HALSTEAD — A for a team that starts five sophomores, the Halstead High School girls’ basketball team got off to a strong start, burying rival Remington 50-15 Friday in the season opener for both teams in Halstead.

Sophomore post Karenna Gerber led the Halstead attack with 15 points, followed by sophomore Madison McClain with 11. No Remington player scored more than three.

“We got a little tired sometimes and we got a little hand-sy with the fouls, but that’s something we can clean up as the season goes on,” Halstead coach Derek Schutte said. “There maybe was a few nerves for our first game. Once we settled down, they were trying to keep the ball out of the lane and (point guard) Haley Lewis did a good job of getting us into our stuff. We made a few extra passes and were then able to get the ball to Karenna inside, where she would finish them.

“It was good,” Gerber said. “We got off to a rough start, but it felt good to get out there. It was good playing with all of them. They are all great teammates. We work a lot on transition in practice and it paid off. We just want to keep working hard. We’re trying to make it to state this year. We want to keep playing as a team.”

The Dragons spoil the debut of Remington coach Maddijo Kennedy.

“They’re learning a new system,” Kennedy said. “We’re trying to improve as we go. They’re hard workers and they will get better as we go on.”

Halstead jumped out 6-0 in the first 64 seconds of the game, forcing a pair of Remington turnovers. Halstead extended its run to 10-0 before Madison Hamilton hit a layup with 2:34 left in the period. Gerber had the last basket of the period to put Halstead up 12-2.

Halstead struggled with foul trouble in the second quarter, but continued to put the lead, leading 29-8 at the half.

Remington was two for 10 at the free throw line in the first half, while Halstead was seven for 10.

Halstead scored the first five points of the third quarter. A Desiree Ingalsbe jumper with 6:22 left in the period put Remington in double figures.

A Josie Engel trey at the third quarter buzzer put Halstead up 45-13 to ensure the 30-point running clock in the fourth quarter.

After a 5-0 Halstead run, Lucy Entz scored Remington’s first points of the fourth quarter with just under two minutes remaining.

Halstead hosts Ell-Saline Tuesday in the first round of the Tri-County Classic. The Dragons also face Bennington and Minneapolis.

“I don’t know a whole lot (Ell-Saline),” Schutte said. “Bennington is much improved. They are athletic and their gym is a pretty tough place to play. Minneapolis is always tough. We will just focus on us and try to get better.”

Remington plays Peabody-Burns and Berean Academy in pool play of the Marion Classic.

“I don’t know much about Peabody-Burns,” Kennedy said. “Berean is my alma mater. I graduated there in ’08. I know what they offer. We’re going to have to execute to make it a good game.”

REMINGTON (0-1) — Wedel 0 0-0 1, 0; Crisp 0 1-3 2, 1; Hamilton 1 0-0 0, 2; Thunberg 1 0-0 2, 2; Regier 1 1-6 1, 3; A.Entz 1 0-0 2, 2; Wiebe 0 0-0 2, 0; Hilgenfeldt 0 0-2 1, 0; McLaughlin 0 0-0 0, 0; Ingalsbe 1 1-4 2, 3; L.Entz 1 0-0 0, 2; TOTALS 6 3-15 13, 15.

HALSTEAD (1-0) — H.Lewis 0 0-0 1, 0; Heck 0 0-0 0, 0; C.Lewis 0 0-0 0, 0; Schroeder 1 0-0 4, 2; Gerber 8 5-6 2, 21; Kelley 0 0-0 0, 0; Newman 1 1-3 0, 3; Engel 1 (2) 1-2 2, 9; Werner 2 0-0 0, 4; Black 0 0-0 1, 0; McClain 1 (3) 0-0 4, 11; TOTALS 14 (5) 7-11 14, 50.