Prairie Home boys beat Pilot Grove for third place, 73-61
The Pilot Grove Lady Tigers basketball team knew they had a tall order against No. 1 seed Prairie Home.
Although the Lady Tigers had just one blemish on the season thus far, the Prairie Home girls were unbeaten in five starts.
But that meant little once the Lady Tigers stepped on the court Saturday in the championship game while pulling off the upset by a score of 82-65.
As for the Tuscumbia boys, they also laid claim as champions by beating the Otterville Eagles for the title 81-68.
The Lady Tigers, improving to 4-1 on the season, outscored Prairie Home in all four quarters and led 16-12 after one, 34-29 at the break and 51-43 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Pilot Grove had its best quarter yet by outscoring Prairie Home 31-22.
Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel said this group of girls continue to rise up and meet challenges that are thrown at them.
“Prairie Home has two pretty good girls but we felt that if we pushed the basketball and played our game that we didn’t have to adjust to their style of play,” Daniel said. “We wanted to make them to have to adjust to our style, and our girls executed tremendously. With 20 assists as a team our girls played really unselfishly and got everyone involved with some really good passing and then executing at the rim or kicking out for our outside shot.
“Another goal was to limit them to one shot on offense and our girls responded there too by grabbing 30 defensive rebounds.”
Reagan Walker led five players in double figures for Pilot Grove with 21 points along with eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
Emily Schupp finished the game with 18 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals while Celine Dodson added 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal, Marissa Day 14 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal, Chloe Schlotzhauer 11 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots, Karsyn Kraus two points, five rebounds and two assists, Aryn Lorenz two rebounds and one assist and Natalie Rentel with one blocked shot.
As for the Prairie Home girls, who dropped to 5-1, Shianne Rhorer had 38 points, seven rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Rachel Distler finished the game with a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and three steals while Kristen Peterson added five points, four steals and two rebounds, Kurstin Leonard two points, two rebounds and one steal, Elizabeth Fairchild three rebounds and one steal and Ashlyn Twenter one rebound, one steal and one assist.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said the Lady Panthers got beat in every aspect. “We did not do anything right,” Armontrout said. “This was a butt kicking. We did not communicate on defense, we did not box out and we did not slide our feet. Offensively, we weren’t strong with the basketball and committed too many turnovers. The only thing we did do right was shoot free throws.”
Prairie Home was 15 of 19 from the line while Pilot Grove hit on 13 of 19 shots from the charity stripe.
In the boys championship game, David Huddleston led Tuscumbia with 35 points while Jake Neal had the game high for otterville with 43.
In the boys third place game, the Prairie Home Panthers defeated Pilot Grove 73-61.
The Panthers, improving to 3-2 on the season, led Pilot Grove 39-30 at the half but had the lead cut to six in the third as the Tigers rallied back with a 17-14 advantage. Meanwhile, in the final period, Prairie Home outscored Pilot Grove 20-14 to win the game by 12.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said a lot better game on both ends of the court. “We had a big lead in the first and got complacent and let them crawl back in,” Armontrout said. “We also had a very good second and fourth quarter. We pushed the ball up the floor and got out in transition a lot more this game. I also thought we rebounded well and had good rotations.”
Ross Kendrick had a double-double in the game for Prairie Home with 36 points and 11 rebounds. Wyatt Borghardt finished the game with 14 points, five rebounds and four assists while Creed Flood added 10 points, five rebounds and three assists, Kassen Lock seven points and two rebounds, Alex Rhode two points and six rebounds, Ty Stinson two points and two rebounds, Gabe Turner also with two points, Clayton Pethan one rebound, one steal and one assist and Adam Lohse with one rebound.
For Pilot Grove, who dropped to 1-5, Brady Rentel had 21, Steven Bell 12 and Cole Meisenheimer with 11.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the boys are struggling to find themselves here early in the season. “We have some pieces, but can’t seem to put it together for one complete game,” Skaggs said. “We won’t quit, though, and we will find a way to get better.”
In the girls third place game, Linn finished two better than Stover 46-44.
Megan Thoenan led the Lady Wildcats with 13 points while Harley Nale had 12 and Lindsey Label with 10. For Stover, Ashley Schroder had 15, Shelby Jackson 12 and Jenna Bellis with 10.