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Boonville Daily News - Boonville, MO
  • Tigers prevail over Slater, 52-39

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  • Even though they were playing on opposite sides of the bracket, the Pilot Grove boys and Glasgow girls were victorious Wednesday night in the Wildcat Classic in Slater.
    The Tigers, the No. 4 seed in the tournament, beat eighth-seeded Slater by a score of 52-39 while the top-seeded Glasgow girls turned back fourth-seeded Santa Fe by a score of 50-44.
    As for the Pilot Grove Lady Tigers basketball team, they lost in the consolation semifinals last night against Slater 53-47.
    Tournament action will continue tonight, with the Higginsville girls playing Fayette at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Santa Fe boys versus Marshall at 6, Sacred Heart girls versus Marshall at 7:30 and Glasgow boys versus Sacred Heart at 9.
    The Tigers, improving to 14-4 on the season, opened the first half with a 23-16 lead against Slater and then outscored the Wildcats 29-23 in the second half for the victory.
    Pilot Grove coach Rick Grunden said it is always a given that when the Tigers play Slater they will have their hands full. “I don’t care if they are the No. 1 seed or the 8 seed in their tournament, they will always be athletic and they will always play well on their home floor,” Grunden said.
    Freshman Mason Schlotzhauer led four players in double figures for Pilot Grove with 14 points while Colton Glenn, Jake Leverton and Kendall Kraus chipped in 10 and Dylan Twenter with eight.
    For Slater, Matt Curren had 13 points.
    As for the Glasgow girls, they actually trailed Santa Fe 14-12 after first period’s end before rallying back with a 17-15 advantage in the second quarter to tie the game at 29-all. Meanwhile, in the second half, the Lady Yellowjackets outscored Santa Fe 21-15 for the victory.
    Glasgow coach Molly Monnig said Santa Fe was a very physical and athletic team. “Our seniors really played well for us tonight,” Monnig said.
    Nikki Fuemmeler had 14 points and three three rebounds for Glasgow, 15-3 on the season. Trisha McMillan chipped in 13, Peyton Davis nine, Erin Reynolds seven and Abby Thompson with five points and nine rebounds.
    As for the Pilot Grove girls, they trailed Slater 27-23 at the half but rallied back with a 9-8 advantage in the third quarter to cut the lead to three at 35-32. However, in the final period, the Lady Wildcats outscored Pilot Grove 18-15 to win the game by six.
    Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel said the girls are improving but have to stop hurting themselves with turnovers. “We had a tough matchup with a much bigger and physical Slater team and did pretty well at shutting down their post players for three quarters, but unfortunately there are four quarters and we got tired from battling all game long with them and gave up eight points to their big girls in the final quarter along with two threes to their best shooter,” Daniel said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Kerigan Wessing had 21 points and a team-leading seven steals in the game for Pilot Grove, who dropped to 4-12 on the season. 
    Melissa Schlotzhauer finished the game with a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds along with four assists. McKalie Lorenz had three points, seven rebounds, two steals, one assist and one blocked shot while McKenzi Schuster added three points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal, Cynthia Brumback with two points, two rebounds and one steal and Katelyn Renfro with three rebounds and one steal.
    Mary Ann Boston had the high game for Slater with 16.

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