ELDRIDGE – North Scott didn’t get caught looking ahead.
The Lancers simply took care of business on Tuesday, warming up for Friday’s match-up against Mississippi Athletic Conference girls basketball leader Pleasant Valley with a 73-41 rout of visiting Davenport Assumption.
North Scott stayed one game behind the Spartans by leading a no-stress match-up against the league’s fourth-place team from start to finish.
Three-point baskets by Alyssa Perrin and Rylie Rucker in the game’s first three minutes led the Lancers to a 6-0 lead and by the time the first quarter ended, four North Scott players had hit shots from behind the arc and the Knights were in a 22-13 hole.
“We had a couple of shots go down early, opened a lead and I think that let everybody just play," Lancers coach T.J. Case said. “It was as unselfish of a performance as we’ve had. We were making the extra pass, getting high-quality shots and playing great team basketball."
North Scott honored its three seniors prior to the start of the game and keeping with tradition, Case started all three and they didn’t disappoint.
“We went back and forth a bit on whether to go with the usual lineup with where we are in the conference right now or start all three seniors," Case said. “They’ve all meant a lot to our program and we ended up sticking with tradition and starting our seniors and they responded. They got us off to a great start."
The Lancers connected on six of its 11 shots from three-point range in the opening quarter and buried 8-of-15 attempts from three-point range overall in the game.
That offensive success was complemented by a defense which limited Assumption to 14-of-52 shooting from the field, a 26.9-percent effort which included hitting just 2-of-16 attempts from behind the arc.
That led the Lancers 42-20 halftime advantage which grew to 60-35 before the start of a fourth quarter which saw Assumption go 0-for-11 from the field.
“It was a complete game, and I think that was reflected in the balance we had. Everybody contributed on offense, everybody did their job on the boards, we did a good job of pushing the pace and getting our transition game going," Case said.
“It was a good overall effort leading into a game Friday against another great team in PV. While our ultimate goals are to get back to Des Moines and the state tournament, we’re excited to be in this position in the conference."
In tuning up for the Spartans, Rucker led four Lancers in double figures with a 16-point performance. Presley Case totaled 13, Grace Boffeli finished with 12 points and an equal number of rebounds and Sydney Happel collected 11 points for North Scott (14-2, 12-1 MAC).
Hannah Wislander and Carlye Brown led Assumption (9-7, 8-5) with eight points apiece.