Girls basketball: La Center 63, Stevenson 27

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Katie Whitten had 26 points, 12 steals and four assists to lead La Center to an easy win in the Trico League opener.

Shelby Vermuelen and Rachel Moudy each added eight points and Katie Hebdon had six rebounds as the Wildcats built a 40-9 lead by halftime.

"We had a lot of young girls playing tonight, so that kind of scared me," La Center coach Herm VanWeerdhuizen said. "But they stepped up and played well tonight."

LA CENTER 63, STEVENSON 27

STEVENSON -- Alexis McKee 2, Chevy Peschel 0, Courtney Nieto 0, Jewel McKee 11, Haley Ulrey 2, Tiffany Wherli 0, Taryn Midland 2, Ari Morris 3, Christel Pat 0, Kendra Nichols 5, Amelia Hanley 0, Maddie Krog 2. Totals 12 (2) 1-5 27.

LA CENTER -- Katie Whitten 26, Alicen Smith 7, Ashley Denney 0, Kayla Aguirre 2, Hannah Chromey 0, Andrea Griffee 7, Katie Hebdon 0, Rachel Moudy 8, Megan Muffett 2, Amanda Moudy 3, Shelby Vermuelen 8. Totals 24-50 (8-16) 7-12 63.

Stevenson 6 3 11 7--27

La Center 22 18 11 12--63

JV -- La Center 30-19.