When Tully Thomsen went out with an injury at the very beginning of the varsity basketball season for North Callaway that was actually a re-aggravation of an infirmity that originally dated back to football season, it looked like he was done for 2017-18.

Even now that he's slowly trying to make his way back to the court for the Thunderbirds at less than 100 percent Thomsen still hasn't reassumes his starting role, but on Tuesday at Mark Twain in Eastern Missouri Conference action the sophomore seemed to be feeling better than he has in quite some time. So good, in fact, he connected on 9-of-11 free throws and hit four three-pointers on his way to scoring 30 for the game, which was a big help in allowing North Callaway to win 58-46.

"We were 17-for-21 from the line for the game. That was the difference," said coach Matthias Miller.

The Thunderbird's other on-court leader was Khobi Kellerman with seven points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.

North Callaway actually led the entire game, but after going up 20-13 in the first quarter, the squad got outscored 13-10 in the second and 7-5 in the third and was just barely holding on at 35-33. It wasn't until the fourth that the Thunderbird's put Mark Twain, 8-15 overall, 4-5 EMO, away by claiming the session 23-13 to win the game by 12.

North Callaway, 13-11 overall, 7-2 EMO, will play for second place in the league Friday at Bowling Green.