After falling to the Sweet Springs Greyhounds Friday in the W-K Holiday Shootout at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, the Pilot Grove boys basketball team rebounded with an impressive win over the Otterville Eagles 54-33 Monday night in CCAA action at Pilot Grove.
As for the Lady Tigers, they fell to Otterville 59-48.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, they actually trailed Otterville 13-9 after first period’s end before rallying back with a 45-20 advantage for the rest of the game for the victory.
Pilot Grove coach Rick Grunden said the Otterville Eagles are always a complex opponent.  
“It doesn’t ever matter how good we are or how good they are; you can bet it will be an aggressive game.  We did a better job of shooting tonight and our press was more effective out front,” Grunden said. “Senior Kendall Kraus stepped up and really played well for us.  He not only found his way to the basket to score, he rebounded and played well defensively.  Despite coming off of an illness, junior Colton Glenn showed great leadership on and off the floor and worked hard all night long.  We didn’t execute everything as well as I had hoped offensively.  However, I cannot fault the effort and the sheer will to win that these young men exhibited.  We will have a quick turnaround as we will take a trip north to battle Slater on Wednesday night.”
Kendall Kraus had the high game for Pilot Grove, 7-1 on the season, with 14 points. Colton Glenn tallied 11, Mason Schlotzhauer nine, Jake Leverton eight, Dylan Twenter seven, Regan Meisenheimer three and Brandon Brown two.
Otterville was led by Ryan Benny with 13.
As for the Lady Tigers, they led Otterville 25-22 at the half but were outscored 37-23 in the second half to suffer the loss.
Pilot Grove girls coach Landon Daniel said this game was a lot closer than what the score indicates.
“We have greatly improved our play since last week and have nothing to hang our heads about for this game,” Daniel said. “We had Otterville down at halftime and we’re playing good aggressive basketball. In the second half we couldn’t hit shots and they pounded it inside on us by being more physical than us. A loss yes, but we played much better ball and that’s what we need to focus on with two more games this week before break. Kerigan Wessing had a triple double in points, assists, and rebounds and all of this came on a cold night of shooting for her. Melissa Schlotzhauer also had a double double with pints and rebounds and McKalie Lorenz and McKenzi Schuster scored in double figures for us, so it was a total team effort and like I said nothing to be ashamed of. Very proud of the girls tonight.”
Hannah Stone had 28 points and Stephanie Oswald 14 for Otterville.
Kerigan Wessing had a triple double in the game for Pilot Grove, 3-5 on the season, with 12 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and two steals.
McKalie Lorenz had 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots while Melissa Schlotzhauer added 11 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and three assists, McKenzi Schuster with 11 points, five rebounds and two steals, Katelyn Renfro with two points and two rebounds and Cynthia Brumback with five rebounds and one assist.