Bailey Quint led three players in double figures with 21 points as the Pilot Grove boys basketball team defeated Community 61-37 in Central Activities Conference action Friday night in Pilot Grove.
The Lady Tigers fell to state-ranked Community 69-29.
The Pilot Grove boys, improving to 8-9 overall and 1-4 in the CAC, outscored Community in all four quarters and led 13-5 after one, 29-15 at the half and 50-32 after three quarters of play. The Tigers also outscored Community 11-5 in the final period.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the defense really set the table tonight.
“We had two quarters where we only allowed five points in each the first and fourth,” Skaggs said. “It is great to have the confidence that we have been working so hard to create. No matter what 5 guys we have on the court they are finding ways to be successful defensively and offensively. Tonight we closed out a strong three win week. We get the next two weeks to try and do the same thing.”
Hayden Krumm finished the game with 12 points for the Tigers while Kealin Vinson added 11, Cole Meisenheimer eight, Dylan Schupp four, Dade Christy three and Bo Vinson with two.
For Community, Danny Kenda had 12 and Caden Escamilla with 11.
As for the Lady Tigers, who dropped to 4-13 overall and 3-2 in the CAC, they trailed Community 39-9 at the half and 59-22 after three quarters of play. Community also outscored Pilot Grove 10-7 in the final period.
Pilot Grove coach Linda Scott said Community has everyone back from a third place team in state last year.
“They are much better this year,” Scott said. “Everyone can score and did score on their team tonight. They physically beat us tonight. We were in foul problems 60 seconds into the game. However, I thought we had some good play from our bench. Marci Lammers and Natalie Glenn really battled every play. They wanted to prove they could play with this team. We need to regroup and come up with a win in our next game.”
Natalie Thomas and Dalaney Bowers each had 14 points in the game for Community, who had 11 players score in the game.
The Pilot Grove boys and girls also played Friday night on the road against Santa Fe, with the Tigers winning 70-52 and the Lady Tigers falling by a score of 63-35.
The Pilot Grove boys led Santa Fe from the first quarter on by taking a 37-25 lead into the half. The Tigers also outscored Santa Fe 33-27 in the second half.
“The guys are finding confidence in each other and playing really well,” Skaggs said. “Our  offensive production is coming from multiple members and we had four different guys in double figures the last two games. We also have won four of our last five and hope to closeout with a three game win week.”
Cole Meisenheimer led four players in double figures for Pilot Grove with 20 points. Hayden Krumm chipped in 12, Bailey Quint 11, Bo Vinson 10, Dade Christy six, Kealin Vinson five, Seth Blumhorst four and Isaiah Quick with two.
For Santa Fe, Hunter Ballenger and Drew Schmidt each had 18 points.
As for the Pilot Grove girls, they fell on the road against Santa Fe 63-35.
Santa Fe outscored Pilot Grove in all but one quarter and led 30-6 after one, 42-20 at the half and 56-26 after three quarters of play. The Lady Chiefs also held a 15-9 advantage in the final period.
Coach Scott said Natalie Glenn had a super night and Marci Lammers worked hard and played a good all-around game.
“Our freshmen and sophomores are getting better every game,” Scott said. “They work hard every play. Defensively, I thought we played physically weak and allowed ourselves to be pushed around inside. Santa Fe is the best team we have played all year. There is really no weakness in their game. We are creating shots, but do not finish our shots. We had some kids that played hard all game, but we need every player to play hard on both ends of the floor every play. You make a mistake against this team, they score.”
Natalie Glenn and Natalie Rentel each had eight points to lead all scorers for Pilot Grove.
Glenn also finished the game with 11 rebounds, two assists and one steal while Rentel had two rebounds and one steal.
Marci Lammers contributed seven points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals while Leah Vollrath added seven points, four rebounds and one assist, Grace Phillips four points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals, Danae Lammers one point, Reagan McFatrich three assists and one rebound and Abby Schupp with two rebounds and one assist.
Santa Fe also won the JV girls game against Pilot Grove 18-14.
Scott said it’s good to get some playing time for the JV team.
“Every game we have had scheduled has been snowed out,” Scott said. “Kaitlyn Maggard played a super game with five points.  Leah Vollrath led the team with six points.  We hit 4/5 free throws.  We did some really nice plays during this game.  Super proud of these girls making us better every day in practice.”