JEWELL – The North Polk girls’ basketball team got off on the right foot in its quest to defend its Heart of Iowa Conference championship after whipping conference rival South Hamilton, 61-22, in its season opener Nov. 26 at Jewell.

North Polk outscored South Hamilton by at least 12 points in each of the first two quarters to build a 35-10 lead at the half. The Comets increased their lead to 34 points through three quarters and then coasted the rest of the way.

North Polk shot 42 percent from the field and the Comets made 4 of 13 3-pointers and 13 of 20 free throws. North Polk also compiled 30 rebounds and 13 steals on the night.

Miranda Murphy and her twin sister Megan were the go-to forces on offense as they combined for 39 points.

Miranda outscored South Hamilton all by herself in finishing with 23 points on 8 of 14 shooting from the field and a 6 of 8 effort from the line. Miranda also pulled down five rebounds and tallied three steals, one assist and one block.

Megan had 16 points after making 5 of 11 shots – including 3 of 6 3-pointers. Megan also led the team in steals with five and she had one assist.

Rachel Zimmerman tacked on eight points, four rebounds and three steals and freshman Maddy Hill contributed seven points, seven rebounds and one assists. Hannah Becker – another freshman – chipped in six rebounds and one assist, Macy Gill scored three points and Rebekah Long and Rebecca Rimathe each put up two points.

North Polk 61, South Hamilton 22

NP 17 18 16 10 – 61

SH 4 6 7 5 – 22

North Polk (61) – Macy Gill 1-4 1-2 3, Megan Murphy 5-11 3-4 16, Rebekah Long 1-1 0-0 2, Cali Capaldo 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Becker 0-1 0-0 0, Bekah Ward 0-2 0-0 0, Maddy Hill 2-5 3-4 7, Rachel Scott 0-2 0-0 0, Riley Murphy 0-5 0-2 0, Miranda Murphy 8-14 2-6 23, Jaci Sardou 0-0 0-0 0, Rachel Zimmerman 4-6 0-0 8, Rebecca Rimathe 1-1 0-0 2, Makayla Burt 0-0 0-0 0, Allison Hale 0-0 0-0 0. Total: 22-52 13-20 61. 3-point field goals (4): Me. Murphy 3, Mi. Murphy. Rebounds (30): Hill 7. Assists (6): Gill, Me. Murphy, Capaldo, Becker, Hill, Mi. Murphy. Steals (13): Me. Murphy 5. Blocks (2): Mi. Murphy, Hale.