Pilot Grove girls win 54-24 over Stover

The Prairie Home boys upended Otterville for the second time in three days Monday night in the opening round of the Pilot Grove Tiger Classic by a score of 68-45.
While beating the Eagles last Friday 81-51, the Panthers appeared to have a little tougher time-at least for the first quarter-while leading 13-11. However it was pretty much all Prairie Home after that with a 55-34 advantage for the victory.
“Slow start,” said Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout. “We played them on the Friday, so I knew it wasn’t going to be a 30 point game again. They did some different things, changed things up and threw us off balance. It was a sloppy game both offensively and defensively.”
Sloppy maybe in that Prairie Home gave up double digit scoring in three out of the four quarters. But on the offensive end, the Panthers still had four players in double figures with senior Creed Flood tossing in 25 points and grabbing 15 rebounds and two steals while dishing ou three assists.
Flood had 41 points last Friday against the Eagles.
Alex Rhode finished the game with 11 points, eight rebounds, one steal and one assist while Clayton Pethan added 10 points, nine rebounds, three assists and one steal, Luke Stewart 10 points and three rebounds, Kassen Lock eight points, six steals, three assists and one rebound, Ty Stidham four points and Sage Eichenburch with one rebound.
For Otterville, Ben Morrison had 12 points.
In other games in the tournament, the Pilot Grove girls won by 30 against Stover 54-24.
The Lady Tigers, improving to 2-2 on the season, led Stover from start to finish and took a 24-18 advantage into the break. Pilot Grove also outscored Stover 30-6 in the second half.
Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel said game of two halves for sure.
“We have been plagued with the sickness bug since leaving Sturgeon and it showed in the first half,” Daniel said. “We were not taking care of the ball on offense or playing aggressive on the defensive side of the ball. Credit goes to the girls though in that they adjusted after halftime and really stepped it up on both ends of the floor. Our passing and shot selection were just totally different in the second half and that paired with defense that rotated and communicated equaled a strong win for us tonight.”
Junior Emily Schupp finished the game with a double-double for Pilot Grove with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Chloe Schlotzhauer had nine points and eight rebounds while Aryn Lorenz also chipped in nine points, Kaitlen Weekley seven points, Reagan McFatrich four points, Abby Schupp three points and one rebound and Reagan Walker with two points and one rebound.
The Lady Tigers also finished the game shooting 50 percent from the field but were just 33 percent from the three-point arc and 40 percent from the foul line.
For Stover, Jenna Bellis had nine points and Abby Dittmer seven.
In other games, Sacred Heart girls beat Otterville 49-35 while Stover boys upended Tuscumbia 66-55.