Pilot Grove boys lose 88-75

The Pilot Grove Lady Tigers basketball team got back to its winning ways Tuesday night on the road by beating the Smithton Lady Tigers 58-38.
After dropping their season opener last Friday against Madison, the Lady Tigers left little doubt against Smithton while leading from the first quarter on. Pilot Grove outscored Smithton in three out of the four quarters of play and led 32-14 at the half and 40-28 after three quarters of play. The Lady Tigers also held a 18-10 advantage in the fourth.
Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel said much better effort and outcome than their first game last week.
“All the girls wanted to really show that we are a better team than what we showed last week,” Daniel said. “We came out of the gates strong in the first half by using our defense to help us score on offense. The girls did a much better job of rotating in our half court trap and zone which allowed us to get more deflections and turn those into transition. Our half court offense also looked much better and that came with better passing. We will continue to get better as the season goes on if the girls keep working like this in practice and using each other in games to have the right mentality.”
Emily Schupp had a game-high 31 points to lead all scorers for Pilot Grove, who evened its record to 1-1. Kaitlen Weekley chipped in 10 while Reagan Walker added eight, Abby Schupp four, Aryn Lorenz three and Chloe Schlotzhauer with two.
Smithton was led by Audrey Williams with 23.
Smithton (B) 88
Pilot Grove 75
The Pilot Grove boys basketball team had one bad quarter and that proved to be the difference Tuesday night on the road against Smithton.
Although Smithton outscored Pilot Grove in three out of the four quarters of play, the Tigers only trailed 24-22 after one. However, in the second quarter, Smithton pushed the lead to 10 at 49-39 by holding a 25-17 advantage. In the second half, Smithton outscored Pilot Grove 39-36.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the boys played better than their first night out, but it is no place that they are comfortable with.
“We want to play up tempo,” Skaggs said. “However, we are not getting defensive stops in the process. I knew we would have some setbacks losing our power forward, Cole Mize, in week 2 and I think tonight really showed that. We are asking guys to step up in the paint defensively in bigger roles than before and it will take some adjustments. Everyone knows they have to do a better job defensively. We will continue to build every night out.”
Will Tripp had 22 points and Trevor Townlain 16 for Smithton.
For Pilot Grove, 0-2 on the season, Cole Meisenheimer finished the game with 22 points. Gavin Shepherd chipped in 14, Lucas Fahrendorf 12, Bailey Quint and Ethan Williams nine each, Anderson Twenter five, Dorsan Hern three and Donnavan Gerke one.