All season long the Montgomery County varsity boys basketball team, 20-6 overall, has been outrunning teams with the same tenacity as they did a year ago.

The one caveat to that would be that, even though the roster took its share of hits to graduation, new head coach Scott Kroeger still found a way to make this squad better by way of improved defense. The way Kroeger and the Wildcats employ that defense is also unique because it's not until they feel things tightening down on them that they begin to tighten down on the opposition, a mistake the Missouri Military Academy, 9-9 overall, made in round one of the current postseason.

That's why, when it came to Montgomery County's class 3, district 7, semifinals matchup against Bowling Green, 14-13 overall, on Tuesday, the team had every confidence it was going to come out on top. Bowling Green had just beaten Winfield, 7-17, though, and was feeling good about the idea that it was then squad that was moving on to play for the district championship on Friday at 7 p.m. against Christian, which eliminated North Callaway earlier that evening in the other district semifinals 56-25.

The Wildcats simply were all about their business that evening and Kroeger had this team ready, which is just what it did, defeating Bowling Green, 58-44.