Mt Pleasant’s undefeated District Champion Lady Tiger basketball team will play Nacogdoches in the bi-district round. The Lady Tigers will be the home team. It will be Monday, Feb 13, at 6:30 pm, at Tyler Legacy High School. Tickets are debit or credit cards at the door. No cash is accepted, with the price of $5 for adults and $3 for students/children.
The Mount Pleasant Tigers took a 56-45 win on the road Tuesday night as they had to fight from behind in a hostile Lobo Coliseum. With the win, the Tigers clinched their third district championship in the last four years and fourth overall under head coach Joey Chism with two games remaining on the regular season schedule.
Mount Pleasant struck first, securing the tip and scoring on a pretty feed from Carter Chism to a back door cutting Reggie Webster to stake a 2-0 lead. Longview would answer with an offensive putback on the other end to knot the score at 2-2, but the Tigers would get a driving layup by Payton Chism and another score inside from Kai Price to go up 6-2. Mount Pleasant would put together a few stops as Kelcey Morris scored on two straight possessions to put the Tigers up 10-2, as they looked like they might run away with the game early. But the Lobos would not back down, generating an 8-0 run on a couple of three-point makes to tie up the score at 10-10. The Tigers would put another score on the board, but Longview would score twice to close the quarter up 14-12.
Longview would open the second quarter with a 6-0 spurt to put the Tigers in a hole at 20-12. The two teams would trade buckets before Longview hit another three to increase their lead to 25-16, giving the Tigers their most significant deficit. With under a minute remaining in the quarter, Webster would hit a free throw, and Carter Chism would get a putback bucket to close the score with the Tigers trailing 25-19 at the half.
The Tigers would regroup after the break picking up their full-court defensive intensity and scoring the first four points of the second half to bring the score to 25-23. Longview would again respond, maintaining pace and trying to keep their distance in front of the Tigers, but Mount Pleasant would be relentless in their pursuit, finally tying the score at 29-29. This momentum would fuel the Tigers to a 14-3 run spurred on by two Carter Chism daggers from deep, giving the Tigers the lead for good, as Longview would never recover. Mount Pleasant would extend their lead to 42-35 heading into the final frame.
The fourth quarter displayed the Tigers’ ball control as they forced Longview to foul and navigate multiple players in foul trouble. Tensions and frustration would finally boil over as a Longview player fouled out and received a technical, followed by the Longview coach assessing a technical as well. The Tigers would shoot six straight free throws that all but sealed the game and pushed them to a double-digit victory.
Payton Chism led all scorers with 18 points (6-14 FG, 6-9 FT), seven rebounds, three assists, and one steal. Kelcey Morris was hot on his heels with 16 points (5-10 FG, 6-6 FT) to go with three rebounds, one assist, and three steals. Carter Chism was the hot hand behind the arc notching 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt) with two rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Reggie Webster added 5 points, and Kai Price and Kyler Smith each had 2 points.
The 5 Tigers (31-0, 12-0) will travel to Marshall (14-20, 3-9) on Friday before returning home next Tuesday to face Tyler (20-8, 9-3) for the final home and regular season game. They haven’t set the playoff picture, but Mount Pleasant will match up with either Huntsville or Porter in the first round.
(Pictured L to R) Mike Vargas, Zay Howard, Jayden Morgan, Landon Cheatum, Zeke Hargrave, Caydon Johnson, Coach Billy Farrier, BJ Brannon, Jeremiah Hurndon, Jayden Loewen, and Drew Cross. (not pictured is Nehemiah Savage)
The Mount Pleasant Junior High 8th grade Tiger A team celebrated winning the district championship on Monday, February 6, as they defeated Pine Tree in the last game of the season. The MPJH Tigers were a perfect 8-0 in the district and had an overall record of 13-2.