8th grade girls continue success

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The eighth grade girls' basketball A-team had three games at home in one week, they beat Tipton, lost to Regina and ended the run with a victory against West Branch.

West Liberty was missing starter Sihisla Puentes due to an elbow injury, but thanks to help from the bench, it didn’t slow the team down during its game against Tipton.

In the first half, West Liberty took a 28-4 lead with the help from its full-court press, several forced turnovers, and a 1-3-1 defense. In the second half, the Comets were able to get several players into the game, leading to a Comet victory 45-6.

The eighth grade girls' basketball B-team started its game slowly in the first half, including several turnovers, but still only trailed 8-10 at the half. In the second half, the Comets found spark in the offense scoring 8 points in the third quarter taking the lead 16-11. In the fourth quarter, Tipton with a short bench put several starters in from the first game and was able to score 18 points, giving the second team Comets their first loss of the season 21-29, going to 4-1 on the season.

The second game of the week came against an undefeated Regina. This was by far, the most physical up-tempo game of the season for the Comets.

In the first half, it was a strong defensive battle. The Comets out-rebounded Regina, getting several second-chance points, taking the lead 15-9. In the second half, the Comets held command on both sides of the ball. The fourth quarter was a struggle for the Comets.

With 1:15 to play in the game, the Comets led by 6, but several late team fouls and a late 3-pointer by Regina guard Mary Crompton, pulled Regina within 3 points with 16 seconds to play.

A missed free throw with 8 seconds to play and a turnover gave the ball to Regina with 2 seconds left. Mary Crompton of Regina caught the ball inbounds and made a contested 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. Regina gained momentum in the overtime going up by 4 with 8 seconds to go.

Tatum Koenig was able to make a late three, bringing the Comets within one. Without acknowledgement of a timeout, the time expired, handing the Comets their first loss of the season 31-32.

“The girls worked incredibly hard," said Coach Morris. "This was the game they really wanted to take. They know that they need to keep working hard and get prepared for the remaining games, but they will most certainly be ready to play them in the last game of the year.”

With Regina having a short bench, the Comets' B-team had to play some Regina starters from the A-game for only one half. It was tough for the Comets, struggling offensively. The score at the quarter was 6-10; Regina had the lead. In the second quarter, the Comets were unable to convert offensively, handing the B-team their second straight loss 8-18, putting the Comets at 4-2 on the season.

The team finished its three game home skid versus West Branch. In the first half, West Liberty took a commanding 26-7 lead. The Comets, in the second, went deep into the bench and worked their man to man defense. They took a 46-17 victory, going to 6-1 on the season.

The B-team played only one half due to West Branch’s short bench. It was a low scoring game, but with help to a second quarter press and late free throws by Josie Jimenez, the Comets were able to score 7 points and take the victory 8-7, giving the second team Comets a 5-2 record on the season.
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