MT. PLEASANT — Friday was senior night for the Mt. Pleasant girls basketball team, and the Panthers celebrated with a 46-30 win over rival Washington.
The Panthers and Demons battled in a tight first quarter. Mt. Pleasant squeaked out a 9-7 lead after the first quarter, and pulled away in the second to take a 17-10 lead at halftime. Six different Mt. Pleasant players scored in the first half, although Washington’s Alex Murphy led all scorers with five at the break.
Mt. Pleasant held a short-lived double-digit lead in the third quarter and held onto a 28-19 lead into the fourth. The Panthers put up a game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter to run away with the win.
“We definitely needed to come out and play strong,” said Mt. Pleasant senior Karsyn Lamm. “We didn’t have a good first half, but we definitely came out strong in the second half to get the win.”
A couple of sophomore standouts helped the Panthers secure the senior night win. Tristian Shull led the way with 15 points and five steals, and Andrea Lopreato had 14 points, eight rebounds and four steals. The two combined for 22 points in the second half.
“We love our seniors. They’re the best,” said Shull. “We knew going into it that we’ve got to play for them, and we’ve got to win for them.”
Emma Huckabone finished the night with seven points. Kenna Lamm had five. Karsyn Lamm scored three, and Emma Rugg had two.
Josie Turner poured in nine points for the Demons. Murphy finished with seven. Anna Nacos had six. Makenna Conrad scored five, and Kaylin Long tacked on three.
After falling to Central Lee on Saturday, Mt. Pleasant is now 8-7 overall and 4-3 in Southeast Conference play. Washington fell to 1-13 overall and 1-6 in the league.