Pulaski girls win on Senior Night
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[February 03, 2017]
The Mount Pulaski Lady Hilltoppers
swept the Illini Central Lady
Cougars on the court Thursday night
to end the regular basketball
season. Before the Varsity tip-off
Ashley Houser and Hailey Moore were
also recognized for Senior Night.
In the opening contest the Lady
Hilltoppers JV squad won 53-31.
Mount Pulaski dominated the JV game
jumping out to a 17-8 first quarter
By the half Mount Pulaski was up
The third quarter only saw the gap
widen with the Lady Hilltoppers
running the score up to 42-15.
The final in the JV game, thanks to
double-digit scoring in every
quarter by Mount Pulaski, was 53-31.
The Lady Hilltoppers ended the
season on a good note.
Callie Anderson led the Lady
Hilltoppers JV with 11 points.
Olivia Cooper and Amelia Kuhlman
each scored 10 points for Mount
Pulaski. Mount Pulaski poured in
eight three-pointers in the game
with Cooper and Anderson scoring
The JV squad is coached by Steven
In the Varsity contest Mount Pulaski
hung on late in the game to defeat
Illini Central 43-39.
Mount Pulaski was off to a quick
start in the first quarter, leading
9-0 before the Lady Cougars even got
on the board.
Kyndel Arthalony finally hit two
free throws at the 2:14 mark to get
Illini Central in the scoring
Fikirte Mott’s three with 35 seconds
left in the quarter gave Mount
Pulaski a 14-4 lead.
Buckets by Dakota Schmeiderer and
Skylar Hayes completed the scoring
in the first quarter for both teams.
Things got a little too close for
comfort for Mount Pulaski as Illini
Central came back late in the fourth
quarter. The Lady Hilltoppers hung
on to win 43-39.
Mount Pulaski’s lead at the end of
the first quarter was 16-6.
Illini Central, who truly could not
buy a basket in that first quarter,
finally heated up in the second
quarter. The Lady Cougars put up 14
points to the Lady Hilltoppers 15
Mount Pulaski got threes from Ashley
Houser and Hayes to lead the way in
that second quarter and allow Mount
Pulaski to have a comfortable 31-20
lead at halftime.
The third quarter saw both teams
struggle to put the ball through the
hoop. No one made a basket until the
4:30 mark when Hailey Moore banked
the ball in on an assist from Mott
for Mount Pulaski.
Arthalony made all five points for
Illini Central in the third quarter.
Add in Mott’s one free throw here
and Mount Pulaski’s third quarter
performance consisted of three
points. Still Mount Pulaski had a
34-25 lead going into the final
Hayes quickly hit a three from the
corner to extend the Mount Pulaski
lead to 37-25 at the beginning of
the fourth quarter. Good thing
because Schmeiderer for Illini
Central would heat up and toss in
seven points while Mount Pulaski
cooled off for the next five minutes
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Pulaski seniors Hailey Moore
and Ashley Houser are all
smiles after the 43-39 win
on Senior Night.
With just less the a minute left in
the ballgame Arthalony hit a three
for the Lady Cougars and the Mount
Pulaski crowd began to get nervous.
Illini Central had made it a
ballgame, only trailing by one
Then with 33 seconds left Hayes hit
another three, her fourth on the
night, and the crowd erupted. Mount
Pulaski’s lead was 43-39 and that is
where it would stay.
The rest of the game was just missed
opportunities and a couple missed
free throws by Mount Pulaski that
did not matter in the long run. The
Lady Hilltoppers had won on Senior
Night with Ashley Houser and Hailey
Moore earning a loud applause
whenever they scored. Houser
finished with 8 points and Moore
with 3 points.
Hayes led all scorers with 20 points
while Schmeiderer led Illini Central
with 17 points. Arthalony also had
10 points for the Lady Cougars.
Mount Pulaski (9-16) hosts the
regional tournament next week with
the Lady Hilltoppers, a no. 4 seed,
playing on Wednesday night.
Mount Pulaski Varsity 43
Illini Central Varsity 39
Mount Pulaski JV 53
Elaine Aylesworth 3
Emma Aylesworth 2
Illini Central JV 31