When it comes to winning in the Eastern Missouri Conference, head coach Joe Basinger and the Montgomery County varsity girls basketball team will take any advantage they can get, and on Tuesday that advantage was the home court.
Even though that might seem simple to the point of meaningless to some, that night what it meant for the Lady Wildcats Anna Henke was a 22-point performance that was melodically orchestrated from a 42-33 advantage at the end of the third before crescendoing into 56-38 victory over the Lady Indians.
"I am proud of the way our girls competed and executed tonight. I felt like defensively we really played well," said coach Joe Basinger. "We didn't give them a lot of clean looks. Our help side could have been a little better, but for the most part I was really pleased with our defensive effort."
While Montgomery County did take a 27-20 lead at halftime after the first quarter ended tied at 11-11, driving that effort by scoring 15 was Kayla Schmidt and Renee Finke had six points. Taylor Flake, Makenna Meyer and Paige Oden also contributed to the cause with four points each and Hailey Hill chipped in with a point.
"We went 9-13 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, which is huge for us because we haven't been the most consistent free throw shooting team this year," Basinger said. "We play Mark Twain Thursday night to wrap up our regular and conference season. I'm really proud of the strides this team has made over the last few weeks and excited about to finish the season strong."
The Lady Wildcats are 12-12 overall, 6-3 EMO.