MT. PLEASANT — The Mt. Pleasant girls had a mountain to climb on Tuesday night when No. 13 (2A) Mediapolis came into town, and the Bullettes were able to flex their muscle, beating the Panthers 59-34.
Mt. Pleasant had trouble finding their offense in the first half. The Panthers were outscored 15-3 in the first quarter and went into halftime down 26-10. Andrea Lopreato had five of Mt. Pleasant’s 10 first half points.
Six different Mt. Pleasant players scored in the third quarter, and it was their best offensive quarter of the day, scoring 14 points. Mediapolis still outdid Mt. Pleasant by two points and led 43-24 after three periods. The Panthers tallied 10 more points in the fourth quarter.
Despite generating more offense in the second half, the Panthers could never get back within striking distance of the Bulldogs after a tough start.
“They’re a very good team,” Mt. Pleasant head coach Curt Watson said about the Bullettes. “They’re long, athletic and they play defense really well. I thought we did OK, we’ve just got to make shots. It’s kind of been the same old theme.”
Tristian Shull scored six points in the second half to lead the Panthers in scoring. Lopreato and Lydia Stewart had five apiece.
Avery Sutter scored four points in the loss. Elli Liechty and Isabel Ashton scored three each. Emma Huckabone, Sydni Coleman, Ava Lowery and Kate Schimmelpfennig finished with two points apiece.
Mt. Pleasant fell to 2-8 on the year. They’ll put their 2-2 Southeast Conference record on the line on Friday, Jan. 10 at Ft. Madison. After that game, their next two conference games are with the two top teams in the league, Fairfield and Keokuk.
“It’s a big game for us, and then we’ve got the leaders coming up right after that,” Coach Watson said. “Hopefully we can get a big win on Friday.”