Now that Kayla Schmidt has charted the 1,000th point of her career and the squad has gone into Clopton and walked out with its head held high and a victory firmly in tow, the only thing left on the agenda for the Montgomery County varsity girls hoops squad was Mark Twain at home on Thursday.
Apparently the Lady Wildcats weren't ready to let go of the 2017-18 regular season just because they embraced this contest against the Lady Tigers like Tom Hanks would have in Cast Away if he could have saved Wilson. In fact, Montgomery County savored this experienced so fully it even had three players score in double figures. That includes Anna Henke with a team-leading 22 points and Renee Finke and Makenna Meyer posted 10 points each to help lead their team to a season ending 66-46 win.
"I'm extremely proud of our effort tonight. Our first half was the best defensive half I've seen out of this group," said coach Joe Basinger. "We held them to four made field goals in the half. I felt like we just contested everything and hit the glass hard. I felt like the success we were having on defense drove our offense."
As for the crew that supported this headlining trio for the Lady Wildcats, Taylor Flake gave a nine-point performance and charting six points a piece were Paige Oden and Schmidt. Hailey Hill made a three point contribution, as well.
"We played with a ton of energy on defense and it carried over to the offensive end," Basinger said. "Mark Twain really tried to take the paint away and we got good clean looks from the outside and were able to capitalize from it. I'm excited to get districts started next week to see how we can compete."
Montgomery County led throughout in this contest after going up 14-7 in the first quarter, extending that advantage to 34-18 and 56-39 at the end of the third before claiming the fourth11-7 to win by 20.
The Lady Wildcats, 13-12 overall, 7-3 EMO, and have been assigned to Class 3, District 7, in the upcoming Missouri State High School Athletic Association championship tournament.