The Pilot Grove Lady Tigers basketball team knew it would be a battle against Fayette Friday night in the consolation finals of the Wildcat Classic in Slater.
After putting up over 80 points on Slater Wednesday in the consolation semifinals, the Lady Tigers struggled to score points on Friday against Fayette but still managed to win the game by a score of 49-46.
While the win improved Pilot Grove’s record to 12-7 overall, head coach Landon Daniel said.
“Not our best game, but sometimes you have to win ugly games,” Daniel said. “We never really found our offensive groove but our defense held Fayette long enough for us to grind out this win. We had a big third quarter and got a double digit lead at one point in the game. Fayette hit a couple three at the very end of the game to close the gap including a last second shot that was counted. Getting two wins at the Slater Tournament is a pretty good accomplishment for any team and this win helped us achieve our goal of at least two wins in every tournament. This tournament always makes us better by the end of the year and helps us for our tough conference schedule coming up these next three weeks.”
Although Fayette entered the tournament as a No. 6 seed, they gave Pilot Grove everything they wanted and more early on while playing the Lady Tigers to a 7-7 tie after one and a 19-19 game at the break. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, Pilot Grove came out and outscored Fayette 14-9 to extend the lead to five at 33-28. Then, in the final period, Fayette rallied back and outscored Pilot Grove 18-16 to cut the lead back to three.
Chloe Schlotzhauer and Emily Schupp tied for the team-high for Pilot Grove with 13 points each.
Reagan Walker finished the game with 11 points while Kaitlen Weekley added seven, Abby Schupp three and Melanie Wolfe with two.
For Fayette, Abbey Conrow tossed in 15 points.
Sweet Springs (B) 66
Pilot Grove 44
The Pilot Grove boys basketball team fell to Sweet Springs in the seventh place game in the Wildcat Classic in Slater.
The Tigers, dropping to 1-18 on the season, trailed Sweet Springs at the end of each quarter as the Greyhounds took a 16-10 lead after one and 30-17 advantage at the break. The Greyhounds also outscored Pilot Grove 36-27 in the final-two periods to win the game by 22.
"We had a tough night containing their power forward and in general this was a tough week for us," said Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs. "The Slater tournament is always full of solid competition and our squad was missing pieces all week. We are putting it behind us and moving on to this week with conference foes Glasgow and Sturgeon. We will have a majority of our guys back in action this week."
Green had 35 and Giffen 11 to lead all scorers for Sweet Springs.
For Pilot Grove, Bailey Quint tossed in 15. Donnavan Gerke and Gavin Shepherd added seven each while Anderson Twenter chipped in six, Cole Meisenheimer five and Cole Mize and Kealin Vinson each with two.
In other games on Friday, the Sweet Springs girls defeated Slater 55-48 in the seventh place game. In the boys consolation finals, Santa Fe beat Slater  65-60.
In games on Saturday, the Glasgow girls captured the third place trophy by beating Sedalia Sacred Heart 59-46. In the boys third place game, Fayette finished 19 better than Glasgow 67-48.
In the two championship games, the No. 2 Marshall girls knocked off top-seeded Santa Fe 59-56. Meanwhile, in the boys championship game, the No. 1 Sedalia Sacred Heart Gremlins bested No. 2 Jamestown 69-54.
Note: The Pilot Grove boys and girls will travel to Glasgow for a conference game tonight starting at 5 p.m. with the JV boys game. Then, on Friday, Feb. 2nd, Pilot Grove will host Sturgeon in CAC action starting at 5 p.m.
The Tigers will also be at home on Monday, Feb. 5th against New Franklin starting at 6 p.m.