Regan Walker scored a game-high 12 points, leading the Pilot Grove girls junior high basketball team past Sweet Springs 33-16 Tuesday night in Pilot Grove.
The Lady Tigers, 7-0 on the season, opened the first half with a 10-2 lead against Sweet Springs and then outscored the Lady Greyhounds 23-14 in the final-two periods for the victory.
Pilot Grove girls coach Landon Daniel said it was bit of a slow start but a great finish for the girls.
“We didn’t know a whole lot about Sweet Springs so the girls just focused on what they had to do tonight and they did a good job,” Daniel said. “I was really proud of the way the girls stepped up at the end of the game and played well with each other as a team. This was a physical game and that was good for our post players to experience and forced our guards to do more than they usually do in the half court set and both groups did a good job. As long as we keep improving and continue to build our experience as a unit we hope to continue the success we have had.”
Emily Schupp finished the game with nine points for Pilot Grove while Melanie Wolfe added five, Aryn Lorenz, Kaitlen Weekly and Madison Kempf each with two and Kylee Sprick with one.
Sweet Springs was led by Kylee Winfrey with 10.
Sweet Springs (B) 40
Pilot Grove 23
For two quarters Tuesday night in Pilot Grove, the Pilot Grove boys junior high basketball team led Sweet Springs by three points at 15-12.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, they forgot to come out in the second half as Sweet Springs held a 28-8 advantage for a 40-23 victory.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the boys were able to execute in the game offensively and defensively and went into the half with a three-point advantage.
“We stayed consistent through three quarters and in the fourth quarter we just showed some wear from playing back-to-back nights. I feel like we could have done a better job controlling the ball in the fourth quarter and rebounding and it could have been any ones game. Credit to their big man, he really elevated his game in the fourth quarter by scoring eight of his 16 points.”
Drew Weber had 16 points and Zack Giffen 11 for Sweet Springs.
For Pilot Grove, who dropped to 2-6 on the season, Austin Kollmeyer had 10, Anderson Twenter seven and Ethan Williams, Gavin Shepherd and Garrett Streit each with two.