In a non-conference road game to start the season, the Montgomery County varsity girls basketball team blew up to take a 23-4 lead in the first quarter Monday at Winfield.

The Lady Wildcats then outscored their hosts 13-3 in the second to go up 36-7 at halftime on the way to claiming a 72-19 victory.

"I was very pleased with the way the girls played for our first night out. We were able to control the tempo of the game, which is a huge factor for our success this year," said coach Joe Basinger. "Our scoring was extremely balanced. We were very aggressive on defense without fouling, which is something we've put a focus on this year. I'd like to see our positioning on defense be a little better and we definitely need to clean up the glass. But other than that it was a really good start to our season."

Having also posted a 27-8 scoring advantage in the third to stretch the lead to 63-15, Montgomery County's highlights included Makenna Meyer with 16 points, Hanna Prior scored 11 and Kayla Schmidt added eight points. Anna Henke and Taylor Flake also did their part for the cause with seven points each, Paige Oden and Katie Broniec put up seven points a piece and Haeley Johnson and Hailey Hill scored four and three, respectively.

The Lady Wildcats, 1-0 overall, 0-0 Eastern Missouri Conference, next hosts a tournament Nov. 27- Dec. 2.