The Pilot Grove boys and girls basketball team picked up a pair of wins Tuesday night at home by beating the Concordia Orioles by the scores of 61-49 and 56-34, respectively.
For the Lady Tigers, they improved to 2-0 on the season by leading Concordia 30-18 at the half and 44-21 after three.
Pilot Grove coach Linda Scott said she didn’t know what to expect against Concordia. “We hadn’t touched a basketball in six days,” Scott said. “I played eight girls a lot with everyone on the team seeing playing time. It took everyone to get this win. Rebounding is a key for us this year and tonight we had 37 total. We proved that we are going to be a total team this year. Chloe really carried us in the first half, scoring all of her points. She really had a solid game so I am super proud of her effort. Melanie Wolfe also had a good game. Mel is posting up well. We are going inside out much better than last year. This was a total team battle tonight. We went out as a team to win together. Our team work is getting better.”
Chloe Schlotzhauer led three players in double figures for Pilot Grove with 16 points along with six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Emily Schupp finished the game with 12 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two assists while Melanie Wolfe had 10 points, eight rebounds, two blocked shots and one assist, Grace Phillips eight points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals, Abby Schupp five points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one blocked shot, Reagan McFatrich three points, three rebounds, two steals and two assists and Natalie Rentel with two points, three rebounds and one steal.
For Concordia, Cate Cooper had 14 points and Kailey Ohrenberg 12.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, they trailed Concordia 18-8 after one and 28-20 at the half before rallying back with a 41-21 advantage in the second half.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said Concordia is a solid team that has length and one of the better Class 1 teams in the state this year.
“We buried ourselves early 2-18 and we slowly started making small runs at them before half,” Skaggs said. “We made some adjustments in our offense during the 3rd quarter that allowed us to attack the rim and tightened our defense up in the paint. I could see confidence grow in each kid as the game continued. I am pretty proud of our guys and we are battling one game at a time, tonight we finished one the right way.”
Cole Meisenheimer led three players in double figures for Pilot Grove, who improved to 1-1, with 18 points. Gavin Shepherd tossed in 16 while Bailey Quint had 13, Ethan Williams six and Lucas Fahrendorf and Kealin Vinson each with four.
For Concordia, Matt Gatewood had 16 points and Cameron Kelly nine.
The Pilot Grove boys and girls basketball teams will play next on Friday, Nov. 30th at Sturgeon starting at 5 p.m. Then, on Dec. 3-8, Pilot Grove will be the host of the annual Tiger Classic.