Every varsity girls basketball coach wants to come out on top every time out, but they'll also tell you that there's a big difference between a smoothly won affair and an ugly victory.

For North Callaway head coach Morgan Beamer, when her team lept out to a 22-0 lead in the first quarter on Thursday in Eastern Missouri Conference competition at Wellsville-Middletown, there were signs this was going to be the type of night she just might enjoy. Even though the Lady Tigers did rise up to swipe the second 13-11, that was just the calm before the storm that began with the Ladybirds laying claim to the third 21-8 and the fourth 8-4 to earn themselves a 62-27 victory.

"This was a good team win. We came out and shot well and took a commanding lead," said Beamer. "On defense we played as a team from the first person to the last."
One reason North Callaway was able to go up 33-15 at the break and 54-23 at the end of the third was Kenzie Ausfahl, who had 15 points and six steals. Kyla Bertschinger also gave a 12-point, six-steal performance and Justice Hudson grabbed six rebounds.

For Wellsville-Middletown, Allison Arens posted 10 points and Hannah Slovensky added eight points.

The Ladybirds, 6-5 overall, 2-1 EMO, welcomes Montgomery County for a conference game on Jan. 4

The Lady Tigers, 1-10 overall, 0-3 EMO, was at the Moberly Area Community College Shootout on Friday against Madison.