Prairie Home girls and Bunceton boys fall
The Bunceton girls and Pilot Grove boys were big winners Tuesday night in the annual Pilot Grove Tiger Classic.
While the Lady Dragons defeated Stover 54-41, the Pilot Grove boys were just as impressive while leading Otterville from start to finish for a 69-45 victory.
The Lady Dragons, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, finished the game with nine players in the scoring column against Stover and led at the end of each quarter while taking a 23-21 lead into the half. Bunceton also opened up the lead to seven in the third by outscoring the Lady Eagles 20-5 to make it 43-26. Meanwhile, in the fourth quarter, Stover rallied back with a 15-11 advantage.
Bunceton coach Brian Emde said Chloe Moser had a good game with a double-double. “I thought we had balanced scoring with two in double figures and two more with eight apiece,” Emde said. “We came out at halftime and made some good shots early and played more aggressive defense in the second half.”
Chloe Moser’s double-double consisted of 14 points and 10 rebounds. She also had two steals in the game.
Lauren Wieland finished the game with 12 points, three rebounds and one assist while Taylor Burnett added eight points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals, Skyler Shuffield eight points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal, Emily Clevenger six points, three assists and two rebounds, Kylie Heilman two points, four rebounds and one steal, Maddie Brandes two points and three rebounds, Madelynn Myers one point, three rebounds and one steal and Taylyn Heilman with one point and three rebounds.
The Lady Dragons also hit 22 of 56 shots from the field and 7 of 12 from the foul line.
For Stover, Jenna Bells had 16 and Emily Bauer 10.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, they opened the first quarter with a 19-15 lead against Otterville and then outscored the Eagles 25-7 in the second to go up 44-22. In the second half, the Tigers outscored Otterville 25-23.
“We wanted to come out and force tempo0 and we executed,” said Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs. “We scored a season high first half of 44 points by pushing the ball and forcing turnovers. Obviously, our game plan will change against Prairie Home, but playing at a fast pace is what we like to do. We expect it to be a great matchup and know we will have to contain Creed Flood.”
Freshman Bailey Quint finished the game for Pilot Grove with a season-high 25 points.
Gavin Shepherd and Anderson Twenter each knocked down 10 points while Cole Meisenheimer added eight, Dorsan Hern six, Lucas Fahrendorf four and Donnavan Gerke, Laben Twenter and Derek Powell each with two.
For Otterville, Spencer Saltsgaver had 19 points.
In other games on Tuesday, the Otterville girls avenged a loss just three days earlier by beating Prairie Home 52-41 while the Tuscumbia boys upended Bunceton 69-34.
The Lady Panthers, dropping to 2-2 on the season, opened the first half with a six point lead against Otterville at 26-20. Prairie Home also led by as much as nine in the third quarter before a rally by the Lady Eagles to cut the lead to one at 36-35. Meanwhile, after battling back and forth in the final period, Otterville surged ahead late by hitting their free throws to hold a 17-5 advantage for the win.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said turnovers and free throws were the difference in the game. “We had 22 turnovers and went 8 of 20 from the foul line,” Armontrout said. “We were out of control and in a hurry. We were up by 10 at one point and just kept forcing it. It wasn’t our best game.”
Dalanney Stone and Abby Nichols each had 22 points in the game for Otterville.
For Prairie Home, Kourtney Kendrick tallied 16 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Maggie Wood finished the game with 10 points, four rebounds and one assist while Jerzee Cantrell added seven points, two rebounds and two assists, Kelsey Watson six points, two rebounds and one assist and Ashlyn Twenter two points and one rebound.
As for the Bunceton boys, they had a good first quarter while trailing Tuscumbia by just two at 11-9. However it was pretty much all Tuscumbia after that as the Lions outscored Bunceton 58-25 for the rest of the game.
Bunceton coach Cass Keene said the boys were able to stay in the game early by controlling the pace and defensive rebounding. “As the pace got away from our favor, the game got out of reach,” Keene said. “We didn’t make shots like we are able to, and our turnovers were high for a low possession game. I thought we did better on the glass than we have in the past two games.”
Sam Huth had 15 points and Peyton Hall 14 for Tuscumbia.
For Bunceton, who dropped to 0-5, Dillon Alpers tossed in 11 points while grabbing four rebounds and one steal. Hunter Shuffield finished the game with five points, three rebounds, one steal and one assist while Brayden Doyle added five points and four rebounds, Lane Maddox five points and two rebounds, Rylee Knapheide four points, eight rebounds and two steals, Jason Burnett two points, one rebound and one steal, Braxton Kempf two points, five rebounds and one steal, Landon Petree three rebounds and one steal, Austin Anderson one rebound and Hunter Griffin with one steal.