Panthers split with Ottumwa

It was a big night for the Mt. Pleasant girls basketball team on Monday night. The Panther girls scored a comeback win over Ottumwa, getting revenge for a 13-point road loss earlier this year with a 51-50 victory. The boys lost to the Bulldogs for the second time this year, falling 77-61.

The Panther girls trailed 17-14 after one quarter and 28-21 at halftime. It looked like it might be a repeat of their previous matchup, but the Panthers buckled down in the second half.

Mt. Pleasant split the third quarter with Ottumwa, 14-14, to go into the final quarter trailing by seven, at 42-35. That gave them just enough time to storm back with a 16-point fourth quarter and stun the Bulldogs by one point.

Lydia Stewart led the Mt. Pleasant girls with 13 points, going 5-for-12 from the field and 3-for-6 from 3-point range. Andrea Lopreato scored 10 points to give the Panthers two double-digit scorers.

Emma Huckabone had eight points and five rebounds in the win. Tristian Shull finished with seven points and three assists. Isabel Ashton had six points and five rebounds.

Sydni Coleman scored three points. Avery Sutter and Elli Liechty each ended the night with two points and five rebounds. Sutter also blocked two shots.

The Panther boys trailed 17-8 after the first quarter nad 38-25 at halftime. Mt. Pleasant cut the lead by two points, at 56-44, after three quarters, but Ottumwa continued to pull away in the fourth.

Three Panther boys reached double digits in the loss. Keegan Kohorst had 18 points, four assists and two steals to lead the way. Clayton Lowery had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Brevin Wilson ended the night with 12 point and two steals. Jaxon Hoyle nailed three 3-pointers for nine points. Konnor Peterson had five points.

The Mt. Pleasant boys are now 10-9. The girls are 6-14. The Panthers will host Fairfield in a girl-boy doubleheader on Friday night.