Working to gain consistency on both ends of the court, a youthful Twinsburg girls basketball team opened up the 2017-2018 season with a split.

A new-look Twinsburg squad opened the season last Wednesday at home in a challenging opener against Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary.

Fueled by a 21-8 first quarter, the undefeated Irish won 65-51 in a tough opener.

Against a much-improved Cuyahoga Falls unit, host Twinsburg moved to 1-1 after capturing the league opener 53-40 Saturday.

Falls, 12-12 last year, is expected to improve on last winter’s 4-10 finish in the Suburban League National Division.

The Black Tigers (2-1) actually led early on and won the first quarter, 13-7.

However, Twinsburg started to get its rhythm and outscored Falls 30-16 in the next two quarters to take control.

Senior forward-guard Trinity Carthen excelled with 16 points for the Lady Tigers while junior guard Nya Bussey netted 14 points.

The 5-foot-10 Carthen also converted six shots at the free line as Twinsburg made 16 at the stripe.

Bussey also made six shots at the charity stripe and junior post Kyndall Hill had four.

Hill netted 10 points in a strong outing while sophomore Alana Ellis scored nine.

Freshman guard Kayla White chipped in two points while juniors Brittany Williams and Briana Jones each made one free throw for Twinsburg, which graduated four multiple-year starters from last year.

Leading Falls was the talented 5-10 sister combination of four-year starter Kayla Huffman (13 points) and sophomore Chelsea Huffman (16).

In the loss to St. Vincent-St. Mary (3-0), Ellis had a strong opener as she responded with 19 points on the strength of seven baskets.

A three-year veteran, Bussey scored 14 points. Carthen (eight) also was a big contributor against the Irish while White showed her promise by adding four points.

Williams added two points against the Lady Irish as did Tiger freshman guard Jada Austin and Hill.

However, Twinsburg allowed 57 points through three quarters of action and head coach Julie Solis wants to improve on that.

The Irish had balance as guard Kendall Miller had 13 points, guard Jada Haines had 12, and shooting guard Faith Williams had three 3-pointers and 11 points. Maria Dobson is another guard who had 10 points.

Twinsburg defended well against Irish bigs like Sophia Williams (two points) and Aubrie Marsh (seven), but were hurt on the boards at times.

Solis has been without the services of returning 6-foot senior forward Brittany Jolly, who is out with an ACL recovery.

The Lady Tigers host Brecksville Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and will host Stow-Munroe Falls next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

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