There was only one things stopping the North Callaway varsity girls basketball team from coming out on top of the third place game of the Bowling Green Tournament on Friday and that was Elsberry.
When the Ladybirds then ended the first quarter leading 15-4, victory seemed little more than a formality. But, when the Lady Indians somehow managed to turn the tides and claim the second quarter 16-4 to go into halftime up 20-19, that meant fate would be decided in the second half. Things became even more tenuous when North Callaway grabbed a slight lead in the third 23-22, but when Elsberry posted a 13-4 scoring advantage in the fourth, there was no question that it had just won 35-27.
"We started out hot then couldn't hit anything else for the rest of the night," said coach Morgan Beamer.
Putting up 13 points and five rebounds for the Ladybirds was Allie Schluetyter, Kenzie Ausfahll pulled down a team-high six rebounds and seven points and Nicole Emmons added fouir assists.
For the Lady Indians, 10-8 overall, scoring a game-high 20 points was Tess Weakly.
North Callaway, 10-9 overall, hosted Calvary Lutheran on Monday and Elsberry on Thursday.