Written by on February 23, 2013 in Sports

The old saying is sports is that “defense” wins championships, a person would truly believe that after watching the Mt. Pleasant Panther boys basketball team win a 3A district championship game over Williamsburg 47-26 at Fairfield Friday night.  M.P. slapped a tough man to man defense on the Raiders and turned Faith Pope loose offensively to get out to a 13-4 lead at the end of 1 quarter, and outscored Williamsburg 14-8 in the 2nd period to build a 27-12 halftime lead and get the game under control.  The Panthers then continued the tough “D” in the second half and became very patient on offense to get good shots and run valuable time off the clock.  Pope ended the night with 20 points, Cameron Frank added 9.  Mt. Pleasant is now 18-5 on the year and play in the substate championship game again, this time it’s against Solon at Iowa City West High School Monday night at 7 p.m.  The Spartans used tough defense to beat Keokuk Friday night in that district championship 49-30, the Chiefs were held scoreless in the second quarter by the Solon defense so Monday night could be a game where it’s a struggle for each team to create offense.


Assumption, Davenport 67, Wahlert, Dubuque 57
Atlantic 68, Creston 48
Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 58, LeMars 53
Centerville 52, Chariton 44
Clear Lake 68, Humboldt 52
Dallas Center-Grimes 60, Nevada 44
Grinnell 58, Pella 44
Harlan 51, Carroll 43
MOC-Floyd Valley 63, Storm Lake 52
Marion 55, Anamosa 50
Mount Pleasant 47, Williamsburg 26
Norwalk 46, Ballard 45
Solon 49, Keokuk 30
Vinton-Shellsburg 56, Union, La Porte City 45
Waverly-Shell Rock 60, Iowa Falls-Alden 39



The Danville Bears rolled over Pekin in the 1A district championship at Muscatine Friday night 88-58.  Bears are happy to be in the substate championship tonight at Oskaloosa against Sigourney, but coach Ken Lafoon not happy with his team’s defensive  intensity in the win.  Tonight top ranked Danville who is 24-0 will play Sigourney who has a 21-3 record, KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry the game live beginning at 7 p.m.


Ankeny Christian Academy 51, Guthrie Center 46
Bishop Garrigan, Algona 59, North Iowa, Buffalo Center 45
Danville 88, Pekin 58
Dunkerton 35, North-Linn, Troy Mills 33
Iowa Mennonite, Kalona 58, Lynnville-Sully 53
Lawton-Bronson 55, Woodbury Central, Moville 34
Lone Tree 57, Preston 46
Murray 70, Mount Ayr 61
North Tama, Traer 50, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 38
Riverside, Oakland 46, Underwood 43
Sigourney 64, Moulton-Udell 46
St. Mary’s, Storm Lake 65, Newell-Fonda 53
Villisca 51, Sidney 44
Wapsie Valley, Fairbank 73, Postville 60

The Burlington Grayhounds were eliminated from the 4A tournament trail Friday night when they lost to Cedar Rapids Jefferson 59-37, BHS ends the year 8-14.


Ankeny 64, Des Moines, North 51
Bettendorf 63, Davenport, West 26
Cedar Falls 59, Waterloo, East 43
Cedar Rapids, Jefferson 59, Burlington 37
Des Moines, Hoover 60, Indianola 34
Des Moines, Roosevelt 52, Johnston 41
Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 51, Des Moines, Lincoln 32
Dubuque, Senior 55, Xavier, Cedar Rapids 39
Epworth, Western Dubuque 63, Cedar Rapids, Washington 52
Iowa City, West 74, Prairie, Cedar Rapids 30
North Scott, Eldridge 64, Davenport, Central 41
Pleasant Valley 54, Linn-Mar, Marion 40
Urbandale 54, Southeast Polk 51
Valley, West Des Moines 75, Ames 57


Tonight in class 2A substate championship action, Burlington Notre Dame 18-4 will play Pella Chrsitian 19-4 at Ottumwa Evans Jr. High at 7 p.m.  The winner goes onto the 2013 State Tournament.


On KILJ-AM 1130 today at noon listen to the Iowa State vs Texas Tech game, Iowa plays at Nebraska at 1 p.m. today in a game postponed from Thursday because of snow.

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