Tipping off to a sizzling start in their season-opener Tuesday night on the road, the Blevins Hornets cruised to victory against the Emerson Pirate 88-61.

Tipping off to a sizzling start in their season-opener Tuesday night on the road, the Blevins Hornets cruised to victory against the Emerson Pirate 88-61.

The Hornets was led by a dynamic performance from senior big man Zane Kirkham recording a career-high 39 points to lead all scorers. Kirkham shot 77 percent from the free-throw line hitting 7-for-9 shots and scored 22 points of his 39 in the third quarter with three fouls in the first quarter of play.

Overall, the Hornets had balanced production of team scoring with two players posting in double-figures and productive bench contribution in their season-opener on the hardwood for the 2017-18 basketball season.

Blevins veteran head basketball coach Scott Kelton felt it was productive to put points on the board but his Hornets must key up on playing better defense in order to be polished up and ready to compete in the conference.

In first quarter action, the Hornets exploded to a 27-12 advantage over the Pirates. In the second, the Hornets dropped 22 points, but the Pirates nailed 24 points to out-score Blevins. At halftime, the Hornets held a 49-36 lead over Emerson at the break.

In the second half, the Hornets added 39 points with 24 in the third and 15 points the fourth quarter. Emerson totaled for 25 points for third and fourth quarter scoring combined, but the Hornets went onto a 27 point win to start the season 1-0.

Hornets' Deandre Burton and Cameron Lane each scored in double-figures with 14 points apiece. Dylan Fulton came off the bench to contribute eight points, Ernan Gomez added five points and Corta Young had four points.

Prior to their season-opener at Emerson, the Hornets competed in a preseason jamboree hosted at Ouachita High School last Friday night. The Hornets won both games against Ouachita and Caddo Hills and coach Kelton was pleased of their performance.

Tonight at 5:30 p.m., the Hornets and Jr. Hornets will Bradley in the home-opener on Homecoming at the Imon G. Brown Gymnasium.  Next week, Tuesday Oct. 24 the Hornets travel back to battle the Ouachita Warriors and then Thursday Oct. 26 head to Rosston to face good talented Class 1A Nevada Blue Jays.