Jaida Gray scores 27 points
Jaida Gray scored 27 points against Boonville Saturday, breaking the career 1,000 point mark and leading the North Callaway girls to a 57-39 victory over the previously undefeated Pirates.
The Thunderbirds improve to 4-1 with the victory to win the the Centralia Tournament for the second consecutive year.
"We wanted to come out and defend our tournament title and we did," North Callaway coach Matt Miller said.
The Thunderbirds trailed 13-12 at the end of the first quarter but outscored the Pirates 17-13 in the second to lead at the half, 29-26. The Thunderbirds scored 17 points in the third quarter and held the Pirates to four to blow the game open before an 11-9 fourth quarter sealed the victory.
"In the second half we came out and did a better job at blocking out. We only gave them one shot at the basket and we shot the ball well," Miller said. "If you do those things, you're going to win some games.
Gray contributed four steals in addition to her 27 points. Maddie Sorrell had 12 points and six rebounds and Elaine Brinker had nine points and six assists. Tara Overlag was a key defensive contributor for the Thunderbirds with six rebounds. Gray, Sorrell and Brinker were named to the all-tournament team for their efforts.
The Thunderbirds return to conference play tonight, hosting the Clopton Hawks.
The North Callaway boys finished fifth in the Centralia Tournament after beating the Southern Boone County Eagles 51-42 Saturday.
"I'm very happy with the team's performance," head coach Tim Turlington said. "It's always good to win."
The Thunderbirds led 29-17 at the half. They were outscored 10-7 in the third quarter, but held on to the win with a 15-15 fourth quarter.
Brett Metcalf was the Thunderbirds' leading scorer with 15 points. Miguel Hudson scored 12 points.
The Thunderbirds improve to 2-3 with the win. They return to conference play Tuesday, hosting Clopton.