Because things didn't go the way the way the North Callaway varsity girls basketball team was hoping when they played Elsberry last week at the Bowling Green Tournament, the squad more than welcomed last Thursdays home rematch.

The fact that this was also an Eastern Missouri Conference game only heightened the stakes, and having just learned Kyla Bertschinger had been lost for the rest of the season to a torn ACL only gave the Ladybird's that much more motivation to get this win for their fallen teammate. Elsberry countered this inspiration with a renewed three-point shot and a 14-11 lead in the first quarter that continued to grow until it had finally defeated North Callaway 63-50.

"Defensively we didn't do a good job of blocking out," said coach Morgan Beamer.

Enjoying one of her better nights of the season for the Ladybird's was Nicole Emmons with 18 points that included four three-pointers, Kenzie Ausfahl backed her up with 16 points by going 11-for-13 from the free throw line with five rebounds and four assists and Allie Schluetter added 11 points. Reyna Schmuach had four assists and four steals, as well.

As for Elsberry, 12-8 overll, 3-3 EMO, Tess Weakly turned a trio of three-pointers into 22 points and Madysen Kinsler also connected on three triples to score 16.

North Callaway, 10-11 overall, 3-3 EMO, hosts Wright City on Monday.