A sluggish start isn't conducive to the success of the Winfield High School girls basketball team.
One night after scoring just one first-quarter point in a loss at Buhler, the Lady Vikings were shut out in the first quarter Tuesday night in a 49-32 home loss to first-place and undefeated Towanda-Circle in AV-CTL D-III action in Ollie Thomas Gymnasium.
The WHS boys fell 73-45.
Circle led 11-0 after the first quarter and 20-9 at halftime.
Aleigha Gale buried a pair of fourth-quarter 3-pointers and led Winfield 1ith 10 points, all coming in the second half. Emily Randall and Camden Humphreys added seven points apiece for the Lady Vikings, who finished 4 of 9 from the foul line.
Kimalee Cook scored 10 of her game-high 13 points in the second half foe the Lady Thunderbirds (8-0, 4-0), who were 11 of 16 from the line. Mallory Cowman added 10 points and Madi Michaelis went 4 of 4 from the line in an eight-point effort.
The Circle boys connected on twice as many freebies as Winfield.
The Vikings (1-6, 1-3 AV-CTL D-III) dropped their fourth straight.
Circle went 28 of 40 from the line, including 12 of 13 down the stretch when the Vikings were forced to foul.
Winfield was a solid 13 of 19 from the stripe.
The T-birds (3-5, 2-2) jumped ahead 19-10 in the first quarter and extended the lead to 35-19 at the break.
Nolan Foust was the only Winfield player with more than six points, finishing with 13.
Matt Hromek led four Circle players in double figures ith 13 points. Luke Beougher added 14 points, Eli Jacobsen registered 13 and Drew Middleton chipped in 10.
For more on WHS basketball, see Thursday's CourierTraveler.