said after the game. “We’ve got to get smarter, and we’ve just got to take care of the ball.”
The Panthers fell to 2-8 on the year. They’ll try and improve on their 2-2 Southeast Conference record tonight (Friday) when they host rival Fairfield.
“We’re really hungry for Fairfield,” Watson said in closing. “We told the girls after the game, you’ve got to flush this one down the toilet, and it’s done and over with. Tomorrow is a big game. We want to stay in the conference hunt, so we have to have it.”
The varsity games tonight will begin at 6:15 p.m., but junior varsity games will start at 4:45 p.m. There will be a soup supper and baked goods silent auction during the doubleheader tonight. The auction is being put on by the junior class, and funds will be used for prom expenses.