The Pilot Grove Tigers basketball team may have had the best opening quarter of the season Monday night on the road against Santa Fe.
Now what happened after that is anybodys guess as the Chiefs outscored Pilot Grove 49-33 for a 61-52 victory.
As for the Pilot Grove Lady Tigers, they faced an uphill battle from the first quarter on while trailing Santa Fe throughout to suffer a 61-41 setback.
Although the loss dropped the Pilot Grove boys to 1-14 on the season, the Tigers were very much in the ballgame against Santa Fe while playing to a 31-31 tie at the half. But then in the third quarter, the Chiefs doubled their scoring output against Pilot Grove by holding a 14-7 advantage to go up by seven at 45-38. Santa Fe also held a 16-14 scoring edge in the final period.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the boys are struggling to get over the hump. “The kids are playing well, but we can’t seem to help ourselves find a way,” Skaggs said. “Just when it looks like we are picking it up at the free throw line we struggle tonight and go 4 of 15. There is several key possessions on the defensive and offensive side that we have to keep working at.”
Edwards had 20 points and Sims 12 for Santa Fe.
For Pilot Grove, Anderson Twenter tossed in 18 points to lead all scorers. Gavin Shepherd added 14, Cole Meisenheimer and Bailey Quint each with nine and Lucas Fahrendorf with two.
As for the Pilot Grove girls, they trailed Santa Fe from the opening tip as the Lady Chiefs led 18-11 after one, 32-25 at the half and 49-32 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Santa Fe outscored Pilot Grove 12-9.
Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel said the girls had a strong start but have to have a better finish.
“Santa Fe has been a quality team in the area for a while and they have another quality team this year,” Daniel said. “I thought we hung with them and played an overall great first half but they made some adjustments that we struggled with offensively and just couldn’t seem to get the looks that we needed to get our offense flowing again. Down a starter and another girl also hurt us when we started to get into foul trouble in the third quarter. We had some moments in the game where we played very well and we need to build on that for this tough stretch of games these next two weeks.”
Sadie Limback had 25 points and Josey Burton 19 for Santa Fe.
For Pilot Grove, who dropped to 10-5 on the season, Emily Schupp finished the game with a double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Schupp also had three steals and two assists.
Melanie Wolfe tallied nine points, 10 rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot while Reagan Walker added six points, four assists and three steals, Chloe Schlotzhauer five points, three rebounds and one assist, Aryn Lorenz three points, Reagan McFatrich one rebound, one assist and one steal, Abby Schupp two rebounds and Danae Lammers with one assist.
The Lady Tigers also finished the game shooting 25 percent from the field and 39 percent from the foul line.