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story.lead_photo.caption Capital City's Kambry Pistel puts up a shot as Battle teammates Eliyah McCarthy (right) and Nautica Washington defend Thursday night at Capital City High School. Photo by Jason Strickland / News Tribune.

Sometimes the progress a team is making doesn't show up on the scoreboard.

"It's part of that process and part of the things that we're doing at practice and the things that we're getting better at," Capital City coach Ashley Agee said following a 58-22 loss against Battle on Thursday at Capital City High School. "We're still looking to put it all together in that scoring piece."

The Spartans hit from beyond the arc early on their way to a 20-3 lead after the first eight minutes of play in the first Central Missouri Activities Conference game for the Lady Cavaliers.

Maliyah Miller drained back-to-back 3s from the right wing to begin the contest and Aaliyah Preyer came off the bench for a pair of 3s late in the first quarter.

Battle finished 7-of-23 from deep and four Spartans made at least one 3-pointer.

"They did get hot," Agee said. "It didn't come from one person. I think their whole team might have knocked down a 3."

Battle combined that range with physicality inside with Anna Sisson and Ke'shai Hayes.

Sisson closed out the first-half scoring with a layup to make it 36-7. Sisson tallied 13 points and seven rebounds, while Hayes made all five of her shots plus a free throw for 11 points to go with six boards.

"They just worked us," Agee said. "Physically we can't match up with those girls right now and that was evident there on the floor."

Down 50-12 entering the fourth quarter, Capital City post player Kyla James scored the quarter's first four points and got a pair of steals in the process.

James added a layup with a couple minutes remaining to finish with six points to go along with five rebounds.

"I thought she had a heck of a fourth quarter," Agee said.

Michele Narug also provided a spark off the bench with three points, five rebounds and a block.

"She's a go-getter," Agee said. "She makes things happen. In practice she makes them work hard. I can coach a kid like that all day."

Kambry Pistel led the Lady Cavaliers with seven rebounds and scored five points.

"We've been working on pushing the ball a little up the floor, moving on offense, moving with a purpose," Agee said. "So we did some things that nobody else in the stands would know or it doesn't show on the scoreboard."

Nautica Washington and Preyer each scored nine points for the Spartans, who shot 24-of-56.

"Kudos to Battle tonight," Agee said. "I think they hit everything they threw up."

Capital City (1-10) will play today at Centralia.

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