Mount Hebron coach Dave Greenberg and Seton Keough coach Trish Cook each found something positive in yesterday's season opener, which both coaches termed "sloppy."
For Mount Hebron -- the defending Class 2A state champion -- the bright spot was the performance of 5-foot-1 sophomore guard Erica McCauley, who had 13 points and four assists to lead the host Vikings to a 52-37 victory.
Sophomore Sandra Benson added 10 points for Mount Hebron -- which has won its past six meetings with the Gators -- and senior Andrea Day pulled down 12 rebounds.
McCauley, who saw limited action in 13 games last season because of a recurring back injury, said she experienced no discomfort yesterday.
"Erica staying healthy is crucial," Greenberg said. "With her in there, it makes us a much better team."
McCauley started the game wearing a back brace, but took it off at halftime and gave it to teammate Cescili Drake, who was experiencing some pain in her back in the first half.
"I've been told by my doctor that I don't need it [the brace]," McCauley said. "It just makes me feel safer. It's a psychological thing."