DEWITT -- A tough defensive game allowed the Tri County Lady Trojans to slowly pull away from Pawnee City Tuesday night.
Tri County defeated the Lady Indians 38-16, improving their record to 3-0 on the season.
The Trojans allowed just one point in the first quarter as they bolted out to a 9-1 lead. They maintained a 13-5 lead at half time and started to pull away in the second half.
They led 27-11 after the third quarter, allowing them to coast to the win.
Tri County coach Bryce Simpson said his team showed some good spurts during the game, but it needs to be more consistent.
"Looking at the big picture, it's nice to be 3-0, but there's definitely still a lot of things to work on," Simpson said.
The Trojan defense was relentless against the Lady Indians Tuesday night, which is what allowed them to extend the lead.
"Pawnee City is a young and inexperienced team, so anytime you can put pressure on them, it's going to lead to some easier baskets," Simpson said. "We made some timely shots during times Pawnee City may have been getting confident and the first few minutes of the second half was the best we played and allowed us to pull away."
Simpson said both teams played sluggish in the first half.
"Neither team was very sharp in the first half," Simpson said. "We were forcing some things and didn't shoot well in the first half. And Pawnee City plays hard and makes things difficult. They sag off on defense a little and if you're not hitting from the outside, it changes the game a bit."
Tri County's scoring was evenly distributed. Seven different players scored, but none scored in double figures.
Hannah Strein led the way with nine points while Madison Freese and Celena Chavez had six points each. Shae Wattjes, Kailey Weichel and Shaylee Niemeyer had five points each and Shayna Lijewski had two points.
"Through three games, that has been the theme for us," Simpson said. "We get six points here and five points there. We're spreading it out, which is good, but we are still looking for someone to take the lead on offense."
Brianna Connelly had four assists and three steals while Lijewski had three assists and three steals.
"We have emphasized defense in practice and we knew that would be our strength early on," Simpson said. "But offensively, we have to do better taking better shots, taking care of the ball and shooting it well."
Pawnee City was led by Natalie Blecha's six points while Reagan DeKoning had four and Austin Branch and Miranda Branek had three each.
Tri County will be in action again Friday night when they host Southern. Pawnee City will travel to Parkview Christian on Friday.
Other girls scores
DILLER-ODELL 46, DORCHESTER 39
Dorchester 5 14 8 12 -- 39
Diller-Odell 10 15 12 9 -- 46
Dorchester--Zahourek 2, A. Zoubek 13, J. Zoubek 6, Bird 11, Plouzek 4, Eberhardt 3.
Diller-Odell--Heidemann 4, Jones 2, Smith 2, Denner 12, Vitosh 8, Swanson 3, Bures 15.
H-TR-S 68, LEWISTON 24
Lewiston 3 5 14 2 -- 24
H-TR-S 15 18 13 22 -- 68
Lewiston--Christen 5, Wehrbein 11, Fulton 8.
H-TR-S--Blank 14, Vasco 10, Stalder 6, Worthy 7, Svoboda 9, Reyes 15, Frey 6.
MERIDIAN 58, DESHLER 48
Meridian 12 18 10 18 -- 58
Deshler 13 11 7 17 -- 48
Meridian--Jo. Sobotka 9, Schafer 19, Miller 5, Johnson 11, Ja. Sobotka 14.
Deshler--Schoof 17, Oakman 11, Schmidt 2, Roth 15, Slegle 3.
SUPERIOR 48, FAIRBURY 36
Superior 18 11 5 14 -- 48
Fairbury 4 10 5 17 -- 36
Superior--Sullivan 7, Kirchhoff 16, H. Miller 2, M. Miller 8, Hayes 1, Meyer 8, McMeen 6.
Fairbury--Burley 3, Johnson 2, DeBoer 6, Huss 13, Eden 12.