Pilot Grove boys fall to Jamestown, 65-57

Pilot Grove Lady Tigers basketball coach Linda Scott has been waiting patiently for the offense to step up this season.
That time came Monday night at home against the Jamestown Eagles as the Lady Tigers had three players in double figures for a 64-62 victory.
The win put the Lady Tigers at 5-13 overall.
“I thought we had good team effort by all of the team,” Scott said. “I made a few changes in the lineup tonight and I think it helped. But we still need to put away teams when we get ahead early. This was by far our best effort of the season and a good win for the team. We had three players in double figures and finished the game with 41 rebounds-19 offensive. We also finished the game with 17 assists and seven steals.”
Scott had no complaints early on as Pilot Grove raced out to a 22-10 first-quarter lead against Jamestown.
Part of that reason was the play of senior Natalie Rentel, who scored eight of her team-high 18 points in the opening quarter.
Unfortunately for the Lady Tigers, they were unable to keep up the pace offensively. Pilot Grove also had trouble stopping sophomore Ginna Meisenheimer in the second period.
While the Lady Eagles outscored Pilot Grove 19-11 in the second quarter to cut the lead to four (33-29) at the half, Meisenheimer was one of the reasons why Jamestown was able to rally back with 14 of the team’s 19 points.
Of course the Lady Tigers shut Meisenheimer down in the third quarter with only three points while extending the lead to seven at 49-42.
Pilot Grove also held a 16-13 advantage in the third quarter.
But the old saying that it’s hard to keep a good player down was right on in this case as Meisenheimer keyed a fourth-quarter rally with 11 of the team’s 20 points.
Jamestown also had the lead at one point at 62-60 after a basket by Meisenheimer with 41 seconds left. However, after a basket by Marci Lammers to tie the game at 62-all, the Lady Eagles blew their one opportunity with a turnover on the other end. Grace Phillips then closed out the game with 10 seconds left by hitting 2 of 2 foul shots.
Natalie Rentel led all scorers for Pilot Grove with 18 points along with 12 rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Marci Lammers finished the game with 15 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal while Reagan McFatrich added 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal, Grace Phillips eight points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals, Leah Vollrath five points, four rebounds and one assist, Abby Schupp three points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal, Natalie Glenn two points, nine rebounds and two assists and Danae Lammers with one rebound.
Meisenheimer finished the game with 29 for Jamestown while Maddie Sedgwick chipped in 14.
As for the Pilot Grove boys basketball team, they also knew the game against the Jamestown Eagles was basically for the No. 2 seed in the upcoming district tournament.
With St. Elizabeth more than likely to pull the No. 1 seed in the district, that left Jamestown and Pilot Grove battling for the next spot along with Prairie Home, Chamois.
As it turned out, the Eagles used a big second half to pull away from Pilot Grove for a 65-57 victory.
The win improved Jamestown’s record to 12-8 overall while Pilot Grove dropped to 8-10.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the loss broke the Tigers win streak against a solid Jamestown team.
“We played well but couldn’t get any continuity going in the second half,” Skaggs said. “Their big man, Christian Snyder, played really well and we just didn’t have an answer for him. No time to seat it, though, we have a Glasgow team coming in tonight that would love to beat us on Senior Night. We have to bounce back and be ready to play.”
Christian Snyder was one of the reasons for the Eagles win over Pilot Grove after tossing in a game-high 33 points. Mack Sorrells also played a huge role with all 12 of his points coming in the second half.
For Pilot Grove, Bailey Quint finished the game with 21 while Bo Vinson had 13, Kealin Vinson nine, Dade Christy five, Cole Meisenheimer four, Dylan Schupp two and Hayden Krumm with two.
Needless to say, it was Snyder who led the offensive attack in the first half for the Eagles. Although the Tigers led 14-10 after one quarter, Snyder had already asserted himself on the offensive end with six of the team’s 10 points.
Snyder finished the first half with 17 points.
As for Pilot Grove, they played about as well as they could have in the first half. After outscoring Jamestown 16-15 in the second period, the Tigers took a five point lead (30-25) into the half.
Junior Bailey Quint was also have a workmanlike half for Pilot Grove with 15 of the team’s 30 points.
Quint had nine of the team’s 16 points in the second quarter.
Both teams also played to five ties in the first half with neither team leading by more than four points.
Unfortunately for Pilot Grove, they had no answer for Sorrells in the second half. Sorrells hit three threes in the third quarter as the Eagles held a 21-11 advantage to lead by five at 46-41.
Jamestown also went on a 12-2 run during a two minute stretch late in the third to go from trailing 34-31 to lead 43-36 with 1:15 left.
Although the Tigers still had a fighting chance, that, too, was thrown out the window to start the fourth quarter after Sorrells and Snyder hit back to back threes to extend the lead to 11 at 52-41. Snyder also converted on a three-point play on the Eagles next possession to push the lead to 55-41 with 5:14 left.
The 9-0 run by Jamestown was pretty much the nail on the coffin. But even then the Tigers had a chance after cutting the lead to three (57-54) after a three by Dade Christy with 1:52 remaining.
Pilot Grove was haunted by missed opportunities after that with four straight misses at the foul line. The Tigers also had a charging call that could have cut into Jamestown’s lead.
The Tigers never got any closer than six in the final minute as Jamestown closed out the game at the foul line.

Pilot Grove Lady Tigers basketball coach Linda Scott has been waiting patiently for the offense to step up this season.
That time came Monday night at home against the Jamestown Eagles as the Lady Tigers had three players in double figures for a 64-62 victory.
The win put the Lady Tigers at 5-13 overall.
“I thought we had good team effort by all of the team,” Scott said. “I made a few changes in the lineup tonight and I think it helped. But we still need to put away teams when we get ahead early. This was by far our best effort of the season and a good win for the team. We had three players in double figures and finished the game with 41 rebounds-19 offensive. We also finished the game with 17 assists and seven steals.”