If anybody needed a win in the Pilot Grove Tiger Classic, it was the Bunceton boys and girls basketball teams.
After last week’s loss at home against Climax Springs and Monday night’s setback against Prairie Home, the Bunceton boys basketball team finally had one go their way Tuesday night by beating Russellville 66-49. As for the Bunceton Lady Dragons, they won convincingly over Sedalia Sacred Heart 64-42 to wash away their double digit loss to Climax Springs at home last Friday.
In other games on Tuesday, Stover girls beat Prairie Home 59-42 while the Otterville boys upended Tuscumbia 61-51.
Tournament action will continue tonight, with Stover boysplaying Tuscumbia at 5:30 p.m. and Pilot Grove boys battling Otterville at 7.
The Bunceton boys, improving to 3-2 on the season, outscored Russellville in all four quarters and led 14-8 after one, 26-19 at the half and 47-32 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the fourth, the Dragons held a 19-18 advantage.
Bunceton coach Dustin Ray said the boys played a much better game. “We established our offense early and continued to keep in rhythm for the entire game,” Ray said. “Each person was a productive member of the game. All six of these guys played with a lot of heart to pull out a great team win. Now we wait to see how the remainder of the bracket unfolds.”
Dillon Alpers had 21 points, five rebounds and our steals to lead Bunceton, who finished the game just 9 of 18 from the foul line and 29 of 42 from the field.
Jason Burnett finished the game with 18 points, six rebounds, five assists and one steal while Hunter Shuffield added 11 points, eight rebounds, eight steals and two assists, Brayden Doyle six points, 14 rebounds and four assists, Layne Maddex six points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist and Dylan Flatt four points, three rebounds and three assists.
For Russellville, Nikolas Graham had 18 points.
As for the Bunceton girls, they led Sacred Heart 28-20 at the half and then outscored the Gremlins 36-22 in the second half for the victory.
Coach Ray said he was very proud of these girls and how they bounced back after three straight defeats. “Chloe Moser had a fantastic game by scoring a career high 25 points and getting another double-double. We did almost everything right in this game and were able to score a season high in points.”
Chloe Moser finished the game with a double-double for Bunceton, who improved to 1-3, with 25 points and 14 rebounds. She also had three assists.
Madelyn Myers tallied 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and one steal while Taylor Burnett added eight points, four assists, three rebounds and one steal, Taylyn Heilman six points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal, Cara Bishop five points, four rebounds and two assists, Maddie Brandes four points, four rebounds and one steal and Reagan Triebsch with three points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two steals.
For Sacred Heart, Grace Goodwin had 30 points.
As for the Prairie Home girls, they trailed Stover 29-18 at the half and 41-25 after three quarters of play before being outscored 18-17 in the final period.
Prairie Home coach Mark McLaughlin said the girls were slightly off shooting and Stover shot the ball well, especially in answer to steals, stops and scores to the Lady Panthers. “That was discouraging to the girls, but that’s how the game works,” McLaughlin said. “Glad to see Ashlyn Twenter perform well off the bench again. Kelsey and Maggie had good games as well.”
Maggie Wood had 15 points, five steals, three rebounds and one assist for Prairie Home, who dropped to 1-5 on the season. Kelsey Watson chipped in 13 points, nine rebounds, eight steals and two assists while Ashlyn Twenter added eight points, four rebounds and one steal, Kaelyn Crews four points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist, Paiton Williams one point and nine rebounds and Madison Bishop one point and eight rebounds.