Pilot Grove boys win in overtime against the Yellowjackets 60-58
The Pilot Grove boys and girls basketball teams pulled off two big wins in the Central Activities Conference Tuesday night against Glasgow.
While the Lady Tigers improved to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the CAC with a 46-41 win over Glasgow, the Pilot Grove boys also picked up its first win in the conference by edging Glasgow in overtime 60-58.
Pilot Grove coach Linda Scott said defense was the name of the game against Glasgow.
“Both teams were in foul problems a lot of the game,” Scott said. “We fouled too much, missed way too many free throws but came out on top in a very physical game. Natalie Rentel and Natalie Glenn came off the bench to play very well for us, especially on the boards. We were able to stop Glasgow’s threes in the second half. Chloe Schlotzhauer had a nice game on both ends of the floor and played so hard every second of the game. Abby Schupp had her best game of the season with five steals. Grace Phillips once again hit key free throws late to ice the game. You have to love Grace late in the game. She wants the ball at the free throw line when the game is on the line. She is a super pressure freshman player. Again, this was a total team effort.”
With a total of 38 fouls called and 61 free throws in the game, Pilot Grove also played a little defense along the way while holding Glasgow scoreless the last 3:02. But even then the game was still to close to call as Pilot Grove led 13-11 after one and 25-23 at the half. Meanwhile, after outscoring the Lady Yellowjackets 10-7 in the third to extend the lead to 35-30, Pilot Grove came back and matched Glasgow with 11 in the final period for the win.
Emily Schupp had another big night for the Lady Tigers with 15 points along with nine rebounds, four steals and one assist.
Chloe Schlotzhauer chipped in 10 points, eight rebounds, three steals and one assist while Grace Phillips had eight points, five steals, two rebounds and two assists, Abby Schupp seven points, seven rebounds, five steals and three assists, Natalie Rentel three points and six rebounds, Aryn Lorenz two points and Natalie Glenn with one point, one rebound and one steal.
For Glasgow, Malia Carmack had 13 points.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, they controlled the first-two quarters against Glasgow while leading 14-9 after one and 28-18 at the half. However in the third quarter, the Yellowjackets rallied back with a 19-10 advantage to cut the lead to one at 38-37. Meanwhile, in the final period, Glasgow again outscored Pilot Grove 15-14 to tie the game at 52-all. The Tigers, however, got the upperhand in overtime by outscoring Glasgow 8-6 for the two point victory.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the guys played a heck of a game against Glasgow.
“We were knotted throughout the whole game and I had some bench guys really come in and play quality minutes for us,” Skaggs said. “We had timely possessions on the offensive side of the ball and there just isn’t enough good things that I can say about tonight. I’m proud of where we’re at thus far, but we are eager to battle and keep getting better. We have a few days here to get better in practice and then we finish off with Jamestown before break.”
Cole Meisenheimer finished the game with a season-high 25 points, which included hitting 6 of 9 free throws. Bailey Quint and Gavin Shepherd each had 13 points while Kealin Vinson chipped in seven and Lucas Fahrendorf with two.
For Glasgow, Adris Hamilton had 18 and De’Shonne Cowans with 17.
The Pilot Grove girls junior varsity basketball team also won against Glasgow 17-15 in overtime.
With the scored tied at 15-all after two quarters, Leah Vollrath hit the game winner to win by two for the Lady Tigers.
Aryn Lorenz had seven points to lead all scorers for Pilot Grove while Vollrath chipped in four points.
Coach Scott said both teams ran the floor well. “I thought we rebounded well and worked hard on defense,” Scott said of the JV team. “We were also able to tackle their press, which will only help us down the road. Aryn hit two threes while Leah hit the shot to win the game.”