Although it wasn’t the hardware they wanted, the Prairie Home girls came away with the consolation trophy in the Pilot Grove Tiger Classic Friday night by beating the Stover Lady Eagles 47-20.
As for the Bunceton boys basketball, they fell in the consolation game against Otterville 75-52.
The Lady Panthers, improving to 3-3 on the season, opened the first half with a 24-10 lead against Stover and then outscored the Eagles 23-10 in the second half for the victory.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said the girls had a great start.
“We hit some threes, then we started to settle on them in the second,” Armontrout said. “Not a very good second quarter at all. Our keys were rebounding and deflections. I thought we rebounded very well and they pass it so well inside the paint, we needed some deflections. For the most part, we did that. We had a couple mental breakdowns on defense where they had some easy layups. They clamped down on creed. I thought we had other guys step up to fill his void. We have another tough week ahead of us with MMA on Monday, Bunceton Tuesday and Tuscumbia Friday.”
Ashlyn Twenter and Kelsey Watson each had 10 points in the game for Prairie Home. Twenter also finished the game with five rebounds and one steal while Watson had three rebounds and three steals.
Kourtney Kendrick added nine points, 10 rebounds and two steals while Maggie Wood chipped in nine points, three rebounds and two steals and Jerzee Cantrell with seven points and four rebounds.
For Stover, Jenna Bells led all scorers with seven points.
As for the Bunceton boys, they trailed Otterville 19-8 after one, 33-19 at the half and 55-33 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Eagles outscored Bunceton 20-19.
Bunceton coach Cass Keene said after really playing poorly the night before, the boys did a few things better against Otterville.
“We rebounded much better as a team, and although we didn’t outperform Otterville on the boards, it wasn’t the reason for the loss, as it was the first time,” Keene said. “Thirty turnovers as a team. You can’t win a basketball game with a number like that. We have a few young guys with shaken confidence right now, and its showing on the court. I do believe this performance will help play better going forward.”
Spencer Saltsgaver had 30 points to lead all scorers for Otterville.
For Bunceton, who dropped to 0-7 on the season, Brayden Doyle finished the game with 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Hunter Shuffield chipped in 11 points, one rebound, one steal and one assist while Rylee Knapheide added 10 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two assists, Dillon Alpers eight points, seven steals, six rebounds and two assists, Jason Burnett eight points, two rebounds and one steal, Lane Maddex one point and one rebound, Austin Anderson one rebound and one steal and Landon Petree with one rebound.