Lady Thunderbirds open EMO conference

The North Callaway Lady Thunderbirds basketball team opened EMO conference play with a win Monday night, beating the Clopton Hawks at home.
The Lady Thunderbirds improve to 4-1 with the win.
The Lady Thunderbirds led 12-8 at the end of the first quarter and extended the lead to 12 points in the second, but allowed the Hawks to cut the lead to just two points heading into the half.
"We did not play well in the second quarter," North Callaway coach Matt Miller said. "We built up a 12-point lead, but let Clopton cut it to two by halftime."
"At halftime I told the girls they really needed to step up on the defensive end. They really did a great job in the third quarter allowing just one, and several times no shots. The girls got steals that led to layups or easy baskets on the other end. It all started on the defensive end."
The Lady Thunderbirds held the Hawks to six points in third quarter while scoring 19 of their own. Clopton scored 18 in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Thunderbirds had 12 to secure the win 57-48.
Elaine Brinker was the leading scorer for the Lady Thunderbirds with 19 points and six assists.
Maddie Sorrell recorded a double-double, getting 14 points and 10 rebounds while also contributing three assists.
Tara Overlag had 10 points and Jaida Gray had five points and five steals.
In junior varsity action, the Lady Thunderbirds lost 26-24. Kaylee VanBoening was the leading scorer with nine points.
The Lady Thunderbirds return to EMO play Tuesday in Wellsville, where the game will have an early start at 5:30 p.m.

The Community R-6 Lady Trojans basketball team improved 3-1 on the road Monday, beating the Madison Panthers 46-29.
"It was good to get back on the court after not having a varsity contest last week," Lady Trojans coach Bob Curtis said. "We were a bit rusty but played very well in the third quarter outscoring Madison 14-4 in the frame. It was a good night to get everyone involved as we had eight different Lady Trojans score."
The Lady Trojans rushed out to an early 11-4 lead at the end of the first, extending the lead to 23-12 at the half.
The Panthers only outscored the Lady Trojans in the fourth quarter, but their lead was too great and the Panthers could not catch-up.
Samm Jett was the Lady Trojans' leading scorer with 21 points.
Emmalee McCoskey had seven points and 12 rebounds.
"Tonight was a game we had to just attack the rim as we struggled from the field and the line," Curtis said. "Several times in the second half we got all the way to the rim and finished some layups that helped jump start our offense."
The Community R-6 Trojans varsity boys team also left Madison with a win, beating the Panthers 55-28.
The Trojans led 35-10 at the half and extended the lead 50-23 at the end of the third quarter.
"We really pounded the board tonight and had 18 offensive rebounds," Trojans coach Kenneth Jett said.
Conner Brooks led the Trojans in scoring with 20 points.
Clay Thebeau had 10 points and Anthony Fairchild had eight rebounds.
Both teams open conference play Tuesday night when they host the Wright City Wildcats.