CAIRO, Mo. — Making good on shots 15 feet away from the rim was difficult Monday for the Northeast R-IV School at Cairo girls team during its 50-47 overtime home loss to Sturgeon.

The Lady 'Cats went 12-for-27 at the free throw line, compared to Sturgeon 19 of 29,  dropping Cairo (16-5, 5-3 CAC) to third place in the Central Activities Conference standings.

“We missed a lot of shots, but us missing all those free throws was the big difference,” said Cairo girls coach Brian Winkler. “Sturgeon played good defense against us. I give them credit for hitting more shots down the stretch.”

Kaylee Cranmer led the Bulldogs (8-14, 5-5 CAC) with 14 points, and Emma Bright had 10. Lauren Mills of Sturgeon scored nine points. Cameron Orf added nine.

Cairo led by four after the opening period, but the teams would be tied at the end of every segment thereafter, including a 23 score at halftime, being tied at 31 after the third quarter and both teams putting in nine points in the fourth, leading up to the final score

Mackenzie Dubbert paced the Lady 'Cats' offense with 23 points. Monica Tracy and Janie Leathers had nine and seven points, respectively.

In the varsity boys game that followed, Sturgeon held a slim 24-21 halftime edge but would outscore Cairo by 21 points in the third quarter to put it away as the Bulldogs earned a 68-39 win.

The Sturgeon boys (16-6, 8-2 CAC) received 20 points from Tyler Cockrell. Ben Hatfield added 14.

Jacob Davis had 14 points for Cairo (7-14, 1-7 CAC). Peyton Taylor and Jalen Allison each had 11 points.

The Cairo teams hosted Glasgow on Tuesday night. On Friday, they travel to Pilot Grove.