Pilot Grove senior Reagan Walker knew she had to pick up the slack after teammate Emily Schupp went down with a broken arm Tuesday night on the road against the Slater Wildcats.
Although it came at a cost, Walker still delivered with 27 points along with eight rebounds, five assists and five steals to lead the Lady Tigers past Slater 61-55.
While the win improved Pilot Grove’s record to 14-10 overall and 4-7 in the CAC, head coach Landon Daniel said the game was full of emotions.
“We had a really rough start to this game and just couldn’t find any rhythm on either side of the floor,” Daniel said. “We also got into some early foul trouble that continued to plague us as the game went on. In the second quarter we got things going by playing better defense but then came out flat again and in foul trouble again in the third quarter. The girls never gave up though and really pushed in the fourth quarter and when Emily went down with a broken arm with about 3 minutes to play, we all rallied and finished the game strong, led by Reagan Walker who ended the game with 27 and scored 13 in the fourth. I’m very proud of our team and know that they will continue to work hard and finish this season they way we planned to.”
The Lady Tigers definitely faced an uphill battle while trailing Slater 18-8 after one, 26-25 at the half and 41-38 after three quarters of play. However in the final period, Pilot Grove had its best quarter of the game by outscoring Slater 23-14 for the victory.
Chloe Schlotzhauer finished the game with 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals while Emily Schupp added nine points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one blocked shot, Natalie Rentel eight points, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal, Abby Schupp five points, two assists, one rebound and one blocked shot, Reagan McFatrich two points, one rebound and one steal and Kaitlen Weekley with nine rebounds, four steals and one assist.
For Slater, Emilee Grimes had 22, Rylea Meyer 13 and Madi Beeler with 12.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, they fell to Slater by a score of 73-66.
The Tigers, dropping to 2-22 overall and 1-10 in the NCMC, led Slater 39-33 at the half but was outscored 40-27 in the second half.
Keshawn White had 22 points and Kabyl Zybel 17 for Slater.
For Pilot Grove, Bailey Quint had 15, Cole Mize 14,  Cole Meisenheimer 13, Gavin Shepherd 12, Anderson Twenter six, Lucas Fahrendorf four and Donnavan Gerke with two.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the boys played really well out of the gates and led for the first-three quarters. “I thought we weren’t as aggressive in the fourth quarter, though,” Skaggs said. “We only went to the free throw line four times compared to their 14 times. In a game that is tight like this one, we have to get to the line more in the fourth quarter. Offensively, we had some great things, but defensively is where we lost this one.”