CEDAR RAPIDS — The Xavier girls’ basketball team started the season out in a big way, dominating Decorah, 60-12, Tuesday night in the Saints’ gym.
The Saints were in control throughout, shutting out the Vikings in the second quarter, while taking a 21-5 lead in at halftime.
Xavier came out in the second half firing on all cylinders, shutting down Decorah, 39-7, in the second half, while coasting to the easy victory.
Saints Coach Tom Lilly, though understandably pleased with the win, was concerned about his team in the first half.
“Due to our football team going to state, we have been behind a bit,” he said. “Our talk at halftime was about this being our jamboree. We needed to relax, which I thought we did in the second half.”
The Saints were led in scoring by senior guard Kayla Armstrong with 14 points. Ashley Stulken added 12.
“Sometimes you try too hard, and it causes problems and it is difficult to overcome,” Lilly said. “Once we got over that in the second half, out shots started falling and we played well.”
One area that caused concern with Lilly was free throw shooting. The Saints connectd on just 12 of 24 from the line.
“We have worked on free throws this year far more than we have ever since I been here,” he said. “It could be a cause for concern, but the stroke and release was good. We will be OK with that.”
Though they won going away, Lilly did feel there is some work to be done.
“There are some things that don’t show up in the score, that we got to work on,” he said. “Things like finishing shots, helping out on defense, things like that. Maybe get better offensively.”