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UNION SPRINGS — Moravia gave up the first bucket, but rattled off the next 10 points.

Three games into the new season, the experienced Blue Devils were able to go on a big run in the first quarter and outscore the Wolves 26-6 in the second, as the Moravia girls basketball team cruised to a 67-27 win over Union Springs at Union Springs High School Tuesday.

For Blue Devils coach John Crossgrove, he could see a difference between the young Wolves and his team during warmups.

"I feel like their nervousness rubbed off on us for just a few seconds ... but once we got one in, we calmed down and it took them a while to calm down. It's a whole new experience," Crossgrove said. "As Grace Wasileski said at halftime, 'I don't think that score does them justice. They can play. It's just nerves and they'll get over that.'"

Wasileski tallied 15 points, four assists and three rebounds for Moravia, while Kate Baylor added 15 points, four boards and a steal. Maddy Kelly chipped in 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals, and Sierra Lyon had nine points, two rebounds, four assists and six steals.

"The five who started are all returners," Crossgrove said. "So even if they didn't get the top minutes last year, they got the experience that is so valuable. They can understand, stay calm and adjust to things."

Renee Park had a team-high nine points for the Wolves, while Hunter Pettit and Rachel Culver each had four points. Eight of the nine Union Springs players who entered the game recorded a point.

Culver opened the scoring shortly into the contest, but Moravia answered with a 10-point run and led 15-6 at the end of the first quarter. The Blue Devils outscored the Wolves 26-6 in the next eight minutes and led 41-12 at halftime.

With a commanding lead, Crossgrove was able to rest a few of his starters. Moravia still outscored Union Springs 11-6 in the third and 15-9 in the fourth.

The Blue Devils are coming off their second straight trip to the section semifinals.

"The girls are doing a great job in this program of handing down what the expectations are, and I sort of keep my hands off and let them be leaders for each other and show how it's done," Crossgrove said. "It keeps working because we have good kids and good families that are committed and working hard. Lucky me."

Crossgrove believes the Blue Devils are still gelling early in the season. Moravia returned three starters from last year's squad, and others are still filling in the holes.

"We're still getting used to how to play with each other. Even though we know what type of personality we want to have as a team, it still takes time and practice. We still have a ways to go," Crossgrove said. "We all have high expectations. We hope to win every game we show up for."

Both teams return to action Friday. Union Springs visits Marathon, while Moravia takes on Southern Cayuga.

"It's a huge game. Another division game," Crossgrove said. "They have great guards and they had an outstanding game against us in our house last year and beat us. It's a big game. We've got to get better before then."

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Sports writer Jeremy Houghtaling can be reached at 315-282-2256 or at jeremy.houghtaling@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenHough.

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