TEXARKANA, Texas --Autumn Crouch poured in a game-high 16 points for Pleasant Grove, but the Hawks fell to Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill, 44-36, in a varsity girls basketball game on Tuesday at Hawk Gym.
"We got out-worked tonight on the rebounds," Pleasant Grove head coach Codi Davidson said. "They had way too many offensive rebounds and we got into foul trouble; that made things a little more difficult. We are still learning and it is early in the season. We have kinks to work out, but I know we are getting better with every single game."
The Hawks pulled down 30 rebounds, while the Lady Devils had 35. Pleasant Grove shot 33 percent from the field on 14-of-43 shooting, and Chapel Hill connected on 16 of 42 shots for 38 percent. The Hawks had 21 turnovers and the Devils had 20.
Mackenzie Espinosa had a double-double for Chapel Hill with 12 points and 12 boards.
Pleasant Grove was outscored, 15-3, in the third quarter but tried to make a comeback in the last stanza. Crouch scored seven of her 16 points in the fourth as the Hawks crept to within five points at one point, 42-36. PG outscored the Devils, 13-6, in the fourth but the comeback just fell short.
Chapel Hill took a five-point lead into the locker room at halftime. The Lady Devils outscored Pleasant Grove, 17-6, in the second quarter. Emma Henard sunk a shot from 3-point land for the Hawks in the second quarter and teammate Jazz Moses hit a layup after a great pass from Crouch.
Crouch's eight points in the first quarter jumped Pleasant Grove out to a 12-6 advantage. The Hawks started the game on a 7-0 rally before Chapel Hill sunk a jump shot.
Pleasant Grove and the Lady Devils each had 12 turnovers in the first half. Chapel Hill narrowly outrebounded the Hawks in the first half, 16-14. The field goal percentage was similar as Pleasant Grove swished in 7 of 22 shots for 32 percent, and the Lady Devils hit on 8 of 21 shots for 38 percent.