Glendale held an 18-13 halftime lead over Hoover (1-13, 0-7), but began to pull away in the third with seven straight points to end the quarter. The Nitros caught fire in the fourth, however, hitting six of their first seven shots, including four three-pointers, to put the game away.
"We came out with energy," said first-year Tornadoes Coach Stan Watson. "We talked about what the game was about, how it wasn't about the Xs and Os, it was about the rivalry.
"I thought the ladies played hard, they gave us a good effort."
On the strength of a Kariz Alberto jumper and a Sharis Rostamian three-pointer, the Tornadoes jumped out to a 5-0 lead. On defense, a double-team of Glendale's Stella Ghazarian worked well in the early going, even if Glendale came back for an 11-6 lead at first quarter's end, as Keasha Luna scored Glendale's first six points.
"I think we did a good job double-teaming Stella," Watson said. "It worked, we were right there, we were in place and I think our turnovers just got us."
Serah Mirzaeian had 11 points, six rebounds and three assists for Glendale, while Ghazarian had 11 points and five boards and Luna finished with eight points and eight rebounds. Hoover was led by 10 points from Amatia Golbodaghi and seven from Rostamian.
Glendale's 19 of 64 shooting (30%) for the game was hardly lights out, but it was drastically better than Hoover's 10 of 50 woes that were best exemplified during a period in between a Rostamian three with 3:31 left in the third and an Allison Zalin putback in the fourth with 2:18 remaining in the game. In between then, the Tornadoes had just two points — both on free throws.