The Pilot Grove boys basketball team captured the third place trophy in the Slater Wildcat Class by beating Glasgow 54-50.
As for the Pilot Grove Lady Tigers basketball team, they won the seventh place game against Slater 32-31.
The Pilot Grove boys, 5-9 on the season, saved its best for last against Glasgow by rallying from a one point deficit after three with a 16-11 advantage in the final period.
Of course prior to the fourth, the Tigers were up and down against Glasgow. Pilot Grove led 17-8 after first period’s end but was outscored 20-8 in the second to trail by three (28-25) at the break. Meanwhile, in the second half, the Tigers cut the lead to one (39-38) by outscoring Glasgow 13-11. Then, in a back and forth fourth quarter, Pilot Grove surged ahead for good with a five point advantage.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the boys had a solid week of basketball at the Slater tournament.
“We didn’t take any nights off and took home some hardware by finishing third,” Skaggs said.
I’m proud of my guys and the bond that I can continue to see grow with them. They all want the end goal of winning and remain unselfish in how that happens. If we continue to play with the energy we had this week they will achieve great things. All week we had different guys step up for us, our bench regardless of who it is, is what makes us different.”
Cole Meisenheimer led seven players in scoring for Pilot Grove with 15 points. Kealin Vinson chipped in 13, Bailey Quint 11, Bo Vinson eight, Hayden Krumm three and Dade Christy and Seth Blumhorst each with two.
For Glasgow, Antwaun Herriford had 15 and De’Shonne Cowans with 11.
As for the Pilot Grove girls, who improved to 4-10 on the season, they also had a battle on their hands while trailing Slater 12-8 after first period’s end and 15-12 at the half. However, in the second half, the Lady Tigers found its groove offensively by outscoring the Wildcats 20-16 for the victory.
Pilot Grove coach Linda Scott said it took every player to win the game.
 “We battled in the second half to come from behind,” Scott said. “We have been missing our shots and because of that the girls are now scared to shoot. We are also passing way too much and not driving to the basket. We came through when it counted the most. Natalie Rentel got into foul problems right off the bat and we need her on the floor. We went inside in the second half. Rentel and Glenn had 19 of our 32 points. It’s nice to have our inside game back. Abby Schupp played some good minutes and this was probably her best since injuring her ankle before Christmas. It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win.”
Natalie Glenn had the high game for Pilot Grove with 12 points. Grace Phillips chipped in eight while Natalie Rentel added seven and Marci Lammers and Abby Schupp each with two.