CRETE — The Lakeview girls basketball team was plagued by turnovers in its season opener.

Crete’s defense wreaked havoc on the Vikings all night, never letting Lakeview get into any sort of offensive rhythm in a 61-27 road loss to the Cardinals.

“It’s a tough game to start with, but good competition will make us better,” Monte Jones said after his first game as the Vikings’ head coach.

Jones knew what Crete, a Class B ratings contender, was capable of coming off a 14-11 season and returning its top two players.

“I had an inkling coming into tonight that Crete was going to be very good,” he said. “They have two outstanding players and they lived up to that billing.”

The Cardinals jumped all over Lakeview from the start, leading 17-6 after the first quarter and 38-11 at halftime.

“I thought we lost some confidence early on, then it kind of steamrolled against us,” Jones said.

The Vikings played better in the second half, according to their head coach, and there are some positives to take away from that.

Abby Kapels had a team-high 11 points, but her impact was felt even more defensively as she recorded double-digit deflections in the game.

Gracie Borer returned from knee surgery to add seven points, showing no ill effects from the injury that sidelined her most of last season.

“She moved around very well,” Jones said. “She took the ball to the basket, into contact. I think she is going to have a great year.”

The Vikings have their home opener Saturday against Boone Central/Newman Grove and Jones wants to see his girls continue to work to implement his system.

“I want to see them trust the system and just stay aggressive,” he said.