The Pilot Grove boys and girls basketball teams made quick work of Higbee Tigers in CCAA action Friday night at Higbee.
While the Lady Tigers defeated Higbee 59-40 in the opener, the Pilot Grove boys basketball team also led the Tigers from start to finish for a convincing 76-31 victory.
The Lady Tigers, improving to 7-13 overall and 2-0 in the conference, opened the first half with a 25-19 lead and then outscored Higbee 34-21 in the final-two periods.
Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel said this game was ugly but a win is a win.
“Higbee is a tough place to play in and always seems tough for us to play a consistently well game there, but we pushed through and came out with our second conference game in the week,” Daniel said. “We had an awful night shooting and still scored almost 60 points which is a testament to our girls sticking with our system and playing hard. Our three sophomores Kerigan Wessing, Melissa Schlotzhauer and McKalie Lorenz stepped up big, all scoring in double digits. We have what will be a long week this week with a game at Otterville on Tuesday and Homecoming and all its festivities on Friday against an improving Prairie Home team.”
Kerigan Wessing finished the game with a double-double for Pilot Grove with 22 points and 11 rebounds along with seven assists, seven steals and two blocked shots.
Melissa Schlotzhauer had 19 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals while McKalie Lorenz added 10 points, seven rebounds and two steals, McKenzi Schuster with six points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals, Cynthia Brumback with one point, eight rebounds and four steals, Katelyn Renfro with one point and one rebound and Allison Weekly with with one rebound and one steal.
For Higbee, Ali Foster tossed in 16 points.
The Pilot Grove boys, meanwhile, led Higbee 43-10 at the half and 67-22 after three quarters of play before matching the Tigers with nine points in the final period.
Pilot Grove coach Rick Grunden said after a slow start and being down 6-5 the boys decided to play some defense. “We did some better things offensively in the second half,” stated Grunden. “Now it is on to a CCAA showdown at Otterville on Tuesday.”
Dylan Twenter had the game-high for Pilot Grove, 16-6 overall and 2-0 in the conference, with 19 points. Colton Glenn and Mason Schlotzhauer each had 13 points while Jake Leverton added nine, Kendall Kraus six, Brandon Brown, Ben Glenn and Regan Meisenheimer each with three and Scott Blank, Adam Newell and Alex Twenter with two points each.
For Higbee, Devin Cook had 10.
In junior varsity action on Saturday, the Pilot Grove boys and girls fell to Sedalia Smith-Cotton by the scores of 57-41 and 39-28, respectively.
The Lady Tigers, who dropped to 1-5 on the season, trailed Smith-Cotton 19-14 at the half and 32-22 after three quarters of play.
Coach Daniel said this group of freshmen girls continue to get better and better as the season go on but they are just not quite there yet.
“We need to get better at ballhandling and just being stronger with the basketball in general,” Daniel said. “Allison Weekly had a nice game scoring 11 points and MaKenzie Twenter also had a nice game inside rebounding and creating a presence in the post.”
Allison Weekly had 11 points to lead all scorers for Pilot Grove. Cynthia Brumback chipped in four, Rachel Lorenz, Kayla Poulsen and Alexis Taylor three each and Rileigh Grunden and MaKenzie Twenter with two points each.
For Smith-Cotton, Maddie Harding had 12.
For the Pilot Grove boys junior varsity basketball team, they trailed Smith-Cotton 27-16 at the half and 36-33 after three quarters of play.
Scott Blank had the team-high for Pilot Grove with 11 points while Regan Meisenheimer and Brandon Brown added nine points each.
For Smith-Cotton, Brad Johnson finished the game with 14 points.