MT. PLEASANT — Basketball is a game of adjustments, and the Mt. Pleasant girls showed that on Monday night. The Panthers went to a man-to-man defense in the second half, which helped turn a three-point deficit into a 37-28 win over Holy Trinity.
“We felt like our feat were in cement in the first half,” head coach Curt Watson said. “We decided to go man-to-man, and they really buckled down and got after it. I thought our help defense was really good.”
HTC outscored Mt. Pleasant in both of the first two quarters. Seven different Panthers scored in the first half, but the Crusaders led 12-11 after the first quarter and 21-18 at halftime.
The Panthers wasted no time in grabbing the lead in the third quarter. Five different Panthers scored in the third, with Lydia Stewart’s four leading the way. Mt. Pleasant won the thrid period 11-3 and held a 29-24 lead after three quarters.
Mt. Pleasant continued to hound the Crusader offense in the fourth quarter. HTC was only able to muster four points in the final eight minutes and the Panthers pulled away for a nine-point victory.
Stewart and Isabel Ashton co-led the Panthers with seven points each in the win. Andrea Lopreato had six points and eight rebounds.
Emma Huckabone and Sydni Coleman each scored five points on the night. Elli Liechty had three. Tristian Shull had two points and five steals, and Avery Sutter scored two poitns of her own. Karsyn Lamm didn’t score but did end the night with three steals.
“I thought we were all shooting the ball pretty even,” said Stewart after the win. “Everyone got their points on the board, and we all worked as a team.”
The Panthers are now 3-8 overall. They’ll try and stay in the Southeast Conference race when they put their 2-2 SEC record on the line at Ft. Madison.