The Muenster Hornets couldn’t have asked for a better first quarter against Alvord on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Muenster steamrolled Alvord 28-0 in the first frame on the way to a 78-36 victory.

Defensively, despite the lopsided score, the Hornets were concerned about Alvord’s offense.

“We were really leery of making sure that we matched their athleticism, their speed and their strength,” Muenster head coach Lynn Cook said. “Then we had to make sure that we cover up shooters because if you give them a lot of looks, they’re going to knock them down. We did a really good job of taking those things away, combating their athleticism and then taking away their comfort when they’re shooting the ball.”

Five Hornets scored in double digits, led by Danny Luttmer’s 22 points. Luttmer was 9-of-16 from the field, including three 3-pointers. Kody Walterscheid totaled 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting while Byrson Culwell added 13 points and Kane Tamplin and Major Eldridge had 12 points each. Tamplin led the team with six assists while Culwell also had five assists.

“We’re playing our best basketball right now and hopefully we can keep rolling with it, but I’m very pleased with the direction that we’re going and the response that I’m getting from the guys,” Cook said. “Two weeks ago, I don’t know if we’re gonna be able to get to where I wanted to be in two weeks but fast forward to today and yeah, I’m comfortable with where we are.”

Muenster had a 45-7 lead at halftime and were never in danger of losing their lead despite only outscoring the Bulldogs by four points in the second half.

“You couldn’t draw off a better first half especially the first quarter,” Cook said. “I think we missed one two-point shot and we missed two three-point shots the entire quarter. I think it was 31 or 32 to nothing before they scored.”

The Hornets are 10-4 overall on the season and 3-0 in district play with wins over Poolville, Chico and Alvord.

They will host Era on Friday, Jan. 25 in the final game of the first leg of district play.

Cook expects the second half of district play to be difficult.

“When we get to the second half, our first game will be on the road at Poolville,” Cook said. “So it’s a hostile environment. That’ll be good experience for us to go on the road in a hostile environment with the motivated team that’s playing against us. They’re a very good team. We need to be successful to give ourselves a chance to win. That’ll be good for potential playoff games down the road.”

Patrick Hayslip can be reached at sports@gainesvilleregister.com or on Twitter at @PatrickHayslip