Despite a slow first half, Zumbrota-Mazeppa managed to stay tied with Stewartville, 27-27, heading into halftime.
The Cougars got their act together in the second half, pulling away with a 62-42 Hiawatha Valley League road victory on Tuesday.
“It was kind of a story of two halves,” said Z-M head coach Scott Paukert. “We were finally able to figure out some things offensively in the second half.”
Carley Henning led all scorers with 22 points, while Tayler Mort added 13, Alyssa Quam had 10 and Kalli Paukert put in eight in the victory. As a team, the Cougars shot 47 percent, their highest percentage of the young season.
Mort also had five steals and four rebounds, and Paukert tallied five rebounds, three steals and three assists.
Z-M (3-2, 2-1 HVL) is at home Friday versus La Crescent.