The Bucklin/Macon County girls' basketball team advanced to 1-0 on Monday night with a victory against Keytesville, defeating the Tigers 44-36 at home in New Cambria.

BMC coach Brandi Davis said that her team's opening showing gave her reason for encouragement moving forward.

"The girls started off a little rough tonight, we had the 'first home game jitters' that we had to get out of the way," Davis said. "We've been working hard for the last 16 practices, and we'll play with heart and hustle, and not quit until the end.

"At the beginning of the year, you're still not where you want to be as far as being in shape. Early on, we didn't block out as well as we needed to, but we look for great things coming. I'm proud of all the girls for showing up and playing together as a team."

The Bucklin/Macon County co-op plays again on Tuesday in Mendon at the Northwest Invitational Basketball Tournament when it faces Meadville at 4:30. BMC is the fifth-seeded team.