Young Irish Learning from Tough Losses
MT. PLEASANT – After reaching the MHSAA Class D girls basketball state semifinals each of the last three years, Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart suffered its first league loss in nearly two years last week.
A young Irish squad fell to Mid-State Activities Conference rival Carson City-Crystal, 31-27, on Jan. 24. The Eagles were the last MSAC team to record a win over the Irish – a 35-32 victory back on Jan. 31, 2017.
“I love it. Love it, love it, love it. This is the best way you learn,” Sacred Heart coach Damon Brown said after the loss. “You know, in these types of experiences, you’re going to be challenged. Carson City challenges us every year, so good thing we play them twice. I was pleased with what I saw from my freshmen and my sophomores as well. Scout does a good job of carrying us. But this is a good opportunity for our young players to learn how to step up and play in those types of situations. I thought they did well for their first experience.”
Ranked sixth in the latest Associated Press Division 4 state poll, the Irish (7-2) replaced five seniors that led Sacred Heart to a 94-10 record and a Class D state runner-up finish over four years.
Scout Nelson is one of two seniors in the Irish lineup.
After netting her 1,000th career point in a win over Coleman on Dec. 7, Nelson rewrote the school record books with a 43-point performance in a 76-28 win over Beal City. Sacred Heart’s single-game record was previously held by AP Class D Player of the Year Averi Gamble, who scored 40 points against Beal City in 67-23 win over Beal City in December 2015.
Sacred Heart returns to the court Tuesday, hosting Coleman. The Irish won the earlier meeting 61-32.