It may seem like a tough way to start the week, but the North Callaway varsity girls basketball team was at the Centralia Tournament on Monday.
The squad also had to go up against a more than capable Salisbury program and held its own for three of four quarters, which obviously creates a dilemma. Actually, it was more of a void than a dilemma because the Ladybirds were held scoreless while allowing 18 points in the second quarter and that would spell doom for any team and this was no different as Salisbury came out on top 48-30.
"We're improving a little bit at a time. I saw some good things, but that bad quarter hurt us," said coach Morgan Beamer. "We have to learn to play all four quarters. We'll work on that in practice."
Having outscored Salisbury 10-8 in the third prior to deadlocking 9-9 in the fourth, North Callaway also was on the wrong end of a 13-11 opening session. Leading Salisbury, 3-1 overall, was Khloe Wyatt with 16 points and Bryn Woolridge scored 13.
For the Ladybirds Kenzie Ausfahl hit four three-pointers on her way to 14 points, Heather Thurman pulled down eight rebounds and Daelyn Schmauch dished out three assists. As a team North Callaway had no steals for the game.
What this result led to was a second round matchup with Hallsville, 3-3 overall, on Wednesday in Centralia that started out bad and ended up worse as the Ladybirds lost 59-29. Schmauch really stood out despite the results for North Callaway in this one with 12 points on 8-for-10 free throw shooting with eight boards and three assists, Ausfahl sank a trio of three-pointers to chart 10 points and Thurman swept the sky for 10 rebounds.
Hallsville's cause was taken up by Avery Oetting with 20 points and Emily Leer had 15 points
"Heather did a good job on the boards, but we made to many mistakes. Hallsville is not that much better than us and we look forward ro playing them again first game back from winter break," Beamer said. "Oetting is a good player who had a really good game against us."
North Callaway, 0-4 overall, next hosts Van-Far on Monday for an Eastern Missouri Conference game.