WENTZVILLE • On Jan. 19, the Francis Howell girls basketball team defeated Timberland by 21 points.
Monday, the teams got a chance to renew acquaintances, and the host Wolves came out firing this time to earn a 56-43 win in the opening round of Class 5 District 6 play.
"This felt great because we usually don't start that hot in a game," Timberland sophomore guard Sam Domalewski said. "I know I was feeling it."
Domalewski got the Wolves off and running as she drained four 3-pointers in the first quarter alone, as fifth-seeded Timberland (9-16) rolled to the nine-point lead by quarter's end.
In total, Timberland sank eight three-pointers on Monday.
Domalewski's final long-range shot of the quarter came just in advance of the buzzer to give the Wolves an 18-9 lead.
"That shot sure got me pumped," she said. "I think it got everybody pumped up."
One of Domalewski's teammates who, obviously, was pumped was Allison Lockett.
Lockett scored 10 of her points in the second quarter alone, as Timberland grew its lead to 32-20 by halftime.
"I just really wanted to keep the same type of momentum going we had in the first quarter," Lockett said.
Timberland coach Hayley Leake said she was very pleased Monday -- as she has been all season -- by the varied scoring attack her team has possessed.
"One thing you can say about this team is that we're kind of unconscious when it comes to our play," Leake said. "Sometimes that can be a good thing and sometimes that can be a very bad thing. Tonight, it was a good thing. Alison will step up and take shots. Taliesha (Hart) will take those shots and it opens things up for us."
Fourth-seeded Howell (11-16) scored the first eight points of the third quarter to cut the Timberland lead to just four.
Katie James scored four of the points to help the Vikings get back into the game.
"We had a rough first half," Howell coach Melanie Zerr said. "When we don't play defense well -- not to downplay anything Timberland did -- but when we don't cover their shooters and leave them wide open, they're going to score. That didn't help us."
Timberland stepped on the metaphorical accelerator from that point on, outscoring Howell 14-4 the rest of the quarter to restore the sizeable lead.
Leake said she was happy by her team's response to the shrinking lead.
"We knew that Francis Howell would make a run," Leake said. "They're a good group of girls and we knew they would come at us strong. It really just took us to slow down and focus on the things we do well."
Domalewski led all scorers with 20 points. Lockett added 15 and Hart pitched in seven.
James paced Howell with 12 points. Morgan Winkler added 11 points and Whitney Adams added 10 points.
The win means Timberland will return to action Tuesday to take on the district's top seed, Fort Zumwalt West, at 5:30 p.m.
"I don't believe that we played Timberland basketball last Friday," Leake said. "We are given a second opportunity tomorrow night and we are looking forward to that."