The movie phrase is: “You had me at hello.”

That’s just about how soon the No. 6-ranked Anderson Lady Tribe secured the victory over Muncie Central Saturday afternoon.

Anderson hit its first eight shots and by the time the Bearcats could overcome the shock and called their first full time out, AHS led 17-1 on its way to a 29-6 first quarter.

“The girls were really hyped for a (North Central) Conference game,” said Anderson coach Chad Wetz of his team’s 79-38 win. “A conference championship is one of our goals.” The team is now 1-0 in that pursuit.

Central came out in a box zone and a chaser on AHS sharpshooter De’ja Wills. It was ineffective to say the least as Wills hit all but one shot in the opening quarter, scoring 10 points over the first eight minutes.

Things weren’t much better for the visitors on their offensive end. At least half of their passes in the quarter ended up in the home team’s hands or was touched by a Tribe player’s hands on the way toward its intended target. Central had seven turnovers in that stretch, just one less than the total number of field goal attempts in the quarter.

Then the Anderson bench came out in the second quarter and still the Bearcats were a bit overwhelmed. The Indians outscored the Bearcats 18-11 over the next eight minutes to take a 47-17 halftime lead.

If there was any negative about the game for Anderson it was the going-through-the-motions way the starters played the third quarter. But the bench scored all of the fourth-quarter points as Anderson went to 7-0 by pulling away from Central (4-2) at the end.

“Our bench play was excellent,” said Wetz. “Jasmine McGhee is starting to show she can come in and change the game.”

McGhee hit half of her field goals and the same percentage of four free throws to score 10 points. Her point putput was exceeded only by Wills, who finished with 15 and Jessica Troutman, who played strong off the bench with 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds. AHS won the rebound battle, 44-28.

Despite using 10 players liberally, Anderson hit 31 of 66 from the field.

The Bearcats could net just 15 of 41 shots, including getting absolutely nothing out of eight from beyond the arc. Junior Jessica Blankenship was the brightest star for the visitors. She hit 4 of 7 from the field and added a pair of free throws for 10 points.

None of her teammates scored more than six. Central’s starters scored just 18 of its 38 points. Anderson is in action Tuesday when the Tribe travels to Mount Vernon. The junior varsity tipoff is at 6 p.m.

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