Things tend to go one way or another for head coach Joe Basinger and the Montgomery County varsity girls basketball team.

This squad doesn't half-step much of anything, so when things are good, the hopes for greatness aren't unrealistic. But, when the world starts to become dark and lonely, the question becomes who is going to jump ship and who's in it for the long haul. For the Lady Wildcats on Wednesday in the second round of the Sturgeon Tournament it was all sunshine and smiles as Kayla Schmidt had a team-high 16 points and reached a career milestone to help her team get past Wright City 66-25.

"We were able to get off to a quick start. I thought we got a little sloppy at the beginning of the third quarter but they were able to rebound and play well the rest of the way," Basinger said. "Also in the second quarter senior Kayla Schmidt scored the 1,000th point of her career. It was a great accomplishment for Kayla as she has been a consistent scorer for us over the last couple years."

Helping Schmidt reach that mark was Anna Henke with 15 points, Makenna Meyer added eight points and Paige Oden had seven points. Haeley Johnson and Brooke Oden also gave five-point performances, Gretchen Ecton and Taylor Fike were good for four points each and Hailley Hill scored two.

This event didn't start so well for Montgomery County on Jan. 22 as it lost to Chamois 54-46 despite 22 points by Schmidt and 12 from Henke.

"We got off to an extremely slow start and had a really bad second quarter," said Basinger. "We bounced back in the third quarter and gave ourselves a chance late by cutting the lead to four but we had some missed opportunities and Chamois hit free throws down the stretch."

The Lady Wildcats 9-10 overall, 3-2 Eastern Missouri Conference, will complete the Hermann Tournament on Friday.