Both Augusta’s and Mulvane’s girls basketball teams played like it was the first game of the season in the first quarter.

Augusta had eight turnovers and Mulvane had seven in the quarter. But the Wildcats were able to apply pressure defense  and force Augusta into tough situations all night. Mulvane rode that defense to a 45-33 win Friday night in the season opener.

“My point guard play really struggled tonight, and I thought Mulvane did a great job of pressuring the ball from that aspect,” said coach Tracy Anderson said.

Anderson liked the effort the Orioles gave rebounding the ball, especially on offense. She also thought the Orioles played solid defense, but they couldn’t overcome some mistakes they made.

“Sometimes our own offense was our worst defense, because we’d turn the ball over for a layup,” Anderson said.

Mulvane scored some easy baskets after stealing outlet or inbound passes in the second quarter. Elise Gerlach scored 10 of her 15 points, four of which were off steals. Aubree Burkhart also had 15 points for the Wildcats.

Kalie Robinson hit a 3-pointer and Taylor Childers made two free throws for an early first-quarter lead. Junior Casady Marlnee tied for a team-high seven points, but all of them came in the second half after she was put in foul trouble.

Kylie Wesbrooks scored a layup after making a steal, and Brooke Eberhardt hit three jumpers for six points for Augusta.

Mulvane 45, Augusta 33
Augusta—Robinson 3 0-0 7 (1), Marlnee 1 5-7 7, Eberhardt 3 0-0 6, Becker 2 0-4 4, Wesbrooks 1 1-2 3, Burkett 0 3-4 3, Childers 0 3-4 3. Team—10 12-21 33 (1).