Any concerns of starting slow, lacking focus or not playing with enough energy were nonexistent for the Muscatine girls basketball team Friday night.
The Muskies opened their regular season finale against Davenport West with a 15-0 first-quarter lead, which swelled to 39-1 by halftime before ending in a 69-18 victory, marking their fourth straight road win.
"We knew we were going to see a zone," Muscatine coach Susan Orvis said. "We talked about it in practice. I was really pleased first with how the kids came back and practiced the last few days after a tough one for us on Tuesday. They just did a better job attacking the zone.
"We needed this one. We needed to feel better about ourselves than we did on Tuesday."
After scoring just six points in the first half of a 39-38 overtime win against Burlington on Tuesday night, the Muskies came out firing offensively Friday.
Freshman Zoey Long shot 9-of-14 from beyond the arc and finished with a career-high 29 points. All nine players who saw minutes for the Muskies scored points, including 11 from Emily Woepking. As a team, Muscatine shot over 50 percent from the field and connected on 16-of-27 3-pointers.
The Muskies' focus now shifts to the postseason, particularly a first-round home regional game against Burlington on Wednesday.
"We like what we've learned this year," Orvis said. "We like kind of turning the page and having a fresh slate, but we also know it's right back to work on Sunday. It's really a new season for everybody."