By ANDRES MARTINEZ
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
Like so many of her teammates, Kara Gerbus is anxious for the start of Great Lakes Valley Conference play.
That made Tuesday night's game against Hannibal-LaGrange University potentially dangerous.
The Quincy University women's basketball team made sure it avoided that. Gerbus scored 18 points and led the Lady Hawks to an 87-43 victory at Pepsi Arena.
"You can't take any team lightly," Gerbus said. "By no means, we didn't do that at all."
It would have been easy with the GLVC opener against Truman State looming Saturday.
"We know we got to take it one game at a time, each day at a time," Gerbus said. "We wanted to focus on the little things to help us prepare for Saturday's game."
The Lady Hawks had no trouble doing that.
"I was talking to my old (graduate assistant), and she was telling me you can't overlook any of these games because they always help you improve," QU senior guard Lucy Cramsey said. "I think that's one thing we got to keep in mind, no matter who our competition is."
The Trojans showed up to play, winning the opening tip and scoring on the initial possession.
A Gerbus 3-pointer 62 seconds into the game gave the Lady Hawks a lead they would never reliquish.
"Driving worked really well tonight," said Cramsey, who also scored 18 points. "Anytime we get ball reversals, we get open lanes."
The Lady Hawks went into halftime with a 46-19 lead over the Trojans but didn't let up.
"That's the biggest fear, just coming out and relaxing," QU coach Jeni Garber said. "(We wanted to) make sure that we did a better job in a couple of the areas and even come out even more energized in the first five minutes."
The Lady Hawks outscored the Trojans 15-8 in the first five minutes to help ice the win.
Now they can focus on Truman State and the GLVC.
"I love conference season," Cramsey said. "It's fun to play conference. That's the season for you."