Lady Tigers fall to Sturgeon, 50-43

The Bunceton/Prairie Home girls and the Prairie Home/Bunceton boys basketball teams mirrored each other Wednesday night in the consolation semifinals in the New Franklin Invitational Tournament.
While the Lady Dragons beat Westran 51-29 behind the hot shooting of junior Kelsey Watson with 12 points, the Prairie Home/Bunceton boys won 53-44 over the Pilot Grove Tigers to move on to the consolation finals.
The Pilot Grove girls also fell short in their game against Sturgeon 50-43 while the Community boys upended Sweet Springs 66-43.
Bunceton girls, 8-5 on the season, outscored Westran in all four quarters and led 22-15 at the half and 30-21 after three quarters of play. The Lady Dragons also outscored the Hornets 21-8 in the final period to win by 22.
Bunceton coach Dustin Ray said the girls pulled out a team win. “Scoring was spread throughout the roster, which is great to see,” Ray said. “I’m proud of the girls for bouncing back after taking two tough losses in a row. Hopefully this is what we needed to get us back on track.”
In addition to scoring 12 points, Watson also had six rebounds and two steals.
Chloe Moser finished the game with nine points, eight rebounds, one steal and one assist while Cara Bishop added nine points, three steals, one rebound and one assist, Ashlyn Twenter seven points and eight rebounds, Madison Brown six points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist, Reagan Triebsch four points, Maggie Wood two points, five steals, four rebounds and four assists, Madelynn Myers two points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist and Maddie Brandes with five rebounds, two assists and one steal.
For Westran, Dylan Perry and Haley Untiedt each had nine points.
As for the Prairie Home/Bunceton boys, they led Pilot Grove 13-11 after one, 28-20 at the half and 40-31 after three quarters of play. Both teams put in 13 points in the final period.
“We came together and played as a team again tonight,” said Prairie Home coach Trever Huth. “We moved the ball around well on offense. Pilot Grove did a good job in speeding us up on the offensive end several times to get us out of our game. Our boys did well to improve on still taking our time and running our game. Defensively we stepped it up tonight with everything. Was a game win to take on the season and hope to bring it again in the nest coming game.”
Kassen Lock had 14 points, five rebounds, two steals and two assists for Prairie Home, 7-6.
Clayton Pethan finished the game with a double-double with 13 points, 14 rebounds, two steals, two assists and two blocked shots while Jason Burnett had 10 points, two rebounds and one steal, Ty Stidham six points, four rebounds and two assists, Alex Rhode five points, five rebounds and two steals, Hunter Shuffield three points and two rebounds and Dillon Alpers with two points, three rebounds and one assist.
For Pilot Grove, who dropped to 3-5, Cole Meisenheimer had 13, Bailey Quint and Hayden Krumm each with eight, Dade Christy five, Luke Kollmeyer and Kealin Vinson three each and Bo Vinson and Dalton Reuter with two points apiece.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the boys are struggling as they open up the back half of our season.
“It is something I know we will pull through, but like I told the boys, we are back to the beginning of trying to find five guys that are going to get the job done for us. We are fortunate to be in a position where we have 9-10 guys that have a chance to figure that out,” Skaggs said. “It makes for pretty solid practices throughout the year. One thing about our schedule for the remainder is that we don’t have any time to dwell or celebrate  on a game in the past.  We close out three games per week through the remainder of the season and have to be ready in a limited amount of time. Everynight we are playing for something even if we are playing for seventh place.”
As for the Pilot Grove girls, they actually led Sturgeon 21-16 at the half and 30-26 after three quarters of play. However, in the final period, Sturgeon rallied back with a 24-13 advantage to record its first win of the season.
Pilot Grove coach Linda Scott said the girls were sluggish all game. “We just had no fire in our play,” Scott said. “I thought we played our best game of the season on Tuesday, but took a step backwards tonight. Just an off night all the way around.”
Cade McMorris, Jalissa Woods and Alayna Hall each had 12 points for Sturgeon.
For Pilot Grove, Grace Phillips tossed in 13 points. Natalie Glenn had eight, Reagan McFatrich seven, Marci Lammers five, Abby Schupp and Natalie Rentel each with three and Leah Vollrath and Danae Lammers with two points apiece.