DIXFIELD — Dirigo’s season-opener in girls’ basketball was postponed twice, but Thursday night was worth wait for the Cougars.
Jessica Conant, Kelsey Hutchins and Lauren Henderson combined for 54 points as in a 66-30 verdict over Lisbon at Defoe Gym.
Dirigo (1-0) was anxious to see action and capitalized on Lisbon miscues. Conant (20 points), Hutchins (19) and Henderson (15) each ran the floor with precision.
“The girls are excited,” Dirigo coach Karen Magnusson said.
Magnusson’s husband Travis coaches the Dirigo boys. They are believed to be the only husband-wife coaching basketball teams at the same school in the state.
“There will be a lot of running, because I like an up-tempo game,” she added. “Our defense is going to go after them.”
Dirigo scored nine unanswered points in the second quarter to open a 20-point lead.
Rachel Knight made two free throws, Henderson scored and Conant made a conventional 3-point play. Emma Lueders, who led the team in assists, fed Hutchins for a fast break layup.
Lisbon (0-2) put together a mini-run on baskets by Mikayla Yanez (10 points) and Bree Sautter.
Sautter added a 3-pointer. The Greyhounds was their own worst enemy, shooting 24 percent and committing 23 turnovers.
“We needed to take care of the ball,” Lisbon coach Julie Petrie said. ”We also have to attack the rim better. We missed a lot of layups.”
Dirigo opened the third quarter with 10 unanswered points to lead 43-19. Hutchins and Conant each made baskets. Henderson, who was a force going after loose balls, buried a trey.
“On the positive side, the kids never gave up,” Petrie said. ”They fought, and we did look better than we did in our loss at Monmouth.”’
Kaylin Le scored eight points for the Greyhounds.
The Cougars made 25 of 55 shots, 13 of 20 free throws, and turned the ball over 17 times in the fast-paced game.