Even though it wasn't an Eastern Missouri Conference game, the Wellsville-Middletown varsity girls basketball team still had a big matchup at home last Friday against Winfield.

That's because, after six games and six defeats, the Lady Tigers were looking for their initial victory of the season. When Lucy Schnitker and Brooke Peckham then scored 17 each, Wellsville-Middletown had finally reached that goal, winning 54-39.

"The girls played as a team. They didn't put all the pressure on one or two people. It really payed off," said coach Sabrina O'Heron. "The girls played very well together. We had a large crowd since we had the cheer clinic so it was nice for the girls to have the extra support to keep the momentum up. It was really nice for the girls to play a consistent four quarters without giving up or being content. There were a lot of good things happening that we are looking to continue to build on."

The rest of this lineup was led by Allison Arens with 13 points, Elizabeth Burdick had five points and Bria Oberhause and Hannah Slovensky added one point each.

Wellsville-Middletown, 1-6 overall, has a league game at Montgomery County on Friday.