BERNE— The Lady Starfires of South Adams outscored the Warriors of Wes Del 32-3 in the first quarter to set up a convincing 69-18 win on Monday night at the Stardome.
From the opening tip, the Stars proved to be the juggernaut in this matchup as they collected nine steals and forced 15 first quarter turnovers in the opening eight minutes alone.
"We got off to a strong start again tonight," said SA coach Brett Freeman. "We were able to force some miscues early and get some great looks in the paint."
Freeman attributes the key start to the defensive effort of the team who pestered the Warriors full court for the first eight minutes.
"The girls worked hard defensively and made things difficult for them," praised Freeman. "It was a good way to answer back after the disappointing loss Friday."
The Lady Stars were just short of upsetting Leo at the Stardome last Friday night.
The second quarter was a much more competitive quarter as SA eased up on their man to man pressure taking a 39-9 halftime lead.
The Lady Starfires came out to start the second half the same way they started the first as senior Alyssa Bluhm collected one of her co-game high four steals leading to a quick basket.
The intensity on both ends of the court was in effect the entire third quarter as the Stars ended up blanking the Warrior 23-0 to make it 62-9 at the end of 3.
Wes-Del ended up claiming a 9-7 positive margin in the 4th quarter with coach Brett Freeman allotting time for his second stringers and reserve players.
South Adams was able to do whatever they wanted offensively both in transition and in the half court as they shot over 60% from the floor as a team.
The Lady Starfires used a balance scoring attack that included putting four starters in double figures.
Senior Bluhm had an all-around performance as she netted a game-high 17 points and 7 rebounds, while senior Dzejna Ahmetovic and junior Sharon Balsiger chipped in with 15 points and four rebounds apiece.
Sophomore Sydney Willis rounded out the group of double-digit scorers for SA as she stuffed the stat sheet with 12 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals.
Sophomore Cindy In't Groen manufactured a very efficient off the bench performance with eight points, five rebounds and three steals.
Rounding out the SA box score was sophomore Madison Morgan as she finished with two points and two rebounds.
For Wes-Del, junior guard Haleigh Greer led the way with six of the Warriors' 18 points to go along with her team-high three steals.