Montgomery County varsity boys basketball head coach Scott Kroeger's first year coaching in the Eastern Missouri Conference has gone fairly well.

As for North Callaway varsity boys basketball head coach Matthias Miller, his second year in the league hasn't gone nearly as well as his first, but since both eams have mostly played non-conference games, their head-to-head matchup last Friday at the Thunderbirds was truly a more accurate test.

That meant Miller had to figure out a way to try and slow down the Wildcats high powered offense, and while that's far from an easy task, that's exactly what he did as North Callaway rose to the occasion and defeated Montgomery County 59-52.

This contest was close throught and was tied at 15-15 at the end of the first quarter.The Thunderbirds then found a way to outscore the Wildcats 15-14 in the second 15-14 to head into halftime up 30-29 before claiming the third 15-11 to widen the gap to 45-40. Once North Callaway was able to also outdo Montgomery County 14-12 in the fourth, the squad had finally earned the victory it had worked so hard to get.

When it was all said and done, the heroes left standing for the Thunderbird's included Tanner Pezold with a game-high 13 points and six rebounds and Coy Dannison backed him up with 11 points, seven boards and six assists. Dwason Wright also came through with nine points and six reboinds.

On the other side of this hard fought battle for Montgomery County were Tim Hall and Corey Kroll with 11 points each and Johnny Shaw scored nine.

North Callaway, 5-7 overall, 2-2 EMO, begins the South Callaway Tournament Tuesdat at 7:30 p.m. against Hermann at the middle school.

Montgomery County, 8-2 overall, 2-1 overall, is at the same event in the same building at 6 p.m. against Southern Boone JV.