The Pilot Grove Lady Tigers basketball team knew they would have to play their best to knock off top-seeded and Class 4 Marshall Saturday in the championship game of the Wildcat Classic in Slater.
Although the Lady Tigers put up a good fight in the first half, Marshall was just too tough down the stretch while outscoring Pilot Grove 30-8 in the second half for a 51-29 victory.
Pilot Grove coach Linda Scott said this was big school versus little school. “I thought we played an outstanding first half. We had a good game plan and worked it well, and then we got into foul problems in the third and fourth quarter. I told the coach before the game we had nothing to lose. He had no idea that we have less than 70 kids in our school. But this game helped us tonight. Every team we play from here on out is a top-rated team. We needed to play at this level. However we must start putting four good quarters together in order to win districts. That has been our main goal all season. We took second in a super tough tournament and played hard and learned a lot.”
The Lady Tigers held their own in the first half by matching Marshall with 21 points. Marshall won the first quarter 9-8 while Pilot Grove took the second with a 13-12 advantage. However it was pretty much all Marshall after that as the Lady Owls came out and outscored Pilot Grove 13-1 in the third quarter to go up 34-22 and then held a 17-7 advantage in the final period.
Kassidy Haying had 22 points to lead all scorers for Marshall.
For Pilot Grove, who dropped to 14-3 on the season, Emily Schupp and Chloe Schlotzhauer each had nine points in the game. Schupp also grabbed 12 rebounds and five steals while dishing out one assist while Schlotzhauer had seven rebounds, four assists and one steal.
Grace Phillips chipped in four points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist while Natalie Rentel added four points and two rebounds, Abby Schupp two points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist, Melanie Wolfe one point, four rebounds and two steals and Natalie Glenn with one steal.
Jamestown (B) 61
Pilot Grove 45
The Jamestown Eagles basketball team avenged an earlier loss by beating the Pilot Grove Tigers in the seventh place game of the Wildcat Classic Friday night in Slater.
The Tigers, dropping to 7-10 on the season, trailed throughout the game against Jamestown as the Eagles led 20-16 after one, 34-19 at the half and 48-33 after three. Meanwhile, in the final period, Jamestown outscored Pilot Grove 13-12.
“Their main guy, Rohrbach, played well for them,” said Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs. “Credit to Jamestown for responding after we beat them before Christmas break. For us, Cole got pushed to the bench with foul trouble and Gavin took a hard landing to his head that benched him about the same time in the 2nd quarter. It is tough for us to play without either of those guys on the floor and we were only able to get up 3 points in the second and those were Cole’s. We put this week behind us and get ready for another 3 game week. We start with 2 home games where we expect to get our feet back under us and finish up with Community at their place for homecoming. I believe the boys are eager to get this week going and put the past behind them.”
Clark Rohrbach had 29 and Snider 16 for Jamestown.
For Pilot Grove, Cole Meisenheimer tossed in 21. Gavin Shepherd added 11, Bailey Quint nine and Lucas Fahrendorf and Kealin Vinson each with two.