Alta's boys basketball team, ranked No. 1 in 1A in The Des Moines Register's preseason poll, worked past Sioux Central 50-38 Tuesday in its season opener.
Aaron Hansen led the way with 12 points. Eight other Cyclones scored in the Northwest Conference contest.
"Defensively we had great intensity," said Alta coach Bart Smith. "We played hard and created a lot of havoc for their guards which allowed us to create turnovers and get into our transition game. We struggled a little bit on the offensive side. We missed a lot of open shots and we did not take care of the ball.
"But the good thing is, it's the first game. We had a few guys who haven't logged a lot of varsity minutes and it was good to get a win right off the bat to build some confidence for the upcoming games."
Trevor Tiefenthaler and Josh Reiling paced Sioux Central with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Reiling added 10 rebounds and two blocks; Tiefenthaler had four steals.
The Rebels got out-boarded 31-24 and made 27 turnovers, nine more than Alta.
"The kids played an excellent defensive game," Rebels coach Chris Wildeman said. "(They had) great energy and discipline on the defensive end of the floor. We got great bench play from Jason Richter and Steven Stoner.
"We need to do a much better job of taking care of the ball."
Alta heads to Schaller-Crestland tomorrow while Sioux Central goes to Aurelia.