The Timothy Christian girls basketball team picked the wrong night to open its season against Ottawa.
"My girls have to get more court awareness," Timothy Christian coach Michele Strube said after the Trojans dropped a 55-36 Hoops Happening Thanksgiving Tournament game to Ottawa. "We told them (Ottawa players Nos.) 11 and 10. They need to listen to the coach and pay more attention on the court."
The Senators' Nos. 11 and 10 were Angelique Cowan and Teegan Guerrero, respectively.
Ottawa never trailed as Cowan had a game-high 19 points, with Guerrero adding 14 points in a supporting role Tuesday night at co-host Aurora Christian.
The Ottawa guards combined for five 3-pointers against Timothy Christian.
"Last year we played against them -- and (Cowan) basically did the same thing," said Timothy Christian junior guard Jordyn Strube, who led the Trojans with 14 points, largely courtesy of four 3-pointers.
Cowan had the final bucket of the first quarter as the Senators scored 15 of the 21 first-quarter points.
Emily DeBoer had an inside score for Timothy Christian late in the first half, but the Trojans' 3-point deficit at the time would be their smallest deficit for the rest of the game.
Cowan and Guerrero were operating in midseason form for the Senators.
"I had butterflies before the game," Cowan said of her first-game expectations. "I am trying to work on my midrange game. Last year (the Trojans) were a lot different team. We had to work a lot harder."
"This is my fifth season (as coach)," Michele Strube said. "I have had one winning season. We're usually right around .500, so we would like to change that."
Ottawa (1-0) scored the final 5 points of the second quarter to take a 25-17 lead into halftime.
But Timothy Christian (0-1) was hit with a 21-point Ottawa third quarter in trailing by double digits for the remainder of the game.
Jordyn Strube was the one bright spot for Timothy Christian in scoring all of her team-high points in the second and third quarters.
The junior suffered a wrist injury in the fourth quarter not believed to be a serious impediment.
"I was a little nervous (for the season opener), of course, but I got it out the first few seconds of the game," Jordyn Strube said. "I have played here before. I know the court. Shooting is definitely my strong point. Shooting is always the thing that I do."
Olivia Schuringa and Sureya Alex had 8 and 7 points, respectively, for Timothy Christian.