SOUTHWEST GLENDALE — The start to Tuesday evening's Horizon League girls' basketball contest was hardly picturesque.
But for all the chaos and, frankly, ugliness, as Holy Family was concerned, the first quarter was plenty effective.
The Gaels used their full-court press, the overall play of Gayle Lachica and the hot hand of Gaby Diaz to jump out to an early lead and never looked back on their way to a 55-32 league victory over visiting Sacred Heart of Jesus at the Pacific Park Community Center.
"I think the press definitely helped us," said Holy Family Coach Ernest Siy, whose Gaels improved to 3-10 and 1-1 in league after forcing 40 Sacred Heart turnovers. "It was definitely our strong suit tonight."
Both teams implemented a press, with Sacred Heart (1-8, 1-1) forcing 32 Holy Family turnovers.
The teams combined for 23 in a first quarter that saw four combined trips to the foul line in the first 2:09, but only a 1-1 score. But the Gaels — spearheaded by Diaz' game-high 19 points and Lachica's 11 points, 13 rebounds and six assists — eventually caught fire and scored the final nine points of the period to take a 16-5 lead into the second quarter.