One area of its game that the Hastings High girls basketball team has struggled with at times this season has been slow starts, especially on offense.
That definitely wasn't the case Saturday against Lexington.
The Tigers scored on 10 of their 12 offensive possessions in the first quarter, including the first six to start the game, to develop a 22-12 lead.
Then the defense kicked in during the second half, helping Hastings High (5-5) pick up its third-straight victory with a 56-36 win over the Minutemaids (1-10).
"We haven't done that in the beginning of games, but our offense has done that in different stretches," said head coach Greg Mays.
Three girls finished in double figures offensively for Hastings, whose 56 points was the second-highest output this season. The Tigers scored 58 against Lexington in a win at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference tournament on Dec. 30.