Having just ended 2017 on Dec. 29 at the Moberly Area Community College Holiday Shootout against Madison, the Wellsville-Middletown varsity girls basketball team was right back at it on Tuesday against Elsberry in the first round of the Clopton tournament.

The upside to staying this active was that the Lady Tigers were able to outscore the opposition 7-4 in the third quarter. All this action also depleted Wellsville-Middletown's roster to just five players for this game, which eventually caught up to them in the fourth when Clopton used its full court press to chart several turnovers and a 13-8 scoring advantage.

In the end what all this hard work amounted for the Lady Tigers was that while Brooke Peckham had 14 points, Allison Arens scored 12 and Lucy Schnitker and Elizabeth Burdick added two points each, Clopton still came out ahead 42-30.

"Each game is a learning experience for my girls. They do not get the opportunity to learn some of the pressure situations due to numbers until weget into a game," said coach Sabrina O'Heron. "Each game the kids are getting better. The girls look forward to playing Elsberry again later in the season."