So far the South Callaway boys and girls varsity basketball tournament has been a very different experience from one team to the next.
For the Montgomery County girls on Jan. 10 it was simply an off night as it fell behind sixth-seed-Russellville 16-10 in the first quarter despite 23 points by Anna Henke for the contest and things didn't get any better after that. In fact, even 16 points by Kayla Schimdt for the game couldn't keep the Lady Wildcats from trailing 41-16 at halftime before finally falling to Russellville 80-64.
"We dug ourselves a hole early and then couldn't get enough stops to get back into it," said coach Joe Basinger.
Even though seventh-seed Montgomery County was also behind 62-28 at the end of the third, the rest of the squad was highlighted by Hannah Prior with 11 points, Makenna Meyer added eight points and Paige Oden made a three point contribution. Haeley Johnson also scored two for the Lady Wildcats and Renee Finke chipped in with one point.
Montgomery County, 6-8 overall, 3-1 Eastern Missouri Conference, next played fifth-seed Owensville on Friday in round three of the South Callaway Tournament.
In the first round of the boys game on Jan. 9 the top-seeded Montgomery County boys bested the Southern Boone JV 79-49 as Chris Harrison scored 24 with six rebounds and five assists and Aubrey Nelson added 11 assists.
"We played a very good basketball team offensively and it showed with our shooting and our assist numbers," said coach Scott Kroeger. "Defensively we were able to stifle them for much of the game. They were on pace to score below 40 when the rotation players exited for good."
Cole Curry also gave a 15-point performance and Corey Kroll and Skyler Hutcheson added 11 points each. The Wildcats, 9-2 overall, 2-1 EMO, were slated to play North Callaway on Jan. 11, but all tournament games were postponed that day because of weather and a new date has not been set as of yet.