Courier sports staff
It’s been a tough senior season for Moulton-Udell’s Grey McCoy.
But not on Tuesday.
McCoy — who has been battling an ACL injury all season long — came up huge for the Eagles Tuesday, hitting 7-of-8 3-point shots on the way to a season-best 25 points as Moulton-Udell took a 74-69 win over Pleasantville in Class 1A, District 10 Semifinal boys basketball action.
“He’s struggled with that injury all year,” said M-U coach Brent Martsching. “He’s battled through it as much as he can.”
McCoy’s injury has limited his mobility and limited his playing time this season, but on Tuesday the senior had the kind of game most high school basketball players can only dream about.
“I’m really proud of him,” said Martsching. “I’m proud of the way he’s hung in there for us, and I’m proud of what he accomplished for us tonight.”
With the victory, M-U (16-7) moves on to face Sigourney (20-3) in the district finals at Albia on Thursday. Sigourney advanced with an 86-34 win over Twin Cedars (14-9) Tuesday.
“Sigourney has a real nice ball club, and they play in a good league (the South Iowa Cedar League),” said Martsching. “It will be interesting to see what kind of pace the game is played at. I just hope we can hang in there and represent our community well. We’re very happy to still be playing this far into the postseason.”
On Tuesday, three other Eagles finished in double figures, as Kalen Martsching scored 18 points, Kyle Neher added 12 and Trey Stansberry scored 10.
In what was a back-and-forth game throughout, Pleasantville (15-8) opened up a lead over the Eagles in the third quarter, as M-U found itself down by as many as five points.
The Eagles had worked that lead down to one point when Martsching and McCoy drilled back-to-back 3-pointers. A steal and a layup by Martsching a moment later capped an 8-0 M-U run, and the Eagles never trailed after that.
“We struggled in the third and they made shots,” said coach Martsching. “Then we just made some plays when we had to.”
Pleasantville was led in scoring by Trevor Zoss and Dylan Lauer, who had 18 points each, while Josh Luna scored 16.
Quentin Fowler scored nine points for M-U and dished seven assists, grabbed six rebounds, picked up two steals and blocked a shot. Neher also cleared six boards for the Eagles while Martsching had two steals. M-U shot 12-of-27 as a team from 3-point range.
In other area Class 1A games Tuesday, in District 9 — the other half of M-U’s substate bracket — top-ranked Danville (23-0) took an 80-40 win over Van Buren (11-9), while Pekin (15-8) advanced with a 52-42 victory over Keota. Pekin now gets the unenviable task of taking on unbeaten Danville on Thursday at Muscatine in the district finals. The winner of that contest will play the winner between M-U and Sigourney in the Class 1A, Substate 5 finals on Saturday at Oskaloosa for the right to go to the state tournament.
Moulton Udell 74, Pleasantville 69
M-U 19 12 18 25 — 74
Pleas 14 15 21 19 — 69
Moulton-Udell (74) — Grey McCoy 25, Kalen Martsching 18, Kyle Neher 12, Trey Stansberry 10, Quentin Fowler 9. Totals 26 10-15 74.
3-point goals — 12 (McCoy 7, Martsching 3, Stansberry 2). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — 23 (Neher 6, Fowler 6). Assists — 17 (Fowler 7). Steals — 5 (Martsching 2, Fowler 2). Blocks — 1 (Fowler). Total fouls — 7. Turnovers — 5.