It wasn't the prettiest of wins, but it was a historic victory.
The Capital City Lady Cavaliers defeated the Sedalia Smith-Cotton Lady Tigers 48-40 in the semifinals of the Class 6 District 9 Tournament on Monday night at Capital City High School to pick up the first postseason win in the history of the two-year program.
"Any win in the postseason is tough," Capital City coach Ashley Agee said. "They didn't even realize it was their first postseason win, when I told them that, they kind of looked at me funny because they don't quite know all that entails just yet."
Capital City never trailed in the game, which was tied just once, that at 2. The Lady Cavaliers led 13-6 after one quarter.
Capital City led by as many as 11 points on a couple of occasions in the second quarter, including a putback by Rylea Sanning with :20 remaining to give the Lady Cavaliers a 24-13 lead at intermission.
"We did some good things tonight," Agee said. "The first half was probably the best half we have played all year."
The Lady Cavaliers stretched their advantage to as many as 16 points in the third quarter, which concluded with Capital City holding a 39-23 lead.
But there were still eight minutes to play for the young squad.
"We've been behind a lot this season and we've always been looking to score points. We don't really know how to run the clock," Agee said.
Smith-Cotton opened the fourth quarter with a 10-1 run to cut Capital City's lead to 40-33. The Lady Tigers got as close as six at 43-37 with 2:23 to play.
"It looked like were playing not to lose," Agee said. "We had to fight through some tough things and we knew they would give us their best game.
"There were times we might have deserved to lose, it looked like we were trying to shoot ourselves out of it. Teaching young kids how to work the ball and decide what's a good shot and what's not a good shot in situations like we were in instead of working the ball."
The Lady Cavaliers righted the ship, scoring five of the next six points on their way to the eight-point victory.
"That's the joy of having young kids, you're going to eat a few quarters like that while they're learning," Agee said. "Thankfully, we came out on the winning side tonight."
Bailey Brown, a junior, racked up 25 points and 20 rebounds for third-seeded Smith-Cotton (1-18).
"Kudos to her, she hit some tough shots," Agee said.
The Lady Cavaliers had six players score in the win, all totaling between six and 10 points.
Kyla James and Kambry Pistel led Capital City with 10 points each. Brooklynn Greene added nine, while Sanning came off the bench to add seven to go along with nine rebounds.
"She did a good job," Agee said. "She was good on the boards, it was all out of hustle."
Natalie Allison and Jada Anderson finished with six points each for the Lady Cavaliers.
Capital City (4-22), the No. 2 seed, has a monumental task ahead Thursday night when they take on top-seeded and third-ranked Jefferson City (19-2) for the district title at Fleming Fieldhouse.
"We can't go there already defeated," Agee said. "We have to think about what we can do against them, make them work. Just play loose and have some fun and enjoy it."
Jefferson City, which had a first-round bye in the three-team tournament, defeated Capital City 78-18 in the regular season.
"We just don't want to let them win," Agee said. "We have nothing to lose, we have no reason to be scared."
Game time is 7 p.m.