Judging by the first quarter last night on the road against the Malta Bend Tigers, the Pilot Grove boys basketball team had one of those games where they could play pretty much everybody and still win by double figures.
While outscoring the Tigers 34-0 in the first quarter, Pilot Grove pretty much put it on cruise after that while holding a 53-38 advantage en route to a convincing 87-40 victory.
As for the Pilot Grove girls junior varsity basketball, they also had a great start against Malta Bend’s varsity while leading 17-1 after first period’s end for a 54-32 win.
Pilot Grove coach Rick Grunden said every kid who played scored.
“Senior Brandon Brown led us with 20 and played a nice game around the glass,” Grunden said. “Senior Dylan Twenter scored his first career three and managed to lay down two nice dunks. Junior Scottie Blank worked hard and had several solid rebounds, and Freshmen Ben Glenn took several nice shots and worked hard defensively.
“Sophomore Alex Twenter made several good hustle plays and worked hard defensively. It’s tough to go and play at Malta Bend for various reasons. However, it was a nice opportunity for several of our kids to see the floor. We will take advantage of a few days off before we take on Westran on Tuesday.”
While scoring a season high in points, the Tigers also scored pretty much at will against Malta Bend while leading at the break by a score of 56-8. Meanwhile, in the second half, Pilot Grove came out and outscored the Tigers 19-18 to extend the lead to 49 at 75-26. Then, with a running clock in the final period, Pilot Grove matched Malta Bend with 12 points.
Brandon Brown led five players in double figures for Pilot Grove, 11-3 on the season, with 20 points. Dylan Twenter tossed in 19, Scott Blank 12, Ben Glenn 11, Colton Glenn 10, Regan Meisenheimer seven, Alex Twenter six and Jake Leverton with two.
For Malta Bend, Danny Kiehl had 18 points.
As for the Pilot Grove girls junior varsity basketball team, they also had a great start against Malta Bend’s varsity while leading 17-1 after one, 33-6 at the half and 43-23 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Pilot Grove outscored the Lady Tigers 11-9 to win the game by 22.
Pilot Grove coach Landon Brown said the JV team continues to get better with more and more experience.
“Our JV girls are all freshmen and playing JV games gives them a chance to work on skills that they may not get to work on in Varsity games and allows them to mesh together as a group,” Daniel said. “We came out in the first half and played really well and aggressive and led by 30 going into halftime. We lagged a little bit in the third quarter but changed defenses up and really worked on getting every board and that helped us pick up the intensity in the fourth. All the girls were given the opportunity to score and they all did so that was great, but Rileigh Grunden, MaKenzie Twenter, and Kayla Poulsen really stepped up and did well both offensively and defensively which was really great for these girls.”
Page 2 of 2 - Rileigh Grunden had the team-high for Pilot Grove’s JV, 1-6 on the season, with 12 points. MaKenzie Twenter added 10, Cynthia Brumback and Kayla Poulsen each with nine, Katelyn Renfro six, Allison Weekly four and Rachel Lorenz and Alexis Taylor each with two.
Malta Bend was led by Danielle Kiser with 14.