Nothing seemed to go right for much of the first three quarters of Augusta's home game Friday night.
Winfield's girls basketball team dominated the boards. The Orioles could not slow down Courtney Griffiths, who scored most of the Vikings' 10 second-chance points and finished with 17 points in all.
But the Orioles' defense came to life. They mixed in a 1-3-1 zone, they stiffened in man-to-man. Augusta cut a 14-point deciit to 40-34 after Baylee Johnston scored a laup on a pass from Casady Marlnee with 3 minutes left.
But the Vikings finally broke down Augusta's defense enough to get to the foul line and hold off Augusta for a 48-37 win.
"I thought we were much better defensively. We got solid defensively," coach Tracy Anderson. "More importantly, I thought Baylee Johnston came in and really stabilized us. She calmed us. We didn't rush things."
A day after losing to Buhler when they committed 25 turnovers, the Orioles had much better rhythm on offense and were able to spread the ball around better. They still had too many turnover to overcome.
Marlnee, who was not allowed to start after violating a team rule, put up 19 points and created good looks for her teammates. Maddy Leedom, Abby Tipton and Katy Nordman all added four points apiece.
The Orioles return to action next Friday at Circle for the second of their league schedule.
n Augusta's JV team got a 48-14 win against Buhler Thursday night. Clarice Dalziel led the Orioles with nine points. Johnston and Bailey Carr both added seven.
The freshman girls lost to Buhler 31-24. Taylor Hinnenkamp, who suffered a black eye during the game, still managed to score six points. Kaylee Guilliams led the Orioles with eight points in a 31-24 loss to Winfield.