There are times when fans don't want to hear a bunch of numbers and formulas prior to a contest because some people can only listen to so much of that type of information before it starts become a big boring blur of math-based mayhem.
Conjecture and speculation can be even more of an issue considering that information often times isn't even based in fact. Sometimes the only solution to all these woes is to just play the game, which is exactly what the Montgomery County varsity girls basketball team was facing in advance of last Thursdays Eastern Missouri Conference game at Clopton last Thursday.
Clopton is a league powerhouse and the Lady Wildcats aren't, but even though they were down 44-39 at the end of the third quarter, head coach Joe Basinger threw everything he had at the opposition and then some.
That included Anna Henke's 20 point performance and Renee Finke's 10 point contribution, both of which, when combined with Makenna Meyer's nine points, helped Montgomery County pull of the 60-54 upset.
"This was an incredible game for our girls. They played incredible and they never got rattled and held their composure and executed when we needed them to," said Basinger. "We got down nine early in the fourth and we called a timeout and made a slight adjustment on how we were defending and we came out and executed that the rest of the game. From that point forward we outscored them 21-6."
With this victory, not only did the Wildcats raise their overall record to 11-1, but they also now stand at 5-2 in the EMO. As for how they got their, Kayla Schmidt also had a seven point showing, Hanna Prior scored six and Hailey Hill and Paige Oden were good for four points each.
"This group of girls have come so far this year and we got contributions from everyone. They played together and never gave up and it was awesome to be a part of," Basinger said. "I hope this can be a confidence boost for these girls moving forward to finish the conference season strong and head into the post season playing our best basketball."
Montgomery County hosts Mark Twain in EMO action on Tuesday.