Warsaw Defeats Pilot Grove In Sedalia Shootout

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
The Sedalia W-K Shootout held at State Fair Community College tries to evenly match teams in the area who normaly do not play each other during the regular season. On paper it looked like Warsaw at 4-3 would run over the 1-5 Pilot Grove ball club but it didn’t happen. The Pilot Grove Tigers held tough in their 60-53 loss to the Wildcats on Friday night.
The 9:00 PM game started out with two quick lead changes in a route to a Wildcat 11-9 first quarter lead thanks to a put back at the buzzer by Matt Luebbert.
Luebbert, who had 32 points on the night with nine rebounds helped Warsaw to a 29-22 led but the Tigers would get a goal tending call by Luebbert at the 1:19 mark and a basket by Sophomore Cole Meisenheimer to keep the game close at 26-32 at half. Mesierheimer,   a 6’1 center, had 26 to keep his team in the game.
Freshman Bailey Quint had ten points and was very impressive in handling the ball and finding the open man. Quint also scored at the buzzer of the third quarter on a drive from the length of the court to make the score 47-41. Warsaw failed to front the little guard and he had an open shot at the key.
The Tigers would make a run 48-43 at the five minute mark but the Wildcats would stretch their lead to 54-45 with 3:11 left. Freshman Trey  Palmer, who started his first game, was cold from the field and missed several open threes. However, Luebbert was bound and determined not to let his team lose as he nailed 3-4 free throws in the last two minutes of play.
Logan Davis would pick up his fourth foul  with 1:55 on the clock which was a cause for great concern as he had dribbled pass defenders all night long. Without his ball handling the Wildcats would had been in trouble. He also added 19 points to the cause.
The Tigers mounted one last surge at 59-53 but the Wildcats held on for the win and moved to 5-3 on the season.
Cole Branson had 2, Tyler Simons 3, Lane Bates 1 and Keegan Glenn 1, for the Wildcats.