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Mount Pleasant to face Waverly-Shell Rock in first round of tourney

Feb 27, 2013

The Mount Pleasant boys’ basketball team will face Waverly-Shell Rock at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday in the opening round of the state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

What follows is a wrap-up of the two teams.

 

Mount Pleasant

 

Record: 19-5, No. 6 seed

Road to state:

Defeated Clear Creek-Amana, 57-25, in first-round district game.

Defeated Williamsburg, 47-26, in district championship.

Defeated Solon, 51-33, in substate game.

Strengths: The Panthers have a class-leading defense, allowing fewer than 40 points per game — the lowest average in Class 3A. In the postseason, they haven’t yet allowed more than 33 points in a game. They also have a class-high 304 steals. As a team, they have a 50.6 shooting percentage, and they have averaged 19.2 points per game more than their opponents, just barely behind undefeated Vinton-Shellsburg, which averages 19.5.

Probable starters:

— Cameron Frank, 6-3 senior

A second-year starter, Frank — now the Panthers’ point guard — is a team leader, and both his hard work and talent on the court are demonstrated by his high numbers in many different statistical categories.

— Logan Mulford, 6-2 senior

Mulford has aided the Mt. Pleasant defense with 38 steals of his own this season and has dished 48 assists, second only to Frank in both categories. He has only 25 turnovers, the lowest of any starter on the team.

— Ryan Hanna, 6-3 senior

Hanna has stepped up as a force down low this season, shooting 64.3 percent from the field and averaging 11.1 points per game. He also has 25 blocked shots.

— Brant Shelman, 6-2 senior

A newcomer to the Panther team, Shelman is second on the squad in 3-point shooting percentage, making 16 of 51 attempts (31.4 percent). He is also key on defense, with 37 steals on the season.

— Faith Pope, 6-6 senior

Another newcomer, Pope averages a team-leading 16.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Pope shoots 68.8 from the field, and is also a strong 3-point shooter, averaging 46.7 percent (14-for-30).

 

Waverly-Shell Rock

 

Record: 20-4, No. 3 seed

Road to state:

Defeated Charles City, 61-43, in first-round district game.

Defeated Iowa Falls-Alden, 60-39, in district championship.

Defeated Clear Lake, 65-55, in substrate game.

Strengths: The Go-Hawks haven’t lost a game since Dec. 18. They shoot 50.8 percent from the field as a team and are decent free throw shooters as well, at 68.8 percent. Just about any starter can lead the team in scoring on any given day.

Probable starters:

— Dan Stensland, 5-11 junior

The best of a good free throw shooting team, Stensland shoots 76.2 from the line.

— Klinton Carlson, 6-8 senior

Averaging 17.7 points per game, Carlson is big under the basket and can also make a 3-pointer.

— Jake Velky, 6-0 sophomore

A 41.7 percent 3-point shooter (50-120), Velky averages 13.8 points per game.

— Drew Demuth, 6-1 junior

Demuth helps pick up a few extra points under the basket

— Shawn Westendorf, 6-2 junior

Westendorf has a 65.5 field goal percentage and averages 7.2 points per game. His 14 points led W-SR against Iowa Falls in the district championship.

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