Bailey Brown missed her first shot of the night.
She didn't miss much else.
Brown poured in a team-high 28 points and was 8 of 11 from behind the 3-point line to lead Class 3A No. 7 Assumption to a 69-41 win over Davenport North on Friday at Davenport North High School.
"After the first miss, I was like, 'OK, that's not going to dictate the rest of the game,'" Brown said. "After that my teammates got me the ball and I shot it and was just in motion the rest of the game."
The Knights and Wildcats were close for the first three minutes, with Assumption holding an 8-7 lead before Brown exploded for 11 of the Knights' next 13 points, helping Assumption build a 21-8 lead after the first quarter.
North rallied back, holding the Knights (2-2, 2-0 MAC) without a field goal for over six minutes to cut the lead to 30-22 at the half.
North kept with it in the third quarter, trailing 42-31, but turnovers did the Wildcats in. North committed 34 turnovers in the game, 20 in the second half as the Knights outscored the Wildcats 27-10 in the final quarter to pull away.
"They came out and gave it to us right away," North coach Matt Hoeppner said. "We came out and did a good job for quite a while there after we got punched in the mouth, but we've got to finish."
North had the same second-half struggles in their season-opening loss to Class 5A No. 11 Bettendorf but showed positives in the game. Paige Bradford led the Wildcats with 11 points and eight rebounds, but North got contributions from several different players, including Bailey Ortega who had nine points and Coral Dillie who had six.
"We've got a lot of good, hard-working kids there that even after taking it a couple times, they're showing up, working hard, and that's what we've got to keep doing," Hoeppner said. "They keep working hard, they keep finding it and we'll get over the hump."
Along with Brown's big day, the Knights had players up and down the lineup find ways to help grab the win. Hannah Wislander scored 11 points and had 12 rebounds while Carlye Brown added 10 points and Grace Jacobsen had eight points. The Knights outrebounded the Wildcats 37-33 and held North to 30 percent from the field.
"We executed our game plan perfectly I thought, especially defensively," Assumption coach Katelyn McNamara said. "We really took care of the pressure, and we were trying to make it hard on them and their guards. ... I thought we did a good job on the boards, didn't allow many second chances."