Pulaski girls basketball season
comes to an end
takes the Regional Championship
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[February 11, 2017]
The Mount Pulaski Lady
Hilltoppers season came to a close
Friday night as Heyworth took the
Class 1A Regional Championship at
the Ed Butkovich Gymnasium. The Lady
Hornets, the no. 1 seed in the
regional, wasted no time Friday
night making a statement they were
out for the regional crown.
Heyworth jumped out to a 9-0 lead to
start the game. Mount Pulaski never
got on the board until 4:55 when
Skylar Hayes managed to hit two free
throws. Mount Pulaski would only be
able to hit a couple more field
goals in the first quarter, one by
Hailey Moore and one by Morgan May,
and find themselves in a 16-6
deficit at the first quarter buzzer.
Mount Pulaski’s second quarter would
be relatively quiet with May being
the only one to score the first six
and a half minutes of action.
Meanwhile Heyworth just kept pouring
in the points and built a 27-11
lead. Finally with 50.2 seconds
remaining in the first half,
Isabella Wade popped a three pointer
for Mount Pulaski and the crowd came
alive. Hayes would end the first
half with a layup for Mount Pulaski.
The 29-16 lead held by the
heavily-stacked junior-senior squad
of Heyworth was not quite
insurmountable for Coach Eric
Leever’s team, which consisted
primarily of freshmen and sophomores
on the court, but Mount Pulaski
would definitely have their hands
full the second half.
Fikirte Mott drives
towards the basket as Kaylee Wilham
looks on during the contest versus
Heyworth was on a mission and it
showed. Lady Hornets’ senior Somer
Marlett, who led all scorers with 18
points, poured in three consecutive
treys from the same corner in the
third quarter and that was a dagger
in the Lady Hilltoppers’ hearts.
Heyworth was just dominating Mount
Pulaski, from the field and on the
boards, and the score showed with
the Lady Hornets up 49-25 at the end
of the third quarter.
The bright spots of the fourth
quarter for Mount Pulaski were few
and far, but the fans did enjoy
seeing Wade hit another three to
start the final quarter.
Once the starters came out to
much applause by the home team,
Mount Pulaski’s bench managed to
score a couple baskets in the final
minutes and that, too, made the fans
happy. Shelby Bailey and Zoey Lowe
each managed baskets for Mount
Pulaski down the stretch and that
softened the blow a little.
The final as Heyworth takes the
regional title was 53-32.
Advancing to the sectional three
point contest from Mount Pulaski are
Ashley Houser and Skylar Hayes.
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Coach Eric Leever
talks to the Lady Hilltoppers
following the team’s 53-32 regional
championship loss to Heyworth
Freshmen Olivia Cooper and Kaylee
Wilham also shot in the competition,
coming up just short of advancing.
The rest of the evening for Mount
Pulaski included hugs and
conversation with family and
friends, while the Heyworth crowd
enjoyed pictures with the plaque and
the ceremonial cutting of the net.
Congratulations to Heyworth on the
championship and thanks to Mount
Pulaski for playing hard all season
Leever’s young squad compiled a 9-17
record on the season.
The team’s two leading scorers all
season long were Skylar Hayes and
Morgan May, both sophomores with a
very bright future on the court.
Hayes was held to just 7 points in
her final game of the season but
May, who hustled her heart out for
32 minutes, led the team with 12
points in the regional title game.
With several freshmen on this year’s
roster who saw some Varsity playing
time, Mount Pulaski can only look
forward to improving next season.
Mount Pulaski 32
The Class 1A Regional
Champions - the Heyworth Lady