Pilot Grove boys fall in fifth place game against Jamestown, 48-38
The Pilot Grove boys and girls basketball teams had a tough night in the fifth and third place games in the Wildcat Classic in Slater on Friday.
While the Lady Tigers fell against Marshall in the third place game 75-53, the Pilot Grove boys dropped a 48-38 decision against Jamestown in the fifth place game.
The Lady Tigers, dropping to 9-10 on the season, trailed right out of the gates against Marshall as the Owls led 24-18 after one, 55-32 at the half and 67-46 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Pilot Grove outscored Marshall 9-8.
Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel said the girls played a good game tonight even though they lost.
“Marshall had one of those nights where they could do nothing wrong and everything went in for them,” Daniel said. “They shot 14-24 from the 3 point line and a lot of times right over our defender. It’s rough when a team has a night like they did tonight but we have nothing to hang our head for. Our girls made a lot of plays and we were much more aggressive than we were earlier in the week. We just didn’t hit like they did. The Slater Tournament is one of the toughest around and I feel like we got better because of this week so that’s what we will use to keep the momentum going into the rest of our season with conference play and then districts.”
Taylor Crawford led three players in double figures for Marshall with 24. Morgan McGowan added 20 and Kassidy Heying with 11.
For Pilot Grove, Marissa Day had 13 points and four rebounds. Allison Weekley added 10 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals while Emily Schupp chipped in eight points, six rebounds and four assists, Cynthia Brumback seven points and three rebounds, Reagan Walker six points, four rebounds and four steals, Celine Dodson three points and three rebounds, Kaitlen Weekley two points and six rebounds and Chloe Schlotzhauer with one point.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, they led Jamestown 21-19 at the half but then had it tied all up in the third quarter at 31-all. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Eagles outscored Pilot Grove 17-7 for the victory.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the boys were battle tested all week with our three opponents.
“Tonight we fell to Jamestown and put them at one of the top two spots for districts I would say,” Skaggs said. “I thought we showed some great things this week and then we had some of our weaknesses exposed. We will take this week as an evaluation of what we need to do or fix going forward. The remainder of our conference games will close out the end of the season for us and there isn’t a doubt in my mind that our kids will be ready come time for districts. We still have conference title in our sights and we know that we will have to play great every night out in order to have a shot. Glasgow and New Franklin sit at the top in conference right now. We will be a sleeper, but when we play well we can make things happen.”
Garrett Wolfe had 18 and Austin Flippin 13 to lead Jamestown.
For Pilot Grove, who fell to 10-9 on the season, Regan Meisenheimer had 15 points. Ben Glenn chipped in 11, Parker Schuster five, Steven Bell four and Brady Rentel with three.