|Comet girls fall to Durant|
by By Jesse Mullen · December 14, 2012
A sluggish start on Friday against Durant-Bennett (3-2) should have been enough to knock out the Comet girls (4-4), but the team battled back from a halftime deficit to tie the game and push for overtime. Ultimately though, it was for naught as the girls fell, 60-58.
“We were flat to start the game,” coach Nick Heath said. “After halftime we came out with more energy and played harder. Things started to come together in the second half also. We made some big shots when we need them.”
Some of those “big shots” came from senior Kristi Feldman who brought down 30 points shooting 59 percent for the night. Feldman also had 13 rebounds and one assist, Feldman led in fouls too with four.
“(Feldman)’s a playmaker and we have to get her shots when she is feeling it,” Heath said.
Even with an outstanding performance from Feldman, defensive problems in the first half put the Comets in a hole. An atypically poor game from senior Marissa Kelly, who only sank 25 percent of her shots for the night, didn’t help either.
“She just had an off night,” Heath said. Kelly made eight points, three rebounds and two assists, she led her team defensively with four steals and two blocks.
Another big contributer was senior Hayley Simon with nine points, five rebounds and five assists, she also netted four fouls.
“Against Durant we just didn’t box out very well in the first half,” Heath said. “Too many second chance points for them.”
On Dec. 4, the girls completely dominated Tipton (1-4), 49-31.
“We got out to an early lead against Tipton and never let them in the game,” Heath said.
Outscoring Tipton 16-4 in the first and 15-8 in the second allowed the girls to let off the brakes a bit defensively in the third where they only outscored Tipton 14-12. The 21 point lead going into the fourth allowed the Comets to slow the pace a bit to the point they were outscored 7-4.
Kelly led her team sinking 44 percent of her three’s and scoring 23 points overall, as usual she topped the steals list with five, followed by sophomore Kayla Kaalberg with four.
Feldman had 18 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Results from Tuesday nights outing at North Cedar (3-5) were not available by press time for inclusion in the Index. The girls face West Branch (4-1) at West Branch on Friday.