The Pilot Grove Lady Tigers basketball team may be the hottest team in the CAC, or the area for that matter, after recording its fifth straight win Monday night at home against the Concordia Orioles 58-42.
Since the season-opening loss against the Madison Panthers back on November 18th, the Lady Tigers have recorded five straight wins to improve to 5-1 overall.
Of course this game was a little tougher than expected, at least for the first quarter, as Pilot Grove led Concordia by just two at 17-15. However from the second quarter on, the Lady Tigers were back down to business while outscoring the Orioles 41-27 for the victory.
Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel said this was not the prettiest of wins, but a win is a win.
“Both teams had a very strong first quarter and although we were scoring in transition very well, we were not doing a good job on the defensive end stopping dribble penetration and allowing them to get into the paint and use their size against us at the rim,” Daniel said. “The second quarter we started to pull away with a very strong offensive effort. We hits shots from the outside and got to the rim with good passing and backdoor cutting. The second half however was  totally different story as both teams struggled and we lost a little of our fire.
“We didn’t shoot a single free throw in the whole half because we didn’t attack the basket as we did in the first half to create open shots for us on offense. Overall, we’ll take the win against a team we haven’t beat in a couple of years. We hope to keep our momentum and finish the first half of the year strong.”
Reagan Walker had 16 points and three rebounds to lead the Lady Tigers.
Emily Schupp finished the game with 15 points and eight rebounds while Marissa Day added eight points and six rebounds, Chloe Schlotzhauer seven points and six rebounds, Karsyn Kraus and Celine Dodson each with six points and eight rebounds, Natalie Rentel with three rebounds and Grace Goehman with two rebounds.
The Lady Tigers also finished the game shooting 37 percent from the field and 54 percent from the foul line.
For Concordia, Mady Langkrahr had 15, Kayla Davis 10 and Sami Brackman with seven.
Pilot Grove (B) 66
Concordia 53
The Pilot Grove boys won their third game of the season by turning back Concordia Monday night in Pilot Grove.
The Tigers, improving to 3-5 on the season, played Concordia to a 11-11 game in the first quarter but then outscored the Orioles 17-12 in the second to go up 28-23 at the half. Pilot Grove never trailed after that by holding a 22-11 advantage in the third to extend the lead to 50-34. Meanwhile, in the fourth quarter, Concordia rallied back with a 19-16 scoring edge.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the came out and managed themselves within the game tonight.
“We slowed down and gave ourselves time to see through the zone defense,” Skaggs said. “We still had more turnovers than we would like to have and we need to continue to hit the glass harder, but overall we got a much needed victory. We hope to continue to build off of this victory going in to Friday night’s matchup versus Warsaw.”
Senior Brady Rentel had 26 points to lead all scorers for Pilot Grove. Cole Meisenheimer chipped in 17, Parker Schuster eight, Cole Mize six, Steven Bell and Gavin Shepherd each with four and Donnavan Gerke with one.
Pilot Grove also finished the game shooting 67 percent from the foul line.
For Concordia, Cameron Kelly had 16 points and Matthew Gatewood 15.
Concordia JV (55)
Pilot Grove 47
The Pilot Grove boys junior varsity basketball team came up eight points short Monday night at home against the Concordia Orioles.
The Tigers, dropping to 1-2 on the season, trailed Concordia 27-24 at the half and 41-33 after three quarters of play before matching the Orioles with 14 points in the final period.
Tad Deatherage had 14 points to pace all scorers for Concordia. Kade Meineke had 11.
For Pilot Grove, Anderson Twenter had 15, Ethan Williams 12, Lucas Fahrendorf and Kealin Vinson six each and Gavin Shepherd with four.