As expected when a No. 2 seed faces a No. 7 seed, the higher seeded team usually comes out on top.
That was the case Tuesday night in the opening round of the Wildcat Classic in Slater as the Pilot Grove Lady Tigers cruised to a 63-29 win over the Slater Wildcats.
In other games on Tuesday,, the No. 3 Santa Fe girls defeated Glasgow 39-24 while the No. 2 Fayette boys upended Jamestown 63-35. In the No. 3 versus No. 6 matchup, the Sweet Springs Greyhounds knocked off Sacred Heart 72-65.
As for the Pilot Grove girls, who improved to 13-2 on the season, head coach Linda Scott said the girls totally controlled the game from start to finish.
“All 11 players played well,” Scott said. “We attacked the basket in all ways tonight. I also thought we drove more to the basket. We had nine players score and five had six or more points. Grace Phillips had a great all-around game. I also thought Chloe Schlotzhauer had a great game, which now makes it two  back to back. Her effort was outstanding in both games. Melanie Wolfe broke out of her shooting slump tonight. She put in extra time Monday night after practice and it paid off for her tonight.
“We had super passing, which led to easy baskets. Denae Lammers came out of the bench to have a super game by scoring eight points. Emily Schupp had a solid night as well by leading us in scoring and rebound. I wondered how we would bounce back after a very tough loss at the buzzer last Friday against Macks Creek, but we came out with super mental toughness tonight. Everyone played well and I thought we played with super effort end line to end line on every play.”
The Lady Tigers definitely left little doubt against the much more inexperienced Slater squad  by scoring the game’s first 12 points and leading 20-3 after first period’s end.
Pilot Grove’s defense was also on target against Slater in the first half while forcing 16 turnovers while committing just six of their own.
But if that wasn’t enough, seven different players scored in the first half for the Lady Tigers with senior Emily Schupp pitching in nine, Grace Phillips seven and Melanie Wolfe with five.
Pilot Grove also opened the second quarter with a 6-0 run and then closed out the final three minutes with six straight to lead Slater 33-6 at the half.
While outscoring Slater 13-3 in the second, the Lady Tigers had little drop off to start the second half with a 21-9 advantage to extend the lead to 39 at 54-15. Schupp also did most of her damage in the third quarter with 10 points. Meanwhile, with most of the starters on the bench in the final period with a running clock, Slater came back and outscored Pilot Grove 14-9 to cut the lead back to 34.
Schupp finished the game with 19 points along with eight rebounds and five steals.
Wolfe added 10 points, three rebounds and two assists while Phillips chipped in nine points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists, Danae Lammers eight points, two steals and one rebound, Chloe Schlotzhauer six points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals, Aryn Lorenz four points, one rebound, one steal and one assist, Natalie Rentel four points, three rebounds and one steal, Natalie Glenn two points, four rebounds and three steals, Abby Schupp one point and four rebounds, Reagan McFatrich one assist and Leah Vollrath with one steal.
For Slater, Emilee Grimes led all scorers with 13 points.
Tigers fall in opening round in Wildcat Classic against Glasgow
After beating the Glasgow Yellowjackets in overtime back in December, Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs knew the Yellowjackets would be seeking revenge Monday night in the opening round of the Wildcat Classic in Slater.
He was right as the Yellowjackets jumped on the Tigers early and never relinquished the lead for a convincing 71-54 victory.
Skaggs said the defense needs to find a heartbeat over the next couple games. “We can’t allow teams to score over 60 points on us,” Skaggs said. “The next few games should give us an opportunity to get back out and focus on what we do best.”
While both teams are no strangers to each other since both play in the Central Activities Conference, the Yellowjackets learned from their last loss against Pilot Grove to lead the Tigers 17-12 after first period’s end and 34-20 at the half. However in the third quarter, Pilot Grove stormed back with a 20-12 advantage to cut Glasgow’s lead down to six at 46-40. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they had no answer for Glasgow in the final period as the Yellowjackets roared back with a 25-14 scoring edge for the win.
Adria Hamilton had 28 points and Briar Boss 20 for Glasgow.
For Pilot Grove, who dropped to 7-8 overall, Bailey Quint and Gavin Shepherd each had 14 points while Cole Meisenheimer dropped in 11, Bo Vinson six, Lucas Fahrendorf five and Kealin Vinson with four.