Junior Mya Walker poured in a school-record 32 points and Taylor Agler added 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven steals as Orange opened its season with an impressive 82-65 non-league win over visiting Africentric Friday in Lewis Center.
The Pioneers (1-0) held an edge in every quarter, taking a 25-20 advantage after one, a 44-37 lead into the break and a 66-51 margin into the final quarter of action.
“Africentric is a good team, a very athletic team, and I think our girls did a great job handling their pressure,” Orange coach Mary Ann Grimes said. “Everyone did what they needed to do and I was most impressed with the way they shared the ball and communicated.”
Orange’s Kelsey Lewis was also solid, closing with eight points and a team-best 15 rebounds.
The Pioneers return to action Tuesday against host Westerville South.
Olentangy 72, Granville 56
The Braves kicked off their 2011-12 campaign with an impressive offensive showing, scoring no less than 17 points in any of the four quarters Friday in Granville.
Olentangy outscored the hosts 17-8 in the first quarter and, after Granville clawed back a bit in the second, sealed the deal with a 20-16 third quarter and an 18-12 run in the fourth.
“I’m obviously happy with the offense,” Olentangy coach John Feasel said. “Defensively, we have some things to work on, but we’ll get it together and get ready for Westerville North next Friday night.”
The Braves’ attack was a balanced one, with Brooke Zwayer leading the charge with 16 points. Other top scorers included Megan Beidelman, who had 12 points; Lydia Hyburg, who closed with 10; and the duo of Nicole Payne and Gina Miccinilli, who had nine each.