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Snow defeats Oskaloosa

Mt. Pleasant takes down No. 2 Cascade, loses to No. 5 New London

CEDAR RAPIDS — Those coming Saturday to the U.S. Cellular Center to see one of the top junior players in the country were disappointed.

Because of snow, Oskaloosa was unable to get to town for its game against Cedar Rapids Jefferson at the Wells Fargo Advisors Shootout.

The Indians feature 7-foot junior center Xavier Foster.

Foster had 11 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocked shots in a 74-48 win at Washington Dec. 11.

Shootout organizer Tyler Cleveland said he had a pair of replacement teams willing to play Jefferson on very short notice, but the Iowa High School Athletic Association shot down that idea. The IHSAA has a 21-game regular-season limit.

Instead, Oskaloosa and Jefferson will play next Saturday as part of the second installment of the Shootout. They will conclude the all-day event at approximately 8:15 p.m.

The other seven games scheduled will begin a half-hour earlier, with Alburnett and Springville tipping things off at 9:45 a.m. Fans will be able to watch Foster and Ohio State signee D.J. Carton, whose Bettendorf team plays Cedar Rapids Washington.

In other games Saturday, Keegan Kohorst scored 25 points as Mount Pleasant handed Class 2A top-ranked Camanche its first loss, 75-65.

Durant kicked things off with a 67-52 win over Bellevue. Marion defeated Independence, 58-38, and Iowa City High topped Waterloo West, 71-58.

Mt. Pleasant’s offense was red hot in the first quarter. Kohorst put up eight points in the first 8 minutes and the Panthers held a 19-12 lead over their undefeated foes.

The Panthers had a 10-point lead in the second quarter, but Camanche came climbing back to cut the lead to as little as two points. At the half, Mt. Pleasant still led, 32-28, and Kohorst was up to 12 points individually.

Jaxon Hoyle, who went scoreless in the first half, had it going from 3-point land in the final two quarters. He hit back-to-back threes in the third quarter to help the Panthers extend the lead to seven points. Camanche ended the third quarter on a 7-0 run, however, and it was 45-44 at the break.

Hoyle buried a couple more threes on the Indians in the fourth quarter, and that spark led to a 30-point fourth quarter for the Panthers. Mt. Pleasant closed the game out with free throws and picked up their biggest win of the season.

Kohorst dished out six assists to lead Mt. Pleasant in the win. He was 13 of 14 from the free-throw line, and as a team, the Panthers went 23 of 26.

Hoyle had five threes in the second half for his 15 points. Johnson scored 13. Beatty had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Zeglen scored six, and Bender had four.

Camanche star Cameron Soenksen had 25 points and six assists.

Mt. Pleasant is 6-7 overall after facing another ranked team Monday, Class 1A’s No. 5 New London and losing 76-63. Kohorst had 23 while Mason Porter had 22 for New London.