Pleasantville press stops Saints

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In their second Marion County showdown in two days, the Pleasantville High varsity girls’ basketball team again came out on top, as they defeated Melcher-Dallas 52-23 at home Tuesday night.

Signs of a tough Trojan defense and Saint mistakes appeared early in the game, but for the most part the teams seemed evenly matched. Kynser Reed of Melcher-Dallas led all scorers in the first with six total points. Meanwhile, Pleasantville hit only two shots in the first quarter to leave the Saints with an 8-4 lead going into the second.

The Trojans stayed aggressive and improved on offense in the second. Melcher-Dallas was able to hang with them, as the lead and ties went back-and-forth throughout. The score was 18-17 at the break.

Things changed drastically in the third, when Melcher-Dallas began to struggle to sink any shots. Pleasantville pumped up the speed, steals and outside shooting to go up 40-21 in the third. From there, the struggles continued for the Saints as the Trojans kept up their press. Meanwhile, the points kept adding up and the Trojans were able to win this one, 52-23.

“We played them tough the first half and did a lot of good things,” Melcher-Dallas Head Coach Kelsey Goff said. “Then that press got to us at the start of the second half and we went downhill fast. We didn’t take care of the ball like we needed to and made passes that aren’t what we can make.”

“The kids gave great effort in the second half,” Pleasantville Head Coach Jeff Cook added.

For the Saints, Reed finished with eight points, with Grace Overgaard adding six, Haley Godfrey four, Riley Enfield and Destinie Swanks each with two and Kacey Enfield with one. The Saints next host Ankeny Christian Friday night, Dec. 6.

As of this post, the Trojans are 4-0, which places them among the top four teams in the state among all classes. Rachel Harvey led Pleasantville with 10 points, Faith VanderHart with nine, Josie Hutchings and Bre Benge each with eight, Adi Adreon with seven, Malorie McKinney with six and Carlie Sloan with four. Harvey had five assists and four steals. McKinney had eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks. The Trojans host Panorama Monday, Dec. 9.