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Girls BB drops second game
by Norv and Mary Coblentz · December 11, 2013

Although they moved the ball well and played a quick game, the West Liberty girls don't quite have it together yet. The Comets lost a road game against Winfield-Mt. Union Nov. 30, 61-28.

"Turnovers once again killed us," West Liberty Head Coach Nick Heath said. "I believe we had about 17 in the first half. Part of it, I don't think we were mentally prepared for the Saturday game. You've got to be ready to play before tipoff, not five minutes into the first quarter."

"When we did get shots, we couldn't buy a basket. I think we shot roughly 6-41. That's not going to win games," he added.

That said, one of the bright spots for the Comets was their bench. "Two sophomores, Maddie Simon and Kyleigh Becker, came off the bench in the second half and played two quarters," Heath said. "I thought they played really well for us, and that was great."

"I think eventually we will have a deep bench. We'll have 10 girls that can probably contribute. We've got to put it all together and get rid of the bonehead plays. When we get wide-open shots we've got to knock them down," he said.

First Quarter

Cassie Simon tipped the ball to Audra Bridenstine to start the game. WMU got a defensive rebound then fouled. A steal by the Wolves and a layup made it 2-0. The Wolves got another steal, then Haley Daufeldt got a steal for the Comets. West Liberty turned the ball over then took a time out with 6:33 left in the first quarter.

WMU hit a jump shot with 6:18 on the clock. The Comets turned the ball over, then Molly Kelly got a defensive rebound. The Comets traveled.

The Comets got on the scoreboard with a free throw by Kayla Kaalberg. The Wolves made a three-pointer, then Kaalberg got a putback basket for a 7-3 score. The Wolves hit another three-pointer with four minutes left in the quarter.

West Liberty traveled, and WMU made a jump shot for a 12-3 score. Kelly made a three-point basket with 3:03 on the clock for a 12-6 tally. In the final three minutes of the half, WMU scored four points on a basket and two free throws. West Liberty scored one point on a free throw by Bridenstine for a 16-7 score at the end of the first quarter.

Second Quarter

The Comets didn't score in the second quarter until the 2:10 mark, and by then the Wolves were up 30-7. Daufeldt scored on a steal and a layup for a 30-9 score. Daufeldt was fouled then hit both free throws for a 30-11 tally with 1:48 to go in the half.

The Wolves scored on a jumper then got a rebound and scored again. With 50 seconds on the clock, the Wolves got a defensive rebound, then Kelly got a steal. The Wolves were fouled, but missed the free throw.

Bridenstine got the rebound and was fouled. She made the first of two free throws for a 34-12 score at halftime.

Third Quarter

The third quarter was the Comets' best, and they outscored the Wolves 12-11. WMU scored first on a layup. Bridenstine completed a three-point play at the 5:53 mark for a 36-15 score. WMU made two free throws, then Kelly was fouled and made the first of two from the charity stripe.

WMU made a layup, then the Comets turned the ball over. WMU made a three-point shot and had a 43-16 lead with 4:14 on the clock.

The Comets missed a couple of free throws, then WMU scored in the paint. The Comets held the Wolves scoreless for the rest of the quarter, about two and a half minutes. In that time, West Liberty scored seven points on a three-point shot by M. Simon, two free throws by Emma Baker, a free throw by Becker, and two more free throws by Baker. Going into the last quarter, the score was 45-24.

Final Quarter

In the fourth quarter, the Wolves continued to build their lead, and the Comets scored only four points. Daulfeldt scored with a layup at the 6:33 mark for a 50-26 score. M. Simon made two free throws at the 1:12 mark for a 58-28 score. WMU made a three-pointer to end the scoring for a 61-28 final.

"I was pleased with the way we came out, especially in the first half," Winfield-Mt. Union Head Coach Mitch Wachs said.

"They're a great group of girls," Heath said about his team. "The chemistry's great. A little hustle and effort can overcome some of the talented teams we're going to play. I still think we're going to surprise some teams on our schedule."

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