The Otterville boys junior high basketball team outscored Pilot Grove 16-0 in the first quarter and never looked back, beating the Tigers 47-21 in the season opener for both teams Tuesday night at Pilot Grove.
The Eagles, 1-0 overall and in the conference, led Pilot Grove 26-8 at the half and then outscored the Tigers 21-13 in the second half for the victory.
Pilot Grove coach D.J. Leverton said it took a while for the nerves to settle down. “We are pretty inexperienced overall but have some talent,” Leverton said. “We improved our defense throughout the game and took some open shots we hadn’t taken in the first quarter. This is a team that will get better every game and I believe could be vastly improved before the season is over.”
Franklin Oswald had the high game for Otterville with 22 points while Jake Neal chipped in 16.
For Pilot Grove, Cole Mize had 10, Brandon Kamphefner five, Austin Kollmeyer four and Lane Mize two.
Otterville (G) 20
Pilot Grove 15
Trudy Capps scored a game-high 10 points, leading the Otterville girls junior high basketball team past Pilot Grove in the season opener for both teams Tuesday night in Pilot Grove.
The Lady Tigers led Otterville 8-2 after first period’s end but was outscored 18-7 the rest of the way to suffer the loss.
Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel said it was the first game of the season and it showed. “We came out really hot, scoring off of the tip and creating a turnover to go 4-0 and lead 8-2 after the first. It pretty much went downhill after that. We missed a lot of lay-ups and when our point guard got into foul trouble, we struggled. Hats off to Otterville for coming out with a full court press the entire game which was something we were not ready for. We have a lot of work to do and it starts from top down but we will definitely work hard to make sure that we are ready for next week and the Prairie Home Tournament.”
Reagan Walker paced all scorers in the game for Pilot Grove with five points. Cathlynn Hardt chipped in four while Kirstie Schupp, Sasha Moore and Madison Kempf added two points each.