The Pilot Grove boys and girls basketball teams had a tough opening draw Monday night in the 37th annual Slater Wildcat Classic.
As the No. 8 seed, the Pilot Grove boys faced off against top-seeded Sacred Heart and fell by a score of 75-31. Meanwhile, for the Pilot Grove girls in a No. 4 versus No. 5 matchup, the Lady Tigers dropped a 56-28 decision.
The Pilot Grove girls and boys will both face Slater in the consolation semifinals on Wednesday starting at 4:30 p.m.
The Pilot Grove boys, dropping to 1-16 on the season, had a horrendous start while trailing Sacred Heart 22-2 after one and 39-9 at the break. The Gremlins also outscored Pilot Grove 36-22 in the second half.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the boys knew the matchup against Sacred Heart would be tough. “Sacred Heart is a good ballclub,” Skaggs said. “We had two starters out with illness which didn’t make anything any easier. We just hope to get everyone back going this week as we enter February.”
Trent Lyles had 16 and Tucker Nicholson 11 to lead all scorers for Sacred Heart.
For Pilot Grove, Gavin Shepherd had seven, Anderson Twenter and Cole Meisenheimer five each, Derek Powell and Dalton Reuter three each and Laben Twenter, Philip Brown, Donnavan Gerke and Kealin Vinson each with two points.
As for the Pilot Grove girls, they had a little better start while trailing Glasgow by just five (16-11) after first period’s end. However, in the second quarter, the Lady Tigers couldn’t buy a basket while Glasgow came out and put in 13 to lead at the break 29-12. The Lady Yellowjackets also outscored Pilot Grove 27-16 in the second half.
Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel said the girls came out hot on offense and then couldn’t find the basket for the rest of the first half. “We really played well and had a lot of confidence really early but we had an injury late in the first quarter and just couldn’t seem to get going after that,” Daniel said. “We did some good things on both sides of the ball tonight but our offense just struggled so much we couldn’t match what their two post players were doing to us on the other end. We look to still get two wins in this tournament and that is really still an accomplishment in a tournament that has the amount of quality teams like this one does.”
Abby Littrell led three players in double figures for Glasgow with 18 points. Jaden Monnig chipped in 15 and Molly Reynolds 13.
For Pilot Grove, who dropped to 10-7 on the season, Emily Schupp finished the game with 12 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Reagan Walker also scored in double figures with 10 points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist while Chloe Schlotzhauer added three points, four rebounds, four steals and one blocked shot, Reagan McFatrich three points, one rebound and one steal, Kaitlen Weekley six rebounds and one assist and Abby Schupp and Melanie Wolfe each with one assist.