The Pilot Grove girls and New Franklin A boys junior high basketball team picked up double digit wins Thursday night in the Prairie Home Junior High Invitational Tournament.
While the Lady Tigers defeated Jamestown 38-27, the New Franklin boys prevailed against Tuscumbia by a score of 58-15.
In the only other game on Thursday, the Pilot Grove boys fell to St. Andrews of Tipton 49-13.
Tournament action will continue tonight, with the Prairie Home girls playing Tuscumbia in the fifth place game at 5 p.m., followed by the Prairie Home boys versus Bunceton in the seventh place game at 6 and the Jamestown boys versus New Franklin B-team boys at 7.
In games on Saturday, the Jamestown girls will play New Franklin in the third place game at 10 a.m., followed by Tuscumbia boys versus Pilot Grove for third place at 11, Pilot Grove girls versus St. Andrews in the championship game at 12 noon and New Franklin boys versus St. Andrews for the title at 1 p.m.
The Pilot Grove girls, 3-0 on the season, led Jamestown from start to finish by taking a 22-11 lead into the half. The Lady Tigers also outscored the Eages 17-16 in the second half.
Pilot Grove coach Linda Scott said the girls came out strong with a good first half. “We saw a press for the first time this season and didn’t handle it well in the third, but we did a nice job in the fourth against the press,” said Pilot Grove coach Linda Scott. “Our press in the fourth was the difference in the game. The kids love to press and it really stepped up our game. We are putting up a lot of points for a junior high team. The girls really battled last night in a physical game. It’s nice to be moving into the finals of this tournament.”
Emma Sleeper led the scoring attack for Pilot Grove with 14 points. Kaitlyn Maggard chipped in 10 while Claria Roth added seven, Mari Lammers five and Grace Peterson with two points.
As for the New Franklin boys, they led Tuscumbia 31-6 at the half and then outscored the Lions 27-9 in the second half.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said it was a solid effort from all eight of the guys tonight. “We really executed well on both ends of the floor,” Schlotzhauer said. “I was impressed with our aggressiveness, while still protecting the rim on the defensive end. On the offensive end, we really played very unselfishly and moved the ball to the open man the entire game.”
Owen Curry had the game-high for New Franklin, who improved to 3-0, with 15 points. Keaton Eads chipped in 12, Clayton Wilmsmeyer eight, Sawyer Felten six, Connor Wilmsmeyer five, Tanner Bishop four and Jacob Marshall and Reidan Colon each with two points.
For Tuscumbia, Connor Burks had eight points.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, they trailed St. Andrews 30-10 at the half and 40-13 after three quarters of play.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the boys got a real test tonight. “St. Andrews was long and a very athletic group of kids,” Skaggs said. “We struggled passing through their length on the court versus their press. It was a great early season measuring tool for us and we won’t let it do anything, but make us better. We have a day of practice to tough up on a few things and then it is back to the court to put yesterday behind us.”
Jack Moon had 16 points and Jackson Bailey 11 for St. Andrews.
For Pilot Grove. Hank Zeller had five, Maddex Douglas three and Logan Goehman with two.
Wednesday’s game
New Franklin B (B) 45
Bunceton 18
Sven Wilson had 15 points and Drake Clark added 13, leading the New Franklin B-team boys junior high basketball team past Bunceton Wednesday night in the Prairie Home Tournament.
New Franklin’s B-team, improving to 1-1 on the season, opened the first half with a 25-9 lead against Bunceton and then outscored the Dragons 20-9 in the second half.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said the boys did a good job protecting the lane in this game. “I was very pleased with our hustle,” Schlotzhauer said. “I thought we learned a lot about how to move the ball. A couple of our guys listened well and made some very nice passes to get other teammates involved on the backside of the defense.”
Dylan Wells and Shaun Crowley each had four points while Gavin Eaton, Treyton Ginter and Gabe Hopper added two points each and Ryan August with one point.