In the closing moments against Owensville on Wednesday in the South Callaway Tournament, Kyla Bertschinger hit both ends of a one-and-one to give the North Callaway varsity girls basketball team a three-point edge with just seconds left on the clock.
What came next started out fairly standard as Owensville got the ball to half court and called its final timeout. It's what followed that wasn't exactly standard protocol because, once the ball was inbounded, the Ladybird's applied a whole lot of pressure. To the surprise of most, Owensviile drove to the hole, so North Callaway let them, and one layup later they had earned themselves a 47-46 victory.
"Defensively we struggled in the second half, especially in the third quarter, but an ugly win is better than a pretty loss," said coach Morgan Beamer.
This contest was truly two different novellas as opposed to being one fluid tale and it began with the Ladybird's claiming offensive advantages of 18-9 in the first and 12-9 in the second to go up 30-18 at halftime. The second half was quite different and focused on Owensville taking control 15-6 in the third and 13-11 in the fourth which was good, but not good enough.
Leading the Ladybird's through all this chaos to higher ground was Kyla Bertschinger with 13 points, six rebounds and four assists, Allie Schluetter had 12 points and eight boards and Kenzie Ausfahl came through with 12 points and five assists.
The flip side of this scenario started with Breanna Diestelkamp with 23 points and Morgan Lairmore scored 11.
If weather allows, this team will play Russellville inn the fifth place game of this tournament on Friday at 6 p.m. at the high school.