CERRO GORDO – Shiloh's girls' basketball team is one in transition.
During the preseason, the references were about how the Raiders would replace the graduation loss of two of last season's top three scorers.
Eleven games into the current campaign, the solution was obvious. The transition game has pointed the team in the right direction.
Coach Dave Tingley's squad built a double-digit lead in Thursday's Little Okaw Valley Conference game before 2 1/2 minutes had elapsed and outran the Broncos 79-42.
"Defense first," Tingley said. "When we put pressure on (fullcourt), it gets our offense going."
Shiloh made 12 first-quarter baskets. Four were on breakaways after steals. Three were on layups, and two were on putbacks.
"We ran into a buzz saw," Cerro Gordo coach Eric Helms said. "Shiloh made us look bad."
Danielle Brown and Taylor Hawkins each converted two of the early steals into baskets. Shiloh forced nine first-quarter turnovers.
"If we're playing good defense, it gives us momentum and gets our offense started," said Brown, who scored a game-high 20 points.
The Raiders (11-0) built a 20-point lead after one quarter, 28-8, and the Broncos were never closer than 18 thereafter.
"Some girls who were JV last year have transitioned well to the varsity," Tingley said.
The offseason emphasis was to develop scorers to complement and alleviate the pressure on Erin Downey, an All-Area returnee who was the team's No. 1 scorer a year ago as a junior.
"We worked hard to get other people acclimated," Tingley said. "We knew otherwise teams would double-team Erin."
The result is a lineup of capable point-makers. Four starters reached double figures against Cerro Gordo.
"Teams can't game-plan to stop Erin," Tingley said. "We typically have another answer."
Downey scored 17 points against the Broncos and led all Raiders with nine rebounds. Lauren Bogle added 15 points, and Hawkins added 10.
"Our team works well together," Brown said.
Regardless of the outcome in upcoming games, Tingley will remain positive.
"We're happy we're 11-0, and we hope to keep the streak going," he said, "but if we don't, we'll find things to work on."
Cerro Gordo started the season 4-0 but is now 4-4. With one more win, however, the Broncos will match last season's final total.
"My goal is not just to improve to five or six wins," Helms said. "My goal is 20 wins, and I think we can be a 15- to 20-win team.
"We have two big games coming up and a chance to get some confidence back. If we can get a win, it can swing back the other way."
Seniors Beth Pickerill and Kelsi Wright each scored 10 points against Shiloh. Wright grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.