Nearly 100 years had passed between state championship game appearances for the Mt. Pleasant (Iowa)
boys basketball team, so the Panthers probably didn't mind having to wait a few extra minutes to celebrate.
Mt. Pleasant needed double overtime to win the Class 3A state championship 66-62 against Western Dubuque (Epworth, Iowa) on Saturday, resulting in the program's first state title since 1918.
"It's awfully amazing," coach Paul Rundquist told the Des Moines Register
. "We're extremely excited to bring that trophy back to Mount Pleasant."
The Panthers endured some trying final moments. After losing a double-digit fourth-quarter lead, they trailed by three points with 11 seconds remaining in the first overtime before junior Dalton Conrad
hit a 3-pointer to take it to the extra session.
"It was probably the biggest shot I ever took in my life," Conrad told the newspaper. "Words can't explain that. It was perfect."
Mt. Pleasant jumped to a quick four-point lead in the second overtime and then hung on for the win, erasing the disappointment of losing in the semifinals the past two seasons. The Panthers finished the season 26-1.MaxPreps Iowa boys basketball playoff brackets