The Pilot Grove girls basketball team have what they now call a winning streak after back to back wins over the Jamestown Eagles and Glasgow Yellowjackets.
While the season has been a roller coaster for the Lady Tigers this season, Pilot Grove had reason to celebrate Tuesday night while rallying past Glasgow with a big third quarter en route to a 50-46 victory.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, they fell at home for the second night in a row against Glasgow 59-55.
The Lady Tigers, 6-13 overall and 4-2 in the Central Activities Conference, opened the first quarter with a 11-7 lead but was outscored 16-10 in the second period to trail 23-21 at the half. The second half was also close as Pilot Grove held a 21-16 advantage to go up by three at 42-39. Meanwhile, in the fourth quarter, the Lady Tigers outscored Glasgow 8-7 to win by four.
Pilot Grove coach Linda Scott said this same team beat them by 24 two weeks ago in the Slater Tournament.
“I thought we were tired inside tonight, but everyone hit the boards hard,” Scott said. “Our defense was super in the second half. I also thought we rebounded well with 34 boards and battled to the end. On an individual note, Natalie Glenn had a good night with 10 points and nine rebounds.”
Scott said Pilot Grove hit four free throws in the final minute to win the game. She said Marci Lammers hit 1 of 2 foul shots with 51 seconds left, and then Grace Phillips hit 1 of 2 shots with 31 seconds remaining to put Pilot Grove up by two. Then, with 2.2 seconds left, Scott said the Lady Tigers hit 2 of 2 shots to seal the game with a four point victory.
Phillips led all scorers for Pilot Grove with 12 points, five rebounds, five assists and one steal.
Natalie Glenn finished the game with 10 points, nine rebounds, four steals and one assist while Marci Lammers added 10 points, three rebounds and one assist, Natalie Rentel eight points, five rebounds and one assist, Reagan McFatrich six points, five rebounds and two assists and Abby Schupp with four points, seven rebounds and one assist.
For Glasgow, Brenna Hubbard had 18 and Malia Carmack with 17.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, they had a slow start while trailing Glasgow 18-7 after one. But from then on, the Tigers rallied back to close the gap by outscoring the Yellowjackets 15-10 in the second quarter to make it a six point ballgame at 28-22. Pilot Grove also held a 18-14 advantage in the third quarter to cut the lead to two at 42-40. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they were unable to get over the hump as Glasgow came out and outscored Pilot Grove 17-15 in the final period.
“We took a tough loss to Glasgow tonight, but I know the guys will bounce back,” said Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs. “We had some opportunities, but things just didn’t bounce our way in the end. Proud of their effort and energy in the last three weeks. We had a chance to celebrate some great seniors tonight and we are going to push on as long as we can with them. We embrace the challenges ahead.”
Drew Sanders had 20 to lead all scorers for Glasgow while Antwaun Herriford chipped in 13.
For Pilot Grove, Bailey Quint had 20, Kealin Vinson and Cole Meisenheimer 13 each, Bo Vinson four, Dylan Schupp three, Seth Blumhorst and Hayden Krumm each with two and Dade Christy with one.