Slater boys beat Pilot Grove 72-56

After a rough start to the 2020 season, the Pilot Grove Lady Tigers basketball team has suddenly caught fire with back to back wins for the first time this season.
After beating Glasgow by five on Monday, the Lady Tigers came back the following night with a big second half rally against Slater for a 51-44 victory.
The Lady Tigers, 3-7 overall and 2-0 in the Central Activities Conference, trailed Slater 16-5 after first period’s end before rallying back with a 14-9 advantage in the second quarter to cut the lead to six at 25-19. Pilot Grove also held a 20-8 advantage in the third quarter to go up 39-33. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Lady Tigers outscored Slater 12-11 to win the game by seven.
Pilot Grove coach Linda Scott said the girls are playing much harder on both ends of the court.
“We always start off so slow,” Scott said. “We are so young that we have to learn what it takes to win. I wish we would make it easy on ourselves in the first half, but we are growing each game and we are improving on defense each night. We’re also scoring more points. We want to be a force by the end of the season and the district tournament.
Grace Phillips led the Lady Pirates with 19 points along with eight assists, four steals and one rebound.
Natalie Glenn finished the game with 18 points, eight rebounds and three steals while Marci Lammers added seven points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal, Reagan McFatrich seven points and three rebounds, Natalie Rentel eight rebounds and one assist, Leah Vollrath three rebounds and two assists and Danae Lammers with one rebound.
For Slater, Emilee Grimes had 17 and Abby Uhlich with 10.
In the JV girl’s game, Slater defeated Pilot Grove 20-10.
The Lady Tigers led Slater 7-6 after first period’s end but was outscored 14-3 in the second quarter.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, they fell to Slater 72-56.
The Tigers, 3-7 on the season and 0-3 in the Central Activities Conference, trailed Slater 26-12 after one, 42-24 at the half and 60-37 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Pilot Grove outscored Slater 19-12.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the Tigers faced one of the toughest teams in our conference.
“Credit to Slater as they are very talented group of kids,” Skaggs said. “We came out to a strong 12-6 start until they went on nearly a 20-0 run to close out the first quarter. We got caught up with their speed and their press early in the game and against great teams we can’t do that. I thought our second half with them was much more controlled for us so that was nice to see as we have been struggling for consistency. We are accustomed to this conference and the strength of it. We know where our focus is and we couldn’t ask for any better preparation from our schedule. Of course we want to win a few more games along the way, but right now there is a ton of learning going on amongst our group.”
Keegan Zybel had 23 and Jakobie Breshears 14 for Slater.
For Pilot Grove, Cole Meisenheimer had 22, Kealin Vinson 13, Hayden Krumm eight, Bailey Quint five, Dade Christy four and Luke Kollmeyer and Dylan Schupp each with two.