The Pilot Grove boys and girls fell in a hard way Friday night during Homecoming against the Glasgow Yellowjackets.
While coming off three straight wins in the New Franklin Invitational and then returning to New Franklin for a conference game earlier in the week, the Lady Tigers probably felt confident going up against Glasgow.
Unfortunately for the Lady Tigers, they had no answer for senior Jaden Monnig, who scored 20 of the team’s 62 points for Glasgow in a convincing 62-30 victory.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, they had one bad quarter and that proved to be the difference in a 65-55 loss.
The Lady Tigers, dropping to 10-4 overall and 2-3 in the CAC, trailed from the opening tip against Glasgow as the Yellowjackets led 25-7 after one, 43-19 at the half and 56-21 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Pilot Grove outscored Glasgow 9-6.
Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel said pretty tough night for the girls.
“Everyone knows that Glasgow has got two six foot girls on the inside and we don’t, so we spent a lot of time on how to defend the post and what we needed to do to keep them from getting the ball inside,” Daniel said. “While we did a good job on that, Glasgow decided they wanted to shoot the best I have ever seen them shoot from the outside with their guards hitting six three-pointers in the first half and jumping out to a big lead on us early.
“It was kind of a shock to us and we never really recovered. We never gave up though and I thought the girls did a really good job trying new things in the fourth quarter that we had success with. We will get to see Glasgow at least two more if not three more times this year so we will be better prepared. We have a pretty tough stretch these next two weeks and the girls know that we are going to have to play through some adversity and against better teams, but that will make us much better come district time.”
As for the scoring in the game for Pilot Grove, Emily Schupp was the only player in double figures with 12 points along with three rebounds, two steals, one assist and one blocked shot.
Reagan Walker finished the game with five points, four assists, one rebound and one steal while Abby Schupp added five points, two assists and one steal, Kaitlen Weekley four points, seven rebounds and one steal, Chloe Schlotzhauer two points, three steals, one rebound and one assist, Melanie Wolfe two points, three rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot and Reagan McFatrich with two rebounds.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, they probably see it that if you take the first quarter away the Yellowjackets only win the game by three after holding a 50-47 advantage.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, the slow start ended up costing them any chance as the Yellowjackets led 15-8 after one, 33-23 at the half and 53-39 after three quarters of play. Pilot Grove held a 16-12 scoring edge in the fourth.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the boys came out and fought for four quarters with a great crowd for Homecoming night.
“We are playing well we just can’t seem to get that next win,” Skaggs said. “Another game where we stopped the guys we wanted to but Gage McMillan stepped up and hit three big threes in the third. Our guys keep fighting and we will find a way. I am proud of all them for the energy that they continue to bring out every night.”
Kabul McMillan had 19 points and Gage McMillan 13 for Glasgow.
For Pilot Grove, who dropped to 1-13 overall and 0-5 in the CAC, Gavin Shepherd chipped in 12, Cole Meisenheimer 11, Lucas Fahrendorf and Anderson Twenter 10 each, Bailey Quint nine and Kealin Vinson with three.