St. Viator's girls basketball team scored early and often Wednesday night as the Lions won their first game of the season, 60-38, over host Dundee-Crown at the Chargers' Thanksgiving Tournament.
In a game that featured almost 50 foul shots between the two teams, the Lions made 66 percent for the game and 65 percent in the first half alone.
Taking a 21-point lead into the locker room at halftime, St. Viator knew coming into the season that the new hands-off rules would affect games and have them, at times, come down to free-throw shooting.
"We've been talking about the new rule changes (with our team)," Lions' coach Christina Jost said. "We've been focusing on that in practice and we've been focusing on our free throws."
Luckily for the Lions the practice paid off, as they were fouled into the bonus by the end of the first quarter. Shooting the majority of the time was Erin Fabbri as she had 10 points by half and 16 in the game along with 2 assists.
"She's one of captains this year, so we're really looking for her to lead this team." Jost said.
As for the Chargers (0-2), they only shot 40 percent from the line and only 27 percent from the field in the first half.
Dundee-Crown's head coach Sarah Miller, still looking for her first career win, knows her team will continue to struggle if they play like this all season.
"We dug ourselves into a hole and we just weren't able to battle back." Miller said. "Give credit to St. Viator, I think they outworked us in every angle of the game."
The one bright spot for the Chargers was Emily Michalski, who had 14 points on the night