Rocky Mount High’s Caroline Thiel shoots over Wilson Hunt’s Imani Sutton during the third round of the Class 3-A playoffs last season. Thiel led the Gryphons on Tuesday in their season opener to a 68-31 victory over Franklinton. Thiel had 24 points and nine rebounds.

The Rocky Mount High girls’ basketball team didn’t waste any time in showing that it is still the team to beat in the Big East Conference.

The Gryphons, who won the Big East last season, opened up their season on Tuesday with a commanding, 68-31, conference win over visiting Franklinton. The Gryphons didn’t play any nonconference games this season.

It was the fourth game of the season for Franklinton (2-2).

RMH (1-0, 1-0) scored at least 15 points in every quarter, while playing a tight brand of defense that kept the Rams from pouring in points of their own. Franklinton had 12 points by halftime after a three-point second quarter.

The Gryphons led 31-12 at half, then expanded on that lead by scoring 37 second-half points. Sophomore Caroline Thiel just missed out on a double-double as she led RMH with 24 points and nine rebounds in the win.

RMH plays again next when it hosts Wilson Hunt at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Northern Nash 76

Wilson Hunt 38

The Knights left the first quarter with a seven-point lead and never had trouble in a Big East Conference win at home.

Northern Nash, playing in its first game this season, led 30-18 at halftime. Hunt turned in its best quarter out of the break as the Warriors cut into their deficit with a 15-10 advantage.

The Warriors' scoring dried up in the final quarter, however, as they scored five points while Northern Nash poured in 36 points in fourth quarter to put away the victory.