The Pilot Grove girls junior high basketball team raised its season record to 3-0 by beating the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs 44-21 Tuesday night in the annual Prairie Home Junior high Basketball Tournament.
The Lady Tigers, who are also 2-0 in the tournament, outscored New Franklin in all four quarters of play and led 15-5 after one, 22-9 at the half and 29-14 after three before outscoring the Bulldogs 15-7 in the final period.
Pilot Grove coach Linda Scott said the girls moved the ball up and down the court. “I thought we shot the ball better tonight,” Scott.
Leah Vollrath was the leading scorer in the game for Pilot Grove with 12 points. Grace Phillips and Kaitlyn Maggard finished the game with nine points each while Natalie Glenn added seven, Claire Roth five and Marci Lammers with two.
For New Franklin, who dropped to 0-1 on the season, Abygale Maupin tossed in 12 points. Justice Singleton had four, Ruby Simpson and Carly Dorson each with two and Addy Salmon with one.
New Franklin coach Chris McGowan said this was a typical first game.  
In other games in the tournament, the Pilot Grove boys also remained perfect on the season by turning back Prairie Home for the second time in a week by a score of 53-24.
The Tigers, 2-0 on the season, opened the first quarter with a 9-8 lead against Prairie Home and then outscored the Panthers 16-4 in the second and 17-4 in the third to go up 42-16. Meanwhile, in the final period, Pilot Grove held a 11-8 advantage to win the game by 29.
Pilot Grove was led by Isaiah Quick with 20 points. Bo Vinson chipped in 16, Hank Zeller seven and Tate Rentel and Bryer Childress each with five points.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the boys struggled early to find a flow, but were able to get going in the second quarter and break the game open.
For Prairie Home, who dropped to 1-7 on the season, Oliver Lock had 14 points, four steals and three rebounds in the game.
Peyton Pitts finished the game with eight points and three rebounds while Trip Kendrick added two points and Evan Rhorer with two rebounds.
As for the Prairie Home girls, they fell to Jamestown 31-19.
The Lady Panthers, dropping to 5-3 on the season, led Jamestown 15-11 at the half and 19-16 after three quarters of play but was outscored 15-0 in the final period.
For Prairie Home, Madison Brown had 11 points, nine steals and four rebounds in the game.ol
Allison Simmons finished the game with four points, seven rebounds and two steals while Paiton Williams added three points and seven rebounds, Kamden Holliday with one point and one steal and Aubree Hedgepath with one steal.