Charisse Williams

The Westminster girls basketball team scored 24 first-quarter points Tuesday and then failed to score again until nearly six minutes had elapsed in the second quarter.

“That’s basketball, and it’s something we’ve experienced a number of times this season,” Wildcats coach Steve Stipanovich said. “As a coach, if I could somehow figure out the secret to scoring 24 points in a quarter more often, things would run a lot smoother around here.”

As it was, Westminster’s strong start was more than enough to set the tone in a 71-42 rout of visiting Marquette, a team the Wildcats defeated 53-48 on Jan. 3 in the semifinals of the Parkway West Tournament.