The schedule will say that Horizon Christian flattened Trout Lake 61-38 in the season opener, but the game was little more than an exhibition after the opening five moments.
The Hawks hit the Mustangs with a full court press which led to a 14-0 run to start the game for the Hawks. After the Mustangs got on the board, the Hawks followed with a 12-0 run for a 26-3 lead early in the second quarter and subsequently began emptying their bench.
"The first five minutes we played really intense and we just need to keep up that intensity the rest of the way," Horizon guard Max Totaro said.
Matt Totaro led all scorers with 17 points for Horizon with Max Totaro adding 11. Nakae Jackson led Trout Lake with 14 points.
Horizon coach Darrin Lingel used the big lead as on opportunity to test out different lineups heading into this weekend's Horizon Christmas Tournament at the school, which will see the Hawk boys host Open Door, C.S. Lewis and the Jesuit JV team.
"It's the first game of a long journey," Lingel said.
In the girls game earlier in the evening, the contest was much more competitive, with Trout Lake pulling away late for a 43-25 lead.
McKenzie Mellow led the Hawks with nine points while Trista Hicks had seven. Caitlyn Scott and Ashley Sampson each had 14 points for Trout Lake to lead all scorers.
The Hawk girls also used a full court press early, and had a 13-8 lead after the first quarter, but could not hold the momentum. A turnover-plagued second quarter by the Hawks gave Trout Lake an opening and they managed a 10-point swing to take a five-point lead to the half following a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Maggie Baker.
The Hawks tried to rally in the second half, closing to within four points several times, but could get no closer than that, as Trout Lake took advantage of several more Horizon turnovers late in the game to put away the victory.