PARDEEVILLE — Down two starters to illness and injury and going against a Cambria-Friesland team it lost to earlier in the season could have spelled trouble for the Pardeeville girls basketball team, but the Bulldogs didn’t flinch on Friday night.

In fact, they came out swinging, jumping out to a 26-3 lead on their way to an easy 54-21 victory over the visiting Hilltoppers in a Trailways West Conference game.

Pardeeville (10-10, 6-7 Trailways West) put the game out of reach almost immediately, scoring the game’s first eight points on two buckets each from sophomore Skylar Lynch and senior Courtney Peterson. After Cambria-Friesland (4-16, 2-11) finally got on the board with a 3-pointer from senior Lindsey Bauer to make it 8-3, the Bulldogs buried the Toppers by scoring the next 18 points.

Pardeeville sophomore Callie Brouette scored seven of her 11 points during the spurt, including a three-point play to get it started. Junior Rylie Mussehl, who finished with 11 points, finished the run with a baseline jumper that made it 26-3 with 5:10 to go in the half.

Pardeeville head coach Mike Brouette said his team played with energy right from the opening tip.

“We came out and put the pressure on them right away,” he said. “The kids played with energy, they rotated well, and we finished the easy buckets.”

Cambria-Friesland finally ended Pardeeville’s big run when senior Madisyn Owen scored from the right block to make it 28-5 with 4:30 to play in the half. The bucket ended a scoring drought that lasted just over 8 minutes.

Cambria-Friesland head coach Harold DeYoung wasn’t sure what went wrong with his team in early going.

“We played a real good game Tuesday night against Markesan and I don’t know if the energy that they used in that game, they just didn’t have it for this game,” DeYoung said. “There wasn’t any patience. There wasn’t any value to the basketball, no matter what we did. Give credit to Pardeeville; they took it to us right from the beginning, and they made their shots — all of them.”

Trailing 30-5 at the half, the Toppers were able to put together a much better showing in the second half. Senior Devon DeYoung’s 3-pointer from the left wing got the second half started, as Cambria-Friesland went on a 6-2 run to make it 32-11.

Pardeeville didn’t cool off for long, as Mussehl canned buckets on consecutive possessions — one a baseline jumper and the other a baseline drive off a shot fake — to give her team a 36-11 lead. Then after Cambria-Friesland’s Morgan Jones made a 3-pointer, Pardeeville answered with five straight points to take a 40-14 lead.

While Pardeeville relied on its quickness to create turnovers and get easy buckets in the first half, it used its half-court offense to get the job in the second half. Benefiting from the change was 6-foot-2 sophomore Aspen Klubertanz, who scored all 11 of her points in the second half, including one stretch that saw her score five straight for the Bulldogs to give them a 46-20 lead.

Klubertanz tied Callie Brouette and Peterson for team-high scoring honors with 11 points, while Mussehl finished with 10.

“It’s a complete team effort. That’s what we are right now; we’re not relying on one person,” Mike Brouette said. “Throughout the year, we had different leading scorers. When we play and we have the distribution that’s pretty equal amongst three, four or five kids, I think we’re pretty tough to beat.”

As for Cambria-Friesland, DeYoung was just happy his team found a way to play better after a disastrous first half.

“We calmed ourselves down, and had enough patience with the ball so we could get a decent shot,” DeYoung said. “But again, Pardeeville had a lead, they didn’t have to rush, they didn’t have to hurry. We didn’t have the capability to come back when we were down by that many points. But we did play a lot better in the second half.”

PARDEEVILLE 54, CAMBRIA-FRIESLAND 21

Cambria-Friesland 5 16 — 21

Pardeeville 30 24 — 54

CAMBRIA-FRIESLAND — Bauer 2 0-0 5, Jones 1 1-4 4, D. DeYoung 1 0-0 3, Burmania 0 1-4 1, Owen 1 1-2 3, Ebert 1 0-0 2, Agnew 1 0-0 3. Totals 7 3-12 21.

PARDEEVILLE — Lynch 2 0-0 4, Peterson 5 0-0 11, Mussehl 5 0-0 10, Klubertanz 5 1-1 11, Johnson 2 1-3 5, Guenther 1 0-0 2, Brouette 5 1-3 11. Totals 25 3-9 54.

3-point goals — CF 4 (Bauer 1, Jones 1, Deyoung 1, Agnew 1), PAR 1 (Peterson 1). Total fouls — PAR 12, CF 12.

PARDEEVILLE 54, CAMBRIA-FRIESLAND 21

Cambria-Friesland 5 16 — 21

Pardeeville 30 24 — 54

CAMBRIA-FRIESLAND — Bauer 2 0-0 5, Jones 1 1-4 4, D. DeYoung 1 0-0 3, Burmania 0 1-4 1, Owen 1 1-2 3, Ebert 1 0-0 2, Agnew 1 0-0 3. Totals 7 3-12 21.

PARDEEVILLE — Lynch 2 0-0 4, Peterson 5 0-0 11, Mussehl 5 0-0 10, Klubertanz 5 1-1 11, Johnson 2 1-3 5, Guenther 1 0-0 2, Brouette 5 1-3 11. Totals 25 3-9 54.

3-point goals — CF 4 (Bauer 1, Jones 1, Deyoung 1, Agnew 1), PAR 1 (Peterson 1). Total fouls — PAR 12, CF 12.