MOKANE — South Callaway senior center DeLaney Horstman connected for a game-high 27 points and the state-ranked Lady Bulldogs secured their fourth consecutive Show-Me Conference title with a 79-21 romp over the New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats on Friday night.
South Callaway — ranked sixth in Class 3 by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association — moved its season record to 17-2 and locked up the SMC championship with a flawless 6-0 mark.
"It's amazing when you can say you've won four straight conference titles — these girls have had a really good stretch," Lady Bulldogs head coach Daniel Burns said. "This is a tough conference, but year in and year out this is a goal.
"The girls don't quit and I'm excited and so proud of them."
South Callaway rolled from the start Friday night, breaking out for a 27-2 lead after one quarter. The Lady Bulldogs surged into halftime with a 49-12 advantage and were on top 66-19 after three quarters.
Senior guard Paige Clubb — who was named a McDonald's All-American nominee on Thursday — added 26 points for South Callaway. Junior guard Raegan Brown tallied 18 points.
"We were the aggressor the whole night," Burns said. "I don't know how many transition buckets we had, but it was a lot.
"We played with so much effort, energy and enthusiasm — it was fun to watch."
Junior forward Ellie Emerson scored nine points for New Bloomfield (6-13, 0-6).
The Lady Bulldogs are the No. 2 seed for next week's Class 3, District 7 Tournament. Due to changes in the district format due to COVID-19, the higher seed will host respective tournament games.
South Callaway received a bye in the quarterfinals and will host either No. 3 seed South Shelby or No. 6 Fayette in the semifinals at 6 p.m. next Wednesday.
"We've talked about playing our best basketball at the right time," Burns said. "This district is pretty tough. I know they're excited and motivated. It doesn't take much to get these girls (fired) up."
New Bloomfield is the No. 5 seed in District 7 and plays at No. 4 Father Tolton in Columbia in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Monday. The winner will travel to top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Monroe City for a semifinal matchup at 6 p.m. next Wednesday.