It took all of the first and second quarter and most of the third on Monday in the first round of the South Callaway Tournament, but the North Callaway varsity girls basketball team finally took a four-point lead on Hermann.

While the Ladybird's were happy to finally be ahead, Hermann wasn't nervous. That's because it knew this was just the calm before the storm. Shortly there after the Lady Bearcats launched a relentless attack that lasted the rest of the game and saw North Callaway get outscored 25-11 in the final nine minutes of regulation, all of which put the Ladybird's on the wrong side of a 56-46 decision.

Hermann accumulated it's lead by charting offensive advantages of 10-7 in the first quarter and 13-12 in the second to go up 23-19 at halftime. North Callaway did turn the tide by claiming the third 16-13, only to see the Lady Bearcats come back and grab the final session 20-11.

Despite the fact the Ladybird's didn't getbthe outcome they were looking for, Kyla Bertschinger did put up 19 points and four steals, Allie Schluetter gave a 12-point performance and Kenzie Ausfahl pulled down half a dozen rebounds. Nicole Emmons came through with four steals, as well.

Herman took its cues from Allison Stiers with 19 points abd Brooke Groose had 13 points.

North Callaway, 7-6 overall, 3-1 Eastern Missouri Conference, plays Owensville next at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the middle school.

Hermann, 10-2 overall, next takes the court at the high school on Wednesday at 6 p.m. against New Bloomfield.