You didn’t have to remind Bunceton or Prairie Home that they were playing Pilot Grove Tuesday night in Pilot Grove.
With the games in doubt due to the weather, the Bunceton/Prairie Home girls and the Pilot Grove boys still put on a clinic with double-digit victories.
The Lady Dragons defeated Pilot Grove 55-43 while the Pilot Grove boys upended Prairie Home/Bunceton by a score of 71-53.
Bunceton coach Dustin Ray said the girls came out and did what they needed to do to get a win.  “This was not our prettiest game but a win is a win,” Ray said. We had to have a few people play different positions due to illness and foul trouble, and they did exactly what they were supposed to do.  Very proud of the continuous effort and work these ladies are putting in.”
The Lady Dragons definitely meant business early on while jumping out to a 16-6 first quarter lead. However, in the second quarter, Pilot Grove rallied back with a 13-8 advantage to cut the lead to five at 24-19. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they never got any closer in the ballgame as Bunceton/Prairie Home outscored Pilot Grove 32-24 in the second half for the win.
Pilot Grove coach Linda Scott said it was a good effort from the girls but once again they were behind after the first quarter.
“The last-three quarters were 39-37, and we battled back, but we just can’t play four quarters at a high level of play,” Scott said. “I thought we rebounded well, but Bunceton is a huge team and every player can score. They are playing as well as they have all season. I didn’t think we reacted well on defense to cover threes. It seemed like we were one step slow all night. Offensively, we just missed too many shots in the first quarter at point blank range.”
Maggie Wood led all scorers for Bunceton/Prairie Home with 16 points along with four rebounds, four steals and one assist.
Kelsey Watson finished the game with 14 points, nine steals, three rebounds and two assists while Madison Brown added nine points, two assists and one steal, Cara Bishop five points, five rebounds, four steals and one assist, Madelynn Myers four points, six rebounds, two steals and one assist, Reagan Triebsch four points, one rebound and one steal, Maddie Brandes two points and five rebounds and Ashlyn Twenter with one point, one rebound and one assist.
The Bunceton/Prairie Home girls also finished the game, hitting 18 of 45 shots from the field for 40 percent and 11 of 27 from the foul line for 41 percent.
For Pilot Grove, who dropped to 4-11 on the season, Grace Phillips had 17 points. Natalie Glenn chipped in nine, Marci Lammers five, Abby Schupp and Natalie Rentel four each and Reagan McFatrich and Kaitlyn Maggard each with two points.
As for the Pilot Grove boys basketball team, head coach Derek Skaggs said the Tigers hit their second most consistent part of their schedule since December 13 with all of this weather.
“I think our kids did a great job of showing that tonight in the contest,” Skaggs said. “We played well in all aspects of the game. We just hope the weather stays north and we can maintain our level of confidence.”
The Tigers were definitely consistent through four quarters while leading Prairie Home/Bunceton 25-12 after one, 39-24 at the half and 56-39 after three. Meanwhile, in the final period, Pilot Grove outscored Prairie Home/Bunceton 15-14.
Hayden Krumm had the hot hand for Pilot Grove with 19 points. Cole Meisenheimer chipped in 18, Kealin Vinson 14, Bailey Quint 13, Dylan Schupp three, Dade Christy two and Seth Blumhorst with one.
For Prairie Home, who dropped to 12-8 on the season, Jason Burnett finished the game with 17 points, two rebounds and one steal. Kassen Lock chipped in 10 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals while Clayton Pethan added eight points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists, Alex Rhode eight points, five rebounds and one assist, Hunter Shuffield four points and two rebounds, Dillon Alpers three points, four rebounds and one steal and Blane Petsel with three points, three rebounds and one assist.
Prairie Home coach Trever Huth said the boys came out flat in the first quarter and could never recover from that. “It was hard to get going and get back into the game after starting off so badly,” Huth said. “We just didn’t move well at all offensively or defensively, either. We let them control the game from start to finish and just couldn’t get momentum on our side.”