The Pleasantville girls’ varsity basketball team had been searching for victory number five for well over a month.

Number five was finally accomplished as the Trojans knocked off the Chariton Chargers on the road Jan. 28, 58-53.

Prior to the win over the Chargers the Trojans had dropped nine games in a row and the previous victory was Dec. 3 over the Melcher-Dallas Saints.

It was time for Coach Jeff Cook and the Trojans to celebrate as they won, but it took two overtimes to pull it off.

Regulation play ended with the two teams tied at 41 all. Overtime number one finished with a 46-46 deadlock.

Malorie McKinney led the Pleasantville Trojan charge with 24 points followed by Rachel Harvey with 15.

Next came Bre Benge with nine, Adi Adreon six, Faith Vander Hart three and Josie Hutchings with one.

McKinney finished with a double-double as she led the team with 11 rebounds followed by Vander Hart with six.

Harvey was the chief thief with seven steals. Benge and Vander Hart topped the assist charts with four apiece and Adreon blocked two shots.

The loss put the Chargers at 5-9 overall. Chariton was led in scoring by Emma Rector with 27 points.

Rector’s game also included nine steals and eight assists.

Odds and Ends

  • The Trojans will hold their annual SnoBall winter coronation Tuesday, Feb. 11 when the Trojans face the Van Meter Bulldogs.

Friday, Feb. 7, the Trojans will be on the road to face the Ogden Bulldogs in a girl-boy league doubleheader staring at 6:30 p.m.

Perry Bell can be reached at or by calling the newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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