Ladybirds fall at Centralia tourney

After winning its first game earlier this week at the Centralia 62nd Annual varsity basketball tournament, the North Callaway varsity girls basketball team faced Macon on Wednesday for a chance to play in the title game last Friday.

Those hopes were dashed rather quickly, though, as Macon posted an 18-10 scoring advanatge in the first quarter and then deadlocked for the next three to defeat the Ladybird's 60-52.

This included Macon outscoring North Callaway 8-7 in the second to go up 26-17 at the break before both squads charted 18 points in the third and the T-Birds claimed the fourth 17-16.

"We were down early by 10 and never caught up," said coach Morgan Beamer. "In the second half we started to hit some shots that we weren't hitting in the first half, but eventually we had to start fouling and they hit 10-of-13 free throws.

The subplot of this tale came with about three minutes left in the third when Allie Schluetter hit a field goal to clock her 1,000th career point on her way to scoring 16 for the game. North Callaway also got 20 points and eight rebounds from Kyla Bertschinger and Kenzie Ausfahl had 10 points.

For the Lady Tigers, 2-1 overall, Megan Cashatt managed 11 points and Lauren Chambers scored 10.

The Ladybirds, 2-2 overall, next played Sturgeon on Friday in the game for third place.