The Pilot Grove girls junior high basketball team dropped a heartbreaker on the road Monday night against Jamestown, losing by a score of 33-31.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, they had a bad second and third quarter in a 43-31 loss against the Eagles.
The Lady Tigers, dropping to 3-2 on the season, led Jamestown 8-6 after first period’s end but was outscored 12-6 in the second quarter to trail 18-14 at the half. The Lady Eagles also held a 7-6 advantage in the third quarter to extend the lead to 25-20. However, in the final period, Pilot Grove rallied back with a 11-8 scoring edge to cut the lead to two.
Pilot Grove coach Linda Scott said the team started off in fouble trouble and it controlled their play all game. “We seemed one step off all night, plus we had a bad shooting night,” Scott said. “Shots just rolled off the rim over and over again. The largest lead in the game was five points. Each team went back and forth with the lead. We came out and tied the game in the third quarter but allowed Jamestown to go ahead by five at the end of the quarter. We did everything right in the fourth and had it tied late. Jamestown scored on a walk that sent them ahead for good, however, I thought we battled hard the last three minutes. We had the layup we wanted with 5 seconds on the clock but once again it fell off the rim. We are two teams that play even each time we play.”
Emma Sleeper had the team-high for Pilot Grove with 16 points. Marci Lammers and Kaitlyn Maggard chipped in six points each while Claria Mae Roth added two and Lauren Krumm with one.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, they also had a good first quarter while playing Jamestown to a 11-11 tie. However the next two quarters was all Jamestown as the Eagles outscored the Tigers 13-4 in the second and 13-7 in the third to lead 37-22. Meanwhile, in the final period, Pilot Grove rallied back with a 9-6 advantage to cut the lead back to 12.
“We came out and fought all game, but we just lost the war on the boards,” said Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs. “They were a bit bigger than us which allowed them to get second chance points. They also shot the ball extremely well in the first half connecting on 5 of 6 three pointers. Some games you just have to credit the other team for playing better and this was one of those games. I was pleased with the fight that we continued to put up. This will be one of those games that we get again and can use as a measuring stick to see what we have gained over the course of the season.”
Skyler Duncan had 16 points and Landon Allen 15 to lead Jamestown.
For Pilot Grove, who dropped to 3-2 on the season, Maddex Douglas tossed in 17 points. Ian Sprick, Logan Goehman and Tate Rentel each had four points while Alec Schupp chipped in two.