Pilot Grove girls lose to No. 1 Sacred Heart in championship game

In a No. 1 versus No. 2 matchup Saturday in the championship in the Pilot Grove Tiger Classic, the Prairie Home boys basketball team had just enough to get by the Stover Bulldogs by a score of 45-41.
While the Bulldogs had cake walk through the first two games, winning by double figures, the Panthers struggled in their second game against the Pilot Grove Tigers while squeaking out a seven point victory.
But little of that mattered on Saturday as the Panthers outscored Stover in three out of the four quarters of play.
But even then the Bulldogs had chances to win the game while leading Prairie Home 24-20 at the break. The Panthers held a 16-11 advantage in the first and then rallied from a four point deficit at the half by outscoring Stover 13-7 in the third to go up 33-31. Meanwhile, in the final period, Prairie Home outscored Stover 12-10 to win the game by four.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said the boys had a great start.
“We hit some threes and then we started to settle on them in the second,” Armontrout said. “We didn’t have a very good second quarter at all. Our keys were rebounding and deflections. I thought we rebounded very well and they it so well inside the paint that we needed some deflections. For the most part, we did that. We had a couple of 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.”
Clayton Pethan had the high game for Prairie Home, who improved to 5-1 on the season, with 16 points along with six rebounds and one steal.
Creed Flood finished the game with 13 points, 18 rebounds, one steal and one assist while Kassen Lock added nine points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal, Blake Petsel three points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal, Luke Stewart two points, one rebound and one assist, Alex Rhode also with two points and Ty Stidham with three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
For Stover, Camren Worthley had 17 points.
In the girls championship game, Sacred Heart defeated Pilot Grove in another close game 37-34.
The Lady Tigers, dropping to 3-3 on the season, led Sacred Heart 14-11 at the break but had that one bad quarter in the third as the Gremlins rallied back with a 13-1 advantage to go up 24-15. Meanwhile, in the final period, Pilot Grove outscored Sacred Heart 19-13 to cut the lead back to three.
Not the game we were envisioning by any means. Neither team could really get things going offensively throughout the game but our third quarter cost us tremendously by only scoring 1 point in the whole quarter while giving up 13. We had way too many turnovers caused by both silly and weak passes that we will have to address with practice and future games, but a lot of credit goes to the girls because even as frustrating as the 3rd quarter was for all of us, they never quit and had a chance to win at the end. We tied the game in the final minute and Sacred Heart hit some free throws when they needed to and we actually hit a last second 3 pointer to tie it up but unfortunately we took just one too many dribbles and didn’t get the shot off in time. This is a great group of girls that get better all the time and we will continue to do that every practice and every game.
McKenna Beeler had 13 points and Anjanae Williams 12 to lead Sacred Heart.
For Pilot Grove, Emily Schupp had 11 points and six rebounds. Chloe Schlotzhauer finished the game with nine points and eight rebounds while Abby Schupp added six points and three rebounds, Reagan Walker four points and three rebounds, Kaitlen Weekley two points and five rebounds and Natalie Rentel with two points and one rebound.
The Lady Tigers also hit just 7 of 17 shots from the foul line.
In the girls third place game, the Otterville Lady Eagles edged Bunceton 47-42.
The Lady Dragons, dropping to 2-4 on the season, opened the game with a 13-6 advantage over Otterville but was outscored 15-8 in the second quarter to go in at the half all tied at 21-21. Bunceton never led again after that as Otterville held a 26-21 scoring edge in the second half for the victory.
Delanney Stone and Abby Nichols each had 15 points in the game for Otterville. Kelsey Lynn chipped in 12.
For Bunceton, Lauren Wieland finished the game with 11 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one steal. Chloe Moser added 10 points, four rebounds, four steals and two assists while Taylor Burnett had nine points and three rebounds, Skyler Shuffield six points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal, Jenna Kahle four points, two rebounds and one steal and Emily Clevenger with two points, six steals, four rebounds and one assist.
In the boys third place game, Tuscumbia defeated Pilot Grove 44-38.
The Tigers, dropping to 1-5 on the season, trailed Tuscumbia by just one (12-11) after one but then rallied back with a 10-9 advantage in the second to tie the game at 21-21. Pilot Grove also outscored the Lions 9-4 in the third to extend the lead to 30-25. However, in the final period, Tuscumbia rallied back with a 19-8 scoring edge for the victory.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the defensive efforts have been great for the last four games.
“We have held the last four teams under 50,” Skaggs said. “However, we are struggling in our half court offense when we can’t get out in transition. Those are just some things that we have to continue to get better at over the next few weeks and into break. We are also undersized and starting to realize the importance of boxing out for rebounds.”
Matt Hill had 18 points and Peyton Hall 13 for Tuscumbia.
For Pilot Grove, Cole Meisenheimer finished the game with 11 points. Gavin Shepherd chipped in 10, Lucas Fahrendorf six, Anderson Twenter five, Bailey Quint four and Ethan Williams with two.
The Tigers also hit 5 of 11 shots from the foul line for 45 percent.