MANSON - The Estherville Lincoln Central girls' basketball team got its first action of the 2013-14 season against Manson-Northwest Webster on Tuesday.
The Cougars, ranked third in the preseason rankings for Class 2A, returned several of its top players from a year ago.
Meanwhile, the Midgets featured all new faces in the starting lineup as the top six players graduated from a squad that made three straight appearances at the state tournament.
Manson-Northwest Webster had little trouble with ELC in the 77-23 win.
ELC's squad has no seniors on the roster this year.
"This is the girls' first time playing together as a group and Manson was playing basically the same team as last year," said ELC coach Tony Klein. "They had a big advantage."
The Cougars jumped out to a 17-4 lead in the first quarter, led 44-10 at halftime and 61-15 after three quarters.
"I learned some things that should help us," said Klein. "When we did get into our offense we ran it well."
Megan Jensen led the Midgets with 11 points while Caitlyn Clayton had four points, six rebounds and four steals. Hallie Jensen, Cydnie Anderson, Colleen Humble and Molly Diekmann each had two points.
ELC was 3-of-8 from the free-throw line and shot 10-of-34 from the field. The Midgets attempted just one 3-pointer which was missed.