The Bunceton boys junior high basketball team snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating the Pilot Grove Tigers in CCAA action Friday night at Bunceton by a score of 29-14.
The Dragons, 1-7 overall and 1-6 in the CCAA, led Pilot Grove 12-9 at the half and then outscored the Tigers 18-5 in the second half for the victory.
Bunceton coach Yancy Cody said the kids worked hard in practice and finally broke their losing streak. “The kids played hard and aggressive basketball for 24 minutes,” Cody said. “I’m extremely proud of them.”
Bryan Terrell had the game-high for Pilot Grove with 15 points along with six rebounds, four steals and one assist. David Knipp finished the game with six points and four rebounds while Rylee Knapheide added six points, two assists and one steal, Riley Layne with two points and four rebounds, Eli Pearcy with eight rebounds and one assist and Andrew Breece with one rebound and one assist.
For Pilot Grove, who dropped to 1-11 overall, Cole Mize had eight while Preston Shepherd, Austin Kollmeyer and Lane Mize added two points each.
Pilot Grove coach D.J. Leverton said this was just not their night. “We were extremely cold from the field even though we had open shots throughout the game,” Leverton said. “Our defense was pretty good most of the night and our rebounding was pretty solid as well. The loss came down to who made the shots and we didn’t.”
As for the Pilot Grove girls, they defeated Pilot Grove by a score of 29-21.
The Lady Tigers, 8-5 on the season, trailed Bunceton 8-7 after first period’s end before rallying back with a 22-13 scoring edge for the rest of the game for the victory.
Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel said it was a hard-fought game between both teams. “We struggled offensively all night and made a lot of mental mistakes but we pulled out a win thanks to great rebounding and a big night from Madison Kempf down low,” Daniel said. “We have one more game this year against Malta Bend, so we will get things turned around and hopefully end the year playing at our full potential.”
Madison Kempf led all scorers in the game for Pilot Grove with 11 points. Kirstie Schupp chipped in six while Sasha Moore added four, Reagan Walker and Cathlynn Hardt three each and Isabella Roth with two.
For Bunceton, who dropped to 1-7 on the season, Rachel Lenz had seven, Aubrey Scott and Emily Clevenger each with four and Lauren Wieland and Skyler Shuffield with three each.
Bunceton coach Mike Arnold said his team played hard. “We still are turn the ball over too much,” Arnold said. “We also want to finish games.”