Pilot Grove boys fall in seventh place game against Westran

The Prairie Home girls basketball team will be glad to move on from the New Franklin Invitational Tournament.
After a tough loss in the consolation semifinals last Wednesday against Fayette, the Lady Panthers made the most of the situation in the seventh place game Friday night by beating Westran 43-32.
The Lady Panthers, improving to 5-7 on the season, trailed Westran 13-8 after first period’s end before rallying back with a 13-5 advantage in the second to lead at the half 21-18. Meanwhile, after both teams tallied eight points in the third quarter, Prairie Home came back and outscored Westran 14-6 in the fourth for the victory.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said the girls played a lot better and one of their best overall games of the year. “We were very balanced in our scoring,” Armontrout said. “Our defense was pretty good overall. We still gave up too many offensive rebounds, but overall, I am proud of the effort and saw some good things. However, we still need to work on a few things. We have two tough games this week against Santa Fe and Jamestown.”
Kourtney Kendrick finished the game with a double-double for Prairie Home with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kendrick also had five steals.
Ashley Twenter added 11 points, four steals and one rebound while Kelsey Watson chipped in six points, four rebounds and one steal, Maggie Wood four points, five rebounds and two steals and Jerzee Cantrell with four points, four rebounds and three steals.
As for the shooting in the game, Prairie Home hit on 15 of 60 shots from the field for 25 percent and 13 of 24 from the foul line for 54 percent.
Westran was led by Denslow with 16 points.
Sturgeon (B) 77
Pilot Grove 69
Kenny Stone had 24 points and teammate Jake Snider added 14 to lead Sturgeon past Pilot Grove in the seventh place game Friday night in the New Franklin Invitational Tournament.
The Bulldogs, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, opened the first half with a three point lead against Pilot Grove at 38-35. Meanwhile, in the second half, Sturgeon outscored the Tigers 18-15 in the third to extend the lead to six at 56-50. Meanwhile, in the final period, Sturgeon held a 21-19 advantage to win the game by eight.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said he was pleased with the kids effort tonight. “We put up one of our best performances of the year and that should give us confidence moving forward,” Skaggs said. “We have showed some inconsistency and inexperience in our games all year, but tonight was the exact opposite. No matter what kid was on the floor they were playing well together and that is what we have been looking for.”
Bailey Quint led four players in double figures for Pilot Grove, who dropped to 1-11 on the season, with 22 points. Cole Meisenheimer chipped in 15, Lucas Fahrendorf 13, Gavin Shepherd 10 and Anderson Twenter with nine.
In the consolation games, the Fayette girls upended Sweet Springs 43-40 while Westran boys rallied past Tipton 58-57.
For the Fayette girls, Abbey Conrow had 17 points. Sweet Springs was led by Makayla Malter with 19.
Fayette girls led Sweet Springs 28-18 at the half but was outscored 22-15 in the second half.
As for the Westran-Tipton boys consolation game, the Cardinals led by 18 (36-18) at the break but were outscored 40-21 in the second half.
Ben Miller had 26 points and Brennon Chapman 10 for Westran. Tipton was led by Kodie Dick with 25 and Brandon Renfrow with 13.