The Pilot Grove boys and girls basketball team have definitely seen better days, that’s for sure.
After dropping two over the weekend in a makeup game at Glasgow, the Tigers and Lady Tigers suffered yet two more defeats at the hands of the Cairo Bearcats by the scores of 66-36 and 65-43, respectively.
Of course these two losses probably sting a little more since they were at home.
While the loss dropped the Lady Tigers to 16-6 overall and 4-3 in the CAC, head coach Linda Scott said the girls played much better against Cairo.
“Our effort was their but our we didn't shoot well in the middle quarters,” Scott said. “Cairo is a super shooting team.    Melanie Wolfe played her best game of the season.  Melanie really played well in all phrases of the game at a high level.   It was nice to see her have a game like this going into the last week of our season.  Emily Schupp  also  scored well.  Our two Natalie's came off the bench to play very well.   We  took a step forward tonight to get us off this losing streak.”
Although Cairo and Pilot Grove closed out the first quarter tied at 13-all, it was pretty much all Lady Bearcats after that while taking a 27-17 lead into the half. Cairo also outscored Pilot Grove 38-26 in the final two periods to win the game by 22.
McKenzie Dubbert and Keegan Ryan each had 18 points in the game for Cairo.
For Pilot Grove, Melanie Wolfe finished the game with 17 points. Emily Schupp chipped in 14 while Natalie Rentel added four, Chloe Schlotzhauer three, Grace Phillips and Aryn Lorenz each with two and Natalie Glenn with one.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, they actually led Cairo 9-8 after one quarter but couldn’t hold on to the lead as the Bearcats rallied back with a 58-27 advantage for the rest of the game to win by 30.
“Cairo is a team that has five great pieces and they are long and tall,” said Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs. “We did exactly what we wanted to in the first quarter and then they made an adjustment  that we couldn’t counter balance. We were very undersized and they got too many second chance opportunities. We knew this would be a tough week and we hope to bounce back tonight against New Franklin.”
Jacob Davis had 16 and Alex Zike 13 for Cairo.
For Pilot Grove, who dropped to 10-12 overall and 3-4 in the CAC, Bailey Quint had 12, Gavin Shepherd 10, Lucas Fahrendorf five, Laben Twenter four, Dylan Schupp three and Kealin Vinson and Bo Vinson each with two points.