No. 1 Glasgow and No. 2 St. Elizabeth also prevail
As expected, the top seeds in the Class 1 District 9 Tournament all advanced to the second round in convincing fashion Monday night in Bunceton.
With the closest margin of victory 23 points, the Prairie Home girls had the widest margin in a No. 4 versus No. 5 matchup by beating the Higbee Lady Tigers 77-46. In other games, top-seeded Glasgow defeated eighth-seeded Tuscumbia 54-28 while No. 2 St. Elizabeth upended No. 7 Jamestown 63-40. Meanwhile, in the final game on Monday, No. 3 Pilot Grove beat sixth-seeded Bunceton 73-52.
Tournament action will continue on Wednesday, with Glasgow playing Prairie Home at 6 p.m. and St. Elizabeth battling Pilot Grove at 7:30.
For the Glasgow girls, Jaden Monnig had 22 points and Abby Littrell 17 as the Lady Yellowjackets led Tuscumbia 22-17 at the half and 34-24 after three quarters.
Abbi Grimwood had nine points to lead all scorers for Tuscumbia while Scout Rush and Erin Williams chipped in seven points.
In the second game, seniors Shianne Rhorer and Rachel Distler combined for 62 of the team’s 77 points for the Lady Panthers, who improved to 18-8 on the season.
Prairie Home also outscored Higbee in three out of the four quarters of play while leading 24-8 after one, 39-24 at the half and 64-42 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Prairie Home outscored the Lady Tigers 13-4 to win the game by 31.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said this was the team’s best game all season.
“We came out ready to play,” Armontrout said. “Offensively, we didn’t force a lot and we took open shots. Defensively, we ran them off the three point and held their studs to 10 points each. We have to be better at rebounding the basketball on the defensive end. We have a tough matchup Wednesday versus a good Glasgow team.”
In addition to scoring 35 points, Rhorer also had seven rebounds and three steals for Prairie Home.
Distler finished the game with 27 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double along with two steals and one assist. Kurstin Leonard added eight points, two steals, one rebound and one assist while Kristen Peterson chipped in six points, seven rebounds, three steals and one assist, Ashlyn Twenter one point, one rebound and one steal and Elizabeth Fairchild with two rebounds.
For Higbee, Grace Westfall had 11 points while Sabrina Huddleston and Rhiannon Runyon added 10 points each.
For the game, Prairie Home also hit on 29 of 55 shots from the field for 53 percent and 15 of 16 from the foul line for 94 percent.
In the third game, St. Elizabeth led Jamestown from start to finish while taking a 41-20 advantage at the half. The Lady Wildcats also outscored Jamestown 22-20 in the second half.
Brooke Struemph led three players in double figures for St. Elizabeth with 17 points while Andrea Schaffer and Kayla Struemph added 14 points each.
For Jamestown, Blake Scholl had 12 points and Sam Nivens 11.
In the final game against two former CCAA rivals, the Pilot Grove Lady Tigers outscored Bunceton in three out of the four quarters while leading 47-25 at the half and 63-37 after three quarters of play.
Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel said the girls gave a really great effort.
“We came in with a little chip on our shoulder and played really aggressive on both ends and really worked together well to get this first win in district play,” Daniel said.
Emily Schupp led the charge for Pilot Grove, 12-13 on the season, with 20 points and 15 rebounds along with four steals, three assists and one blocked shot.
Reagan Walker finished the game with 16 points, nine assists, three steals and two rebounds while Celine Dodson added 15 points, six rebounds, five steals, one assist and one blocked shot, Chloe Schlotzhauer eight points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots, Karsyn Kraus eight points, five rebounds, two steals, two blocked shots and one assist and Marissa Day with six points, eight rebounds and two assists.
For Bunceton, who closed out the season at 14-10, Lauren Wieland had 21 points, eight rebounds and one assist. Rachel Lenz added 18 points, nine rebounds, two steals and one assist while Chloe Moser chipped in four points and six rebounds, Taylor Burnett four points, three assists and one steal, Skyler Shuffield three points, nine rebounds and one assist and Jenna Kahle with two points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist.
Bunceton coach Mitch Hurt said this was a tough way to end a very good season.
“Pilot Grove shot the ball extremely well from the outside and was able to get inside our defense,” Hurt said. “I thought we were way too nervous to start the game, making many unforced errors.”