The Pilot Grove boys and girls junior high basketball teams couldn’t have scripted its season finale any better Thursday night Sweet Springs.
Aside from playing at home, the Lady Tigers and Tigers picked up the sweep by beating Sweet Springs by the scores of 37-7 and 34-27.
The Pilot Grove girls, who closed out the season at 12-3 overall, outscored Sweet Springs in all four quarters and led 6-2 after one, 20-6 at the half and 23-7 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Lady Tigers held a 14-0 advantage to win the game by 30.
Pilot Grove coach Linda Scott said what a great way to end the season by playing three games in a span of 48 hours.
“I thought we were a little tired tonight,” Scott said. “We ran with heavy legs all game but I felt like we stepped it up with pressure on the defensive end and that got us going offensively. This team is amll but they have played with heart with every game. Once again we had six players score. We play a tough schedule so finishing 12-3 for the season is something to be very proud of. The future is very bright for the Pilot Grove Lady Tigers.”
Leah Vollrath had the game-high for Pilot Grove with 14 points. Grace Phillips and Natalie Glenn each chipped in seven while Kaitlyn Maggard added five points and Marci Lammers and Clairie Roth with two points each.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, they had a little tougher time while taking a two point lead (12-10) after one and a 24-19 advantage at the half. Sweet Springs never got any closer in the ballgame as the Tigers extended their lead to 10 (32-22) at the end of the third quarter. Meanwhile, in the fourth, Sweet Springs rallied back with a 5-2 scoring edge to cut the lead back to seven.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said it was their last game and the kids came out and played hard and were able to execute early. “Overall I am proud of the kids this season for what they have learned and the progress they made. It is always a blur with the amount of games we have in the short span of time during the junior high season. Hopefully, they developed a hunger for the game and passion to continue to play.”
Bo Vinson led the scoring attack in the game for Pilot Grove with 10 points.
Isaiah Quick and Hayden Krumm finished the game with eight points each while Dylan Schupp and Tate Rentel added three points each and Luke Kollmeyer with two points.
Sweet Springs was led by Lovercamp with 12 points.