One bad quarter is all it took for the Pilot Grove Lady Tigers basketball team to lose Friday night in the regular season finale against the Cairo Bearcats.
While outscoring Cairo 36-34 in three quarters, the third period proved to be the difference as the Lady Bearcats held a 18-8 advantage for a 52-44 victory.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, they also dropped a heartbreaker against Cairo on the road by losing in overtime 90-81.
The Lady Tigers, dropping to 11-13 on the season, led Cairo 19-16 at the half but was outscored 36-25 in the second half for the eight-point loss.
Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel said he was very proud of the girls’ efforts.
“We have absolutely nothing to hand our heads about after this game,” Daniel said. “The girls executed our game plan very well but unfortunately we went cold for about a three minute stretch in the third quarter and Cairo took advantage. I thought we really did well at rebounding all night and did a super job of taking care of the basketball in the first half, especially. Marissa Day and Chloe Schlotzhauer had two really great games for us. Marissa was using great spacing and finishing at the rim while Chloe was grabbing rebounds for us all night long and getting the ball to the guards quickly so we could score in transition. Overall, a great game that we can build on for a good run in districts.”
MacKenzie Dubbert had 22 points and Monica Tracy 12 for Cairo.
For Pilot Grove, Marissa Day finished the game with 14 points and five rebounds. Emily Schupp had 10 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals while Reagan Walker added nine points, six assists, five rebounds and one steal, Celine Dodson seven points, six rebounds and two assists, Chloe Schlotzhauer four points, 13 rebounds, one assist and one steal and Karsyn Kraus with two rebounds.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, they led Cairo 34-29 at the half and 55-49 after three quarters but was outscored 22-16 in the final period by the Bearcats to tie the game at 71-all. Meanwhile, in overtime, Cairo held a 19-10 advantage to win the game by nine.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the Tigers controlled a majority of the game and then became less aggressive.
“We made a few turnovers later that were costly,” Skaggs said. “The kids fought all night and continue to fight. We don’t have the best record, but I still have all of the confidence in the world with these kids. I’m excited to see if we can make some noise this week in district play.”
Jalen Allison had 27 and Ian Denton 21 to lead all scorers for Cairo.
For Pilot Grove, who dropped to 6-19 on the season, Brady Rentel led four players in double figures with 19 points. Cole Meisenheimer chipped in 18, Parker Schuster 15, Lucas Fahrendorf 11, Cole Mize seven, Steven Bell six, Anderson Twenter three and Gavin Shepherd with two.