The Metamora girls varsity basketball team travelled to Edwardsville for the two-day Tiger Holiday Classic. The Lady Redbirds went 0-4 in the tourney but pulled out close games with their opponents. “We spotted every team a handful of points in the first quarter but we came back and were competitive with them,” said coach Riley Gardner. Edwardsville 68, Metamora 39 Metamora first went up against host-school Edwardsville for a 68-39 loss Dec. 27 for its first game of the day. “We shot really well against Edwardsville,” said Gardner. “It’s an improvement for us to recognize when to take those shots.” The Tigers jumped ahead with an early lead after the first at 21-7. Hailey Mueller put in a 3-pointer and Quinn Mathews and Kim Bahl had a field goal apiece to account for the Lady Redbirds score. Metamora fell behind again in the second, allowing the Tigers 18 points to their own 10. In the third quarter, the Lady Redbirds were outscored 19-13 but held Edwardsville to just 10 points in the fourth while putting up nine points from field goals. Mathews contributed eight points in the second half and Roehnelt had five from a 3 and a field goal. Roehnelt led Metamora in scoring with nine points and Kara Hartnett and Mueller were right behind at eight points apiece. Jacksonville 51, Metamora 48 Metamora had a closer game against Jacksonville, finishing with just a three-point deficit at 51-48. The Lady Redbirds were outscored in the first quarter 13-6 but came back in the second to tie it at 21 after scoring 15 points to the Crimsons’ 8. Hartnett accounted for the majority of the scoring in the first half with 14 points from 2’s and making four of her free throw attempts. “(Hartnett) has really stepped up as a leader this year. She has taken it on and embraced it,” Gardner said. Mueller made a 3 and a 2 and Kari Lalumandier made two points of her own. After the intermission, Metamora put up eight points in the third but trailed to Jacksonville’s 11 to fall behind. Both teams were able to put 19 points up on the board in the final eight minutes. Mathews put in two 3’s and made both of her free throw attempts to contribute. Hartnett led the scoring at 20 points and Mueller was next at 11. Champaign Central 54, Metamora 47 In the third game of the tourney Dec. 28 against tourney Dec. 28 against Champaign Central, the Lady Redbirds took a 54-47 loss. Metamora had a defeating first quarter and fell behind 19-6 but were able to outscore the Crimsons in the next three quarters. The girls were able to come lessen the deficit in the second after outscoring Central 14-13 to go into the second half, 32-20. Hartnett had five points from a field goal and making three of her five free throw attempts. Rachel Litviak contributed three points from a field goal and making two free throws in the first half. Metamora outscored Central again in the third, 13-12, and in the fourth, 14-10, but could not come up with enough points for a victory. McCluer North 47, Metamora 37 The final game for the Lady Redbirds in Edwardsville was against McCluer North Dec. 28, which resulted in a 47-37 loss. Metamora kept up the pace with MN in the first quarter to only trail by one, 11-10. Hartnett and Mueller led the scoring in the opening quarter with four points apiece and Mathews and Kellie Steele contributed one apiece. In the second, Metamora was outscored 14-9 to give MN a 25-19 lead before going into the second half. Metamora’s scoring in the third quarter came from shots at the free-throw line. Steele made all of her four attempts and Mueller and Kern each made one of their two attempts. Metamora entered the fourth down by 10, 37-27 and could not catch up with MN.