Beats Linn 66-62; Pilot Grove boys and girls upend Stover

The Prairie Home Lady Panthers basketball team overcame a slow start to beat Linn 54-48 Tuesday night in the Pilot Grove Classic.
Of course the Lady Panthers weren’t the only winners on the night. In other games, the Pilot Grove boys edged Stover 52-50 while the Pilot Grove girls defeated Stover by a score of 66-62.
The Lady Panthers, improving to 4-0 on the season, trailed Linn 8-7 at the end of the first quarter but battled back with a 47-40 advantage for the rest of the game to garner the victory.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said this was the worst game since he has been at Prairie Home, plain and simple. “The only good thing we did was make free throws,” Armontrout said. “We didn’t box out, we didn’t move offensively, our press was not very good, we didn’t slide our feet. Not much to say about this game. We move on and have to turn it around quickly, because we play Otterville in back to back nights.”
The good news is that Prairie Home got another big night from senior Shianne Rhorer, who finished the game with 29 points and 20 rebounds along with three steals and three assists.
Rachel Distler finished the game with 12 points, nine steals, seven rebounds and two assists while Kristen Peterson added seven points, two rebounds and one steal, Ashlyn Twenter three points, two steals and one rebound, Elizabeth Fairchild three points, one rebound and one steal and Kurstin Leonard with one rebound.
The Lady Panthers also hit on 14 of 18 shots on the night for 78 percent.
For Linn, Theonen had 16 points.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, they had a good first half while leading Stover 21-18. But that all changed in the third quarter as the Bulldogs came out and held a 22-16 advantage to go up 40-37. Meanwhile, with just eight minutes to make up the difference, the Tigers outscored Stover by five (15-10) for the two-point victory.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the boys came out and put up a solid effort for three quarters defensively, but they left some layups off the board in transition early.
“Stover played us zone tonight which it had been a while since we seen a zone so we struggled to find continuity on the offensive side,” Skaggs said. “We got it together late and made great adjustments to give us our first win on the year over a much improved Stover team. Every night out is a battle for our kids and we have to be up for these challenges. We have some great pieces, but we need them to show up every night out all the way down to the last man.”
Cole Mize and Brady Rentel each had 15 points in the game for Pilot Grove. Parker Schuster chipped in 11, Steven Bell five, Cole Meisenheimer four and Lucas Fahrendorf with two.
For Stover, Brenden Bauer had 21 and Alex Haag 10.
The Pilot Grove girls also had a great start while leading Stover 31-23 at the break. The only difference is that the Lady Tigers, 3-1 on the season, had their one bad quarter in the fourth as Stover held a 25-14 advantage. However prior to the fourth, Pilot Grove outscored Stover 21-14 to open the second half to go up 52-37.
Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel said this game was full of ups and downs. “This was a game where both teams really matched up well with each other and played the same style of basketball,” Daniel said. “We couldn’t find our outside shot with consistency all night long but when we worked the basketball around and in and out of the high post we had really good success. While we didn’t click on all cylinders for the whole game, we did show flashes of it at times and went on some good runs. Our defense wasn’t as good tonight as it was against Sturgeon but still proud of the girls for holding on to a win in the late part of the game. We look forward to playing the Pilot Grove Classic Championship game this Saturday and hope to bring the first place trophy home for the first time.”
Emily Schupp finished the game with a double-double for Pilot Grove, 00-00, with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Schupp also had five assists, four steals and one blocked shot.
Marissa Day had 13 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal while Reagan Walker added 10 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals, Celine Dodson seven points, seven rebounds and three assists, Karsyn Kraus six points, eight rebounds, two steals, one assist and one blocked shot, Aryn Lorenz six points and four rebounds and Chloe Schlotzhauer with five points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot.
For Stover, Ashley Schroder had 15, Jenna Bellis 12 and Shelby Jackson 11.