Trailing by 12 with two minutes in the first half wasn’t exactly what the Pilot Grove Tigers basketball team had in mind Friday night on the road against Father Tolton.
Of course after cutting the lead to four (23-19) at the break, the Tigers took matters into their own hands by outscoring Father Tolton 29-21 in the final-two periods for a 48-47 victory.
Pilot Grove coach Rick Grunden said he knew his team would have a tough game on their hands against Father Tolton.
“Father Tolton is a young, but dangerous team,” Grunden said. “They shot the ball well tonight and we had way too many turnovers. That combination didn’t start us off on the right foot. The gym was nearly full and the fans were out in full force. This was yet another game where we had many obstacles thrown in front of us, including being down by 12 with 2:00 left to play in the first half. However, we made some adjustments and were able to keep ourselves in the game.
“We came out in the second half with a lot more intensity and focus. We were able to force their hand on offense and we started moving the ball better. The last few minutes, and even seconds, were a battle. I was impressed with the will to win that our team showed. They never threw in the towel and they keep working hard to swing the momentum back in our direction. This was another game that we will use to build upon and prepare us as the season continues.”
Colton Glenn led three players in double figures for Pilot Grove, 2-0 on the season, with 12 points. Mason Schlotzhauer and Kendall Kraus added 10 points each while Jake Leverton chipped in eight, Dylan Twenter six and Adam Newell with two.
For Father Tolton, Ryan Campbell had 13 and Josh Boyer 12.
As for the Pilot Grove girls basketball team, they fell to Father Tolton in another close game 46-43.
The Lady Tigers, dropped to 1-1 on the season, led Father Tolton 22-20 at the half but was outscored 26-21 in the second half to suffer the loss.
Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel said this one hurts because the girls had a shot at winning a really big game against a big, brand new school in front of a big crowd and couldn’t finish it out.
“Turnovers and bad passing really hurt us and they took advantage of it being a really, really physical game by attacking the basket and dropping the ball inside on us,” Daniel said. “We need to learn from this game and use it to motivate us during the rest of the season.”
River Remus had 19 points and Lacy Stephan 12 for Father Tolton.
For Pilot Grove, Kerigan Wessing had 18 points, six steals, four assists, three rebounds and two blocked shots.
Melissa Schlotzhauer finished the game with 11 points, four rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots while McKenzi Schuster added six points, nine rebounds and five assists, McKalie Lorenz with six points, eight rebounds and one blocked shot, Cynthia Brumback with two points, six rebounds and two steals, Rachel Lorenz with four steals and Katelyn Renfro with four rebounds.
Pilot Grove JV (B) 38
Father Tolton 31
Brandon Brown scored a game-high 16 points, leading the Pilot Grove boys junior varsity basketball team past Father Tolton Saturday in Pilot Grove.
The Tigers, 1-0 on the season, led Father Tolton 23-11 at the half and 30-23 after three quarters of play.
“We had a quick turnaround as we had a demanding road game the night before, then we were right back at it to play a JV game on Saturday,” Grunden said. “All in all we did lots of good things today and made adjustments throughout that allowed us to be successful. We will keep working on our defensive pressure and making good choices with the basketball. This was a good win for our JV players.”
Ben Glenn had six points, Scott Blank five, Alex Twenter and Regan Meisenheimer four each and Adam Newell three for Pilot Grove.
Father Tolton JV (G) 38
Pilot Grove 24
Father Tolton’s JV girls basketball team outscored Pilot Grove 19-8 in the first-two periods and never looked back, beating the Lady Tigers in junior varsity action Saturday in Pilot Grove.
Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel said the first JV game of the year went a lot better than what the final score ended up showing.
“Our focus in JV is to get better as the game and season goes on and the girls did that in this game,” Daniel said. “We are a young team and need these JV games to help us improve on our basketball skills. Allison Weekly had a really nice game shooting the ball and Rileigh Grunden came off of the bench to do a nice job grabbing rebounds and hitting shots off of inbounds plays designed for her to score.”
Allison Weekly had the team-high for Pilot Grove with 12 points. Rileigh Grunden chipped in four while Cynthia Brumback added three, Rachel Lorenz and Makenzie Twenter two each and Kayla Poulsen with one.