Head coach Joe Basinger knew the Montgomery County varsity girls basketball team played well, but not well enough, during a home loss to Community R-6 on Feb. 9.

Now the squad has to make a trip on Friday to the only team to to beat Clopton this season, the Warrenton Warriors, 15-6 overall, 4-1 Gateway-North.

"The first half was a defensive struggle as I think four minutes in neither team had scored. We got into a little foul trouble, which led to a solid second quarter that gave Montgomery the lead 21-18 at the half after a girl banked a three in at the buzzer," said CR-6 coach Bob Curtis.

Despite the fact the Lady Wildcats have been fairly steady this season, they're currently 8-11 overall, 2-6 Eastern Missouri Conference. Montgomery County has also lost its last five games. This includes falling at Mark Twain 70-46 on Feb. 6, on Feb. 2 the team was downed at home against Clopton 65-28 and its 58-40 defeat at home to CR-6 took place last Friday.

"We have been a roller coaster of offense this season, as we may have a rough quarter and score 10 in the frame then come out the next quarter and have 23 like we did in the third against Montgomery," Curtis said. "The defense that Taren Clark played on their best guard was fun to watch as (Anna) Henke, their point guard, had eight points in the first nine minutes and then after the adjustment scored only three with the pressure that Clark applied."

Hannah Prior, Jasmine Hensley and Haeley Johnson have also played important roles for Montgomery County in 2016-17, a feat Kayla Schmidt, Lydia Bishop and Brooke Oden are actively pursuing. Paige Odom, Ashley Queathem and Hailey Hill also have some serious aspirations towards court time this year but have been challenged by teammates such as Cassie Sublette, Macy Block and Gretchen Ecton.

As for Warrenton, it recently went on a five game win streak that began on Jan. 28 with a 61-46 victory against Lutheran South and on Jan. 31 it defeated St. Charles West 48-32 at home. The Lady Warriors also bested New Haven 51-45 at home on Feb. 2 and on Feb. 3 the team won at Winfield 57-24.