WATERLOO — The learning curve for the youthful Waterloo Christian girls’ basketball team got a little straighter Monday night as the Regents made beelines to the basket.

Facing CAL in a matchup of teams searching for their first win, the Regents went on the attack early and often as they dominated during a 52-11 Iowa Star Conference win.

Paced by an aggressive game from freshman Amber Smith, Waterloo Christian jumped out to a 16-2 lead after the first eight minutes, with Smith pouring in 10 points. Smith finished the game with 16 points, plus kept her hands busy with five steals.

“Tonight we showed we can play a good game,” said Smith. “It just felt so good to come out on top.”

The Regents (1-9) built a 25-5 lead at the break.

“We have worked this year at being more well-rounded,” Waterloo Christian coach Carmen Wipf said. “We didn’t want to just come out and feed the ball to Emma (Armbrecht) all the time, we wanted other girls to take the shots, as well. We are learning the read and react play on offense and they did really well tonight.”

The Regents never let up in the second half as Smith came back on the floor after taking the second quarter off and dropped in six tough points from inside the lane.

The third quarter ended with the Regents enjoying the 35-point running clock.

Armbrecht, who leads the team in scoring, finished with 13 points, and the Regents were able to get seven players into the scoring column.

“We are a very young team but we really came out aggressive and did what we needed to do,” Wipf said. “We played a struggling team tonight that will not be playing next year. We have been in their shoes and know how that feels.

“It was very good to get that experience we need from everyone because we have some really tough games coming up. We just need to keep working hard and gain the experience needed.”

Waterloo Christian got 31 points from its bench. Along with Smith’s 16, Autumn Borkowitz added eight and Sydney Singh chipped in six.

“It feels good to know we can play this well and come out on top,” added Smith. “This will help with our confidence when we play against some tougher teams.”

Wat. Christian 52, CAL 11

CAL (0-12) — Kassidy State 2 4-4 8, Erin Heldenbrand 1 0-1 2, Jennifer Rameriz 0 0-0 0, Delany Peil 0 0-0 0, Liah Murray 0 1-1 1, Emily Gage 0 0-0 0, Stephanie Castro 0 0-0 0. Totals 3 5-7 11.

WATERLOO CHRISTIAN (1-9) — Emma Armbrecht 6 1-3 13, Amber Smith 7 2-5 16, Gracie Davis 0 0-0 0, Tessa Wynthein 2 2-2 6, Anne Ochsner 0 0-2 0, Sydney Singh 2 2-3 6, Ella Sankey 1 0-1 2, Autumn Borkowitz 2 4-6 8, Ashlyn Walston 0 0-0 0, Emma Dyball 0 0-0 0 , Grace Sliger 01-4 1, Mauriela Rubio 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 12-26 52.

CAL 2 3 2 4 — 11

Wat. Christian 16 9 18 9 — 52

3-point goals—CAL 0, Waterloo Christian 0. Total fouls—CAL 26, Waterloo Christian 15. Fouled out—Peil, Ramirez, Murray.

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