Abby Thompson led four players in double figures with 18 points as the top-seeded Glasgow girls defeated Pilot Grove in the opening round of the Slater Wildcat Classic last night in Slater by a score of 68-35.
The Lady Yellowjackets, 14-3 on the season, opened the first half with a 39-22 lead against Pilot Grove and then outscored the Lady Tigers 29-13 in the second half to garner the victory.
Glasgow coach Molly Monnig said Abby Thompson and Trisha McMillan shot the ball extremely well. “We were able to get the ball inside and kick it out for some good looks at the basket,” Monnig said. “I was proud of our effort on the defensive end as well.”
Trisha McMillan tossed in 17 points for the Lady Yellowjackets, who finished the game shooting 49 percent from the field and 40 percent from the foul line. Nikki Fuemmeler added 12 points and eight rebounds while Erin Reynolds chipped in 11, Carley Brucks four, Peyton Davis three and Lindsey Kopp with two.
For Pilot Grove, who dropped to 4-11 on the season, Kerigan Wessing had 15 points, seven assists, two rebounds and two steals.
Melissa Schlotzhauer finished the game with nine points, nine rebounds, four assists and one blocked shot while McKenzi Schuster added six points and two steals, McKalie Lorenz with two points and three rebounds, Rachel Lenz with two points and Cynthia Brumback with one point and six rebounds.
Despite the loss, head coach Landon Daniel said the girls ran into a better team tonight.
“The opening round of a really good Slater Tournament was not very kind to us facing Glasgow in the first game,” Daniel said. “We came out and played a solid first quarter, playing good defense and hitting some open shots late in the quarter. But it was all Glasgow after that, as they caught fire and really gave us fits on offense. We have to become more mentally tough and need some leadership on this team, but that will come with more and more experience. We need to learn from it and move on and get ready to take on a physical Slater team on Wednesday.”
The Pilot Grove boys basketball team also took it on the chin last night against Fayette by a score of 70-52.
The Tigers, dropping to 14-4 on the season, trailed Fayette 23-18 after one, 44-24 at the half and 60-37 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Pilot Grove outscored the Falcons 15-10 to cut the lead to 18.
Pilot Grove coach Rick Grunden said some games it takes defense to win, some games it takes offense to win, tonight’s game needed both and it just wasn’t there for us.
Page 2 of 2 - “Offensively, we couldn’t get much to fall and what did we had to work very hard to get,” Grunden said. “Defensively, we just couldn’t make stops and when we would force them to shot something on the outside they would hit it without fail. Overall, we went totally flat in the second quarter that created a hill that we just couldn’t climb. Fayette is a very athletic team and I knew this would be a tough game. However, we are better than what we showed tonight. It just wasn’t in the cards for us. Games like this we have to let sting for the moment, then move on. There is more ahead for us.”
Raejuan Williams had the game-high for Fayette with 17 points.
For Pilot Grove, Kendall Kraus had 13, Colton Glenn, Mason Schlotzhauer and Dylan Twenter seven each, Adam Newell and Scott Blank each with six, Regan Meisenheimer four and Brandon Brown with two.
In other games in the tournament last night, the top-seeded Higginsville boys defeated eighth-seeded Slater 72-35 while the No. 4 Santa Fe girls turned back fifth-seeded Slater 49-33.
Tournament action will continue tonight, with the Higginsville girls playing Sacred Heart at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Glasgow boys versus Santa Fe at 6, Marshall girls versus Fayette at 7:30 and Marshall boys versus Sacred Heart at 9.