The Pilot Grove girls and Jamestown boys junior high basketball teams captured titles over the weekend in the Prairie Home Tournament.
While the Lady Tigers defeated Otterville 40-28, the Jamestown boys prevailed over Russellville by 10, 51-41.
In other games in the tournament, the New Franklin A-boys defeated Prairie Home 38-25 in the third-place game while the New Franklin A-girls finished 10 better than Russellville for third place 33-23. On Friday, the Jamestown girls defeated New Franklin’s B-team 39-8 in the consolation game while the Otterville boys edged Bunceton 32-30 in the fifth place game. Meanwhile, in the boys seventh place game, Pilot Grove beat New Franklin’s B-team 32-18.
The Lady Tigers, 4-0 on the season, opened the first half with a 22-7 lead against Otterville and then outscored the Lady Eagles 10-8 in the third to expand the lead to 32-15. Meanwhile, in the final period, Otterville rallied back with a 13-8 advantage to cut the lead back to 12.
Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel said the win helped cap off a great week for the Lady Tigers.
“The girls have played really good basketball all week long and I’m proud of them for working hard and reaching their goal of winning the Prairie Home Tournament,” Daniel said. “We have had good guard play or good post play throughout the week and today our guards stepped up again against an Otterville team that gave us some trouble at the start of the year. Emily Schupp and Reagan Walker had big games on both sides of the floor forcing turnovers on defense and then turning those turnovers into layups on the other end. Overall, I am very proud of all the girls and we hope to continue this success throughout the year.”
Emily Schupp led the scoring attack in the game for Pilot Grove with 17 points while Reagan Walker chipped in 12, Kaitlen Weekly eight, Cathlynn Hardt with two and Alexis Reuter with one.
For Otterville, Abby Nichols had 18 and Dalanney Stone with six.
As for the Jamestown boys, they led Russellville 28-19 at the half and 46-26 after three quarters of play. Then, in the final period, the Indians held a 15-5 scoring edge.
Garrett Wolfe had 14, Trenton Barbour 11 and Isaac Imhoff 10 for Jamestown.
For Russellville, Beau Bryant tossed in 10 points.
In the third-place games, the New Franklin A-boys led Prairie Home 19-13 at the half and 27-21 after three quarters of play before outscoring the Panthers 15-0 in the final period.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said the boys finished off the game well but struggled to put the game away in the first-three quarters. “Prairie Home hung in the game by hitting open looks that we gave up,” Schlotzhauer said.
Bailey Lyons paced all scorers in the game for New Franklin with 14 points while Aiden Jones chipped in 11, Mason Bailey nine, Kolby Anson six and Lucas Storjohann with two.
For Prairie Home, Creed Flood had 16, Kristen Peterson five and Adam Lohse and Ty Stinson each with two.
In the girls third-place game, New Franklin led Russellville 7-2 after one, 13-10 at the half and 20-17 after three quarters of play before outscoring the Lady Indians 13-6 in the final period for the victory.
Kacie White led three players in double figures for New Franklin with 13 points while Grace Hundley and Madison Matney each had 10 points.
For Russellville, Chyan Wilkes tossed in 11 points.
In the girls consolation game, Jamestown opened the first half against New Franklin’s B-team with a 28-3 lead and then outscored the Lady Bulldogs 11-5 in the second half.
Chiane Harlem and Sierra Cooper each had 10 points in the game for Jamestown.
For New Franklin, Shelby Breshears had four, Shailey Townlain three and Ali Taylor with one.
In the boys consolation game, Bunceton trailed Otterville 15-14 at the half before rallying back with a 10-5 advantage in the third quarter to go up by four at 24-20.  However, in the final period, the Lady Eagles outscored Bunceton 12-6 to win the game by two.
Taylor Zumsteg had 18 points and Spencer Saltsgaver 10 for Otterville.
For Bunceton, Blake Petsel had 11, Brayden Doyle eight, Dylan Flatt five, Rylee Knapheide with four and Andrew Breece with two.
Bunceton coach Mike Arnold said his team played very well. “I was extremely proud of how we battled,” Arnold said.
In the only seventh-place game, Pilot Grove defeated New Franklin’s B-team 32-18.
Pilot Grove led New Franklin 17-6 at the half and then outscored the Bulldogs 15-12 in the final-two periods for the victory.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the boys came out and controlled the game early.
“We got some steals which transferred into easy baskets and gave us momentum early,” Skaggs said. “Some of our guys have had little floor time experience but with every game I am seeing improvement. Our starters were able to gain control early which enabled many different players to see some floor time for us tonight.”
Anderson Twenter led all scorers in the game for Pilot Grove with 16 points while Garrett Streit tossed in seven, Ethan Williams four and Austin Kollmeyer and Kale Day with two points each.
For New Franklin, Tate Burch had seven, Trevor Sanders five, Morgan Volkmann four and Austin Riley with two.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said the boys played well. “We moved the ball and guarded much better than we did in the previous two games,” Schlotzhauer said.