Washington Evening Journal
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FORT MADISON — The Mt. Pleasant girls basketball team sure made it tough on hosting Fort Madison on Friday night, but the Panthers couldn’t quite pull off the win in their Southeast Conference opener.
Mt. Pleasant challenged the Bloodhounds despite the absence of starting point guard Tristian Shull, but Fort Madison escaped 41-36.
The Panthers got off to a slow start, trailing 13-10 after one quarter and 23-21 at halftime. The Panthers, however, had a strong third to take a 31-30 lead into the fourth.
Fort Madison’s defense clamped up in the final eight minutes. Mt. Pleasant scored just five points in the entire fourth quarter.
Despite the loss, Andrea Lopreato had a nice night offensively, scoring 16 points and pulling down 21 rebounds to lead Mt. Pleasant.
Andi Scott scored seven points in the loss. Alexa Fuller and Kate Schimmelpfennig each had four, and Hailey Parrott scored two.
Mt. Pleasant fell to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in SEC play with the loss.