Late game comebacks, blowouts spur Thunderbirds

The North Callaway Thunderbirds were busy last night. The Lady Thunderbirds varsity girls' basketball team used a furious comeback to claim its win while the Thunderbirds varsity boys' basketball team cruised to an easy victory.
The North Callaway Lady Thunderbirds ran their season record to 12-3, 4-0 in conference last night thanks to a 20-6 fourth quarter scoring run against the Elsberry Lady Indians to win 58-56.
North Callaway was down by 12 points entering the fourth quarter and did not take the lead until there was less than a minute left in the game.
Jaida Gray had 17 points to lead the NC scorers.
Elaine Brinker had a big night with 16 points, 12 of which came in the fourth quarter, seven assists and seven steals.
Tara Oberlag added 11 points. Kelsey Coil chipped in six rebounds and four assists to help the team.
"This was a big conference win," said Coach Matt Miller. "We made some adjustments at halftime, played with resilience and resolve, and the girls never quit."
The Thunderbirds varsity boys' basketball team went up against the Missouri Military Academy Fighting Colonels and came away with a 62-19 win.
The Thunderbirds dominated on both offense and defense, never trailing in the contest and allowing MMA only nine points in the first half and eight points in the second, notably a single point in the fourth quarter alone.
Bret Metcalf led the team with 16 points, eight rebounds and six steals.
Chance Key had 11 points. Brandon Hagedorn added 10 points. Miguel Hudson chipped in two points and six assists on the night.
"It was a good win," said Coach Tim Turlington. "Everybody played well. It was good to get back on the winning track."