Miami coach Brian Busby has preached to his Lady Wardogs that they must be dialed in to the matter at hand from the start if they want to have success.

They were definitely there in the first quarter of Thursday night’s 53-21 victory over Chetopa, Kan.

“I thought we came out focused,” Busby said following the Girls’ Gold division game in the Northeastern A&M Tournament. “That’s something we’ve talked about, being ready from the start. That’s what we were.”

The Lady Wardogs (2-8) sprinted out to a 21-4 lead in the first quarter thanks to the shooting of Nikki Mullin and Kylee Carder.

Mullin drained a pair of 3-point goals and Carder nailed three against the Lady Dragons 2-3 zone.

“When you start knocking down some shots, you start getting a little confidence, then that opens up the inside game,” Busby said.

“They challenged us to shoot outside. That’s what you’ve got to do, knock down a shot or two from the outside.”

Chetopa (3-5) scored the first six points of the second quarter but the Lady Wardogs went on a 12-0 tear over the next 4:25 to balloon the lead to 33-10 at the break.

Miami held a 12-8 edge in the third period and outscored the Lady Dragons 8-3 in the fourth, which was played with a continuous clock.

Carder wound up with a game-high 11 points. She was joined by Ashlynn Waltz with 10.

Emily Moses and Myiesha Johnson scored seven and six, respectively, for Chetopa.