The odds were against the Mount Pleasant boys basketball team from the start this season, but that certainly didn’t stop them from trying and making some noise this season.
The Green Knights fell short in their state championship quest, losing to Hodgson 60-53 in the state quarterfinals Sunday, but that was further than anyone expected them to go. Well, except for head coach Lisa Sullivan.
“We’re not going to hang our heads,” Sullivan said. “We weren’t happy to just be here. We wanted to win, but we had a really good season.”
The Green Knights (16-7) led the Flight B champion Silver Eagles by one after the first quarter, thanks to 11 points from senior guard Tomir Gibbs.
Hodgson countered with their three guards, Parris Ridgeway-Higgs, Anthony Bowers and Tyaire Hudson and led by as many as 11 points in the final minute of the fourth quarter. The Silver Eagle defense also made it tough for Mount Pleasant to get baskets in transition, a huge part of their 55-31 dismantling of Brandywine two days earlier.
“They made us work for every basket we got," Sullivan said. “They had the advantage with experience - those three guys have been playing together for four years."
Gibbs led Mount Pleasant (and all scorers) with 22 points and center Korahon Carpenter added 12 points. Sullivan was pleased with the effort of her team through the whole season.
“I’m really proud to coach these kids,” she said. “I think they represented me and the school very well this year.”
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