The Pilot Grove boys and girls junior high basketball teams picked up two wins on the road Wednesday night by beating the Sweet Springs Greyhounds 48-36 and 51-18, respectively.
The Lady Tigers, improving to 8-6 on the season, outscored Sweet Springs in all four quarters and led 14-9 after one, 30-13 at the half and 42-17 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Pilot Grove held a 9-1 scoring edge to win the game by 33.
Pilot Grove coach Linda Scott said every player played super well all game. “We clicked on all phases of the game,” Scott said. “We played great defense, rebounded well and had great passing. We finally were able to run the floor as a team. We passed the ball on the run to the open man, finished the play with a score. We also hit our free throws. The girls played as a team tonight. Everyone played a lot and everyone scored. We are a team that presses and runs off turnovers. Super effort by everyone, with lots of smiles on our face. I’m super proud of these young ladies every game this year.”
Emma Sleeper had the game-high for Pilot Grove with 18 points. Kaitlyn Maggard tossed in 13 while Marci Lammers added eight, Ava Hoff with five, Lauren Krumm three and Maddie Watring and Grace Peterson each with two.
Sweet Springs was led by Allison Trostman with nine points.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, they had a little tougher time while leading Sweet Springs by just one (19-18) at the break. However in the third quarter, the Greyhounds rallied back with a 10-9 advantage to tie the game at 28-all. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Tigers had their best scoring quarter of the game by reeling off 20 points compared to just eight for Sweet Springs to win the game by 12.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said he was pleased with what the boys displayed on the court.
“We were right there in a close game for three quarters,” Skaggs said. “We made defensive adjustments and were able to lock them down in a full court press in the fourth quarter. The press allowed us to gain an advantage offensively and outscore them by 12 in the fourth. It was a great game as we gear up to closeout the season on Friday versus Bunceton.”
Ian Sprick had the team high for Pilot Grove, who improved to 6-8 on the season, with 15 points. Maddex Douglas chipped in 14 while  Logan Goehman added seven, Alec Schupp five, Hank Zeller three and Hayden Sleeper and Tate Rentel each with two.
Blake Schroeder led Sweet Springs with 19 points.