The Pilot Grove boys and girls junior high basketball teams had a tough night on the road against the Russellville Indians.
While the Lady Tigers fell to Russellville 28-14, the Pilot Grove boys had a little closer game before bowing out by a score of 36-33.
The Lady Tigers, dropping to 2-4 on the season, outscored Russellville in only one quarter by holding a 7-6 advantage in the third. Unfortunately for Pilot Grove it wasn’t enough as Russellville led 2-0 after one, 12-7 at the half and 18-14 after three quarters of play. The Lady Indians also held Pilot Grove scoreless in the fourth 10-0.
Pilot Grove coach Linda Scott said defense was the name of the game as the Lady Tigers struggled shooting the ball. “We didn’t run tonight and that hurt us,” Scott said. “We have some players out or slow with injuries but I thought the effort was outstanding. Our shooting much improve in order for us to take the steps forward that we need to be successful in tough games.”
Kraylin Laid had 10 points and Elizabeth Mehmert eight to lead Russellville.
For Pilot Grove, Leah Vollrath tossed in six points. Grace Phillips chipped in four while Marci Lammers and Kaitlyn Maggard each had two.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, they also trailed at the break against Russellville 20-16 before rallying back with a 13-6 advantage in the third to go up 29-26. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they had no answer for Russellville in the fourth as the Indians held a 10-4 advantage.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said this was their first game with the freshmen involved. “We worked several different lineups in the game,” Skaggs said. “It was a very close game throughout the four quarters. We had two opportunities under 10 seconds to hit a three for the tie. Hayden Krumm’s last shot went down and out at the end. We look forward to the next week when we start the CAC Tournament.”
Bryce Bryant had 11 points and Jake Schulte 10 to pace Russellville. Charlie Miller added eight and Bryce Mehrhoff with five.
For Pilot Grove, Isaiah Quick finished the game with 10 points. Dalton Reuter had six, Bo Vinson and Luke Kollmeyer five each, Hayden Krumm four and Dylan Schupp with three.