KINGDOM CITY — Senior guard Gabe Cash connected for 15 points in the Thunderbirds' Eastern Missouri Conference loss to the Wildcats on Friday night.
North Callaway (3-6, 1-2 EMO) was only down 13-10 after one quarter and trailed 27-19 at halftime. Montgomery County gradually gained separation in the third quarter, outscoring the Thunderbirds 13-4 to open up a 40-23 edge.
Junior guard Cody Cash contributed eight points for North Callaway and junior forward Noah Scrogum collected nine rebounds.
"We lost to a big and very talented team," Thunderbirds head coach Matt Miller said. "We had good (offensive) looks in the first half, we just couldn't get them to go."
Collin Parker logged a game-high 17 points to spark three players in double figures for the Wildcats (8-2, 3-0). Carson Parker produced 14 points and Drake Smith added 11.
North Callaway (4-1) — led by sophomore guard Webb Langworthy's 10 points — prevailed in the junior varsity game 34-23. Freshman guard Matthew Weber had nine points.
The Thunderbirds are the fifth seed in this week's South Callaway Invitational Tournament. North Callaway plays No. 4 seed Calvary Lutheran in the first round at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the middle school gym.