HULL -- Gehlen Catholic School's girls hit the court with their engines running and claimed their season opener with Trinity Christian 60-32.
"We got up on them early and just kind of took the wind out of their sails," Gehlen head coach Marty Kurth said.
By halftime, the Jays built up a major lead -- 38-13.
They held Trinity to four points in the third quarter and added to their own lead to make it 50-17, Gehlen.
"For the first game we saw a lot of good things," Kurth said. "It was good to get out on the court into a game situation, and it was good for us to get all the girls in, save our legs for tomorrow night (with Remsen-Union)."
Every player on Gehlen's bench saw time on the court, and almost everyone scored.
"We shot fairly well," Kurth said.
Leading scorers were senior Katelin Langel with 13 points, senior Emily Holtgrewe with ten points, including 2 threes, and junior Baily Wiltgen with 9 points for the Jays.
Langel also grabbed seven boards and made seven steals for the night. Holtgrewe added four assists.
Sophomore Morgan Whitehead made four rebounds and five steals, Wiltgen grabbed four rebounds and three steals, and junior Alison Schnepf pulled down four boards for the night.
The Jays had 16 turnovers and went 8-for-17 from the free throw line.
A game like Monday's matchup with Trinity is a nice way to open the season, Kurth said, but he added that he is looking ahead one game at a time.
The Gehlen girls, who come into the season with a No. 8 Class 1A ranking, will play R-U tonight (Tuesday) at home and will travel to Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn on Friday.
"We play back to back and we need to keep working on some things. R-U will be a very formidable opponent. They have a lot of returning starters; they're a nice ball club and we'll need to be prepared," Kurth said. "We just can't get over-confident. We have to continue to play hard."