The Pilot Grove boys and girls basketball teams dropped two games on the road Friday night against the Sturgeon Bulldogs by the scores of 69-47 and 57-42, respectively.
The Lady Tigers, dropping to 10-10 overall and 2-6 in the CAC, trailed Sturgeon 28-17 at the half and 41-26 after three quarters of play. However, in the final period, Pilot Grove matched the Lady Bulldogs with 16 points.
Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel said this was a frustrating loss.
“We didn’t come out ready to play and Sturgeon did,” Daniel said. “They outhustled and played us in pretty much every aspect of the game. We once again killed ourselves with turnovers and sloppy play on offense and just let them have too many easy baskets on defense. We played better in the second half but were in just too big of a hole to get ourselves out of. When we turned up the defensive pressure it led to points on offense. Reagan Walker hit five threes tonight to get herself out of a little slump and we hope just build on the other positives and play a good game against New Franklin on Monday night.”
Lauren Mills led three players in double figures for Sturgeon with 16 points. Camyren Orf added 15 and Elizabeth Ellington with 12.
For Pilot Grove, Reagan Walker had 18 points, five steals, three rebounds and two assists.
Emily Schupp finished the game with 13 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and one assist while Celine Dodson chipped in seven points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal, Chloe Schlotzhauer two points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal, Marissa Day two points and one rebound, Grace Goehman with one assist and Karsyn Kraus with one rebound.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, they trailed 14-6 after first period’s end before rallying back with a 18-15 advantage in the second quarter to cut the lead to five at 29-24. However it was pretty much all Sturgeon after that with a 40-23 scoring edge in the second half.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the boys came out and competed hard for the first half but got in a slump in the third and Sturgeon really took off. “They got to feeling it from outside and hit five of their threes in the third quarter alone,” Skaggs said. “I am proud of our kids though, they come out and compete hard every night and while we are struggling with our conference schedule we will be battled tested come time to district play. We feel like we can be a sleeper in our district.”
Brandon Hatfield had the game-high for Sturgeon with 26 points.
For Pilot Grove, who dropped to 5-16 overall and 0-8 in the CAC, Brady Rentel and Cole Meisenheimer each had 12 while Cole Mize chipped in seven, Lucas Fahrendorf and Gavin Shepherd five each, Parker Schuster four and Steven Bell with two.