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Girls’ basketball still struggling
by Norv and Mary Coblentz · December 18, 2013

Turnovers continued to hinder the West Liberty girls' basketball team when they lost 73-23 to the Northeast Rebels of Goose Lake, Dec. 6, at West Liberty.

"Same story," West Liberty Head Coach Nick Heath said. "Tonight we had 32 turnovers, (shot) 8-39 from the field and 6-13 from the free throw line. We're not as aggressive on the offensive end (as we need to be)."

The Comets did make some adjustments at halftime and improved their ball handling. "We only had 11 turnovers in the second half," Heath said. "It was better than the first half. I give our girls credit. They hustled. They played hard (to the end). You've got to give it your all if you're on the floor, no matter what the score is. I think they did that."

First Half

The Rebels shot out to a 16-0 lead. The Comets’ first points were on a layup by Hailey Daufeldt at the 4:17 mark. Northeast scored on two more baskets, then Kayla Kaalberg got a steal and layup with 25 seconds left in the quarter for a 20-4 score. Northeast scored one more basket to end one quarter of play with a 22-4 score.

The second quarter started with a flurry of turnovers by both teams. Northeast scored the first basket on a putback, taking a 20-point lead. West Liberty turned the ball over, then took a time out. Molly Kelly got a defensive rebound for the Comets, then Haddie Anderson made a layup for a 6-24 score.

Northeast scored four points on a steal and a layup and an outside jumper. Kelly was fouled and made the first of two free throws for a 28-7 score. Daufeldt got a defensive rebound, then Anderson got an offensive board. The Rebels got a defensive rebound, then Anderson got a defensive rebound. Daufeldt drove to the basket, scored, and was fouled. She made the free throw for a 28-12 score.

Northeast was fouled and made both free throws. The Rebels got a steal, Kelly got a steal, and the Rebels stole it back. Northeast scored on a short jumper. The Comets turned the ball over and Northeast scored again, completing a traditional three-point play for a 35-12 score.

Elizabeth Muncy was fouled and made the first of two free throws for the Comets. Northeast got the rebound and scored again. The Comets remained scoreless for the rest of the half while Northeast scored six more points on two baskets and two free throws for a 43-13 halftime score.

"We're very fortunate, we have some girls with good size," Northeast Head Coach Charles Jargo said. "They're playing at a pretty good level to start the season. I thought we played really well on the inside, then we have a lot of really good defensive guards who really get after it."

Second Half

The Rebels kept their top six or seven players in for the third quarter, but the Comets still managed to score nine points. Kaalberg scored a basket in the paint at the 7:19 mark for a 43-15 score. Northeast scored the next seven points to take a 35-point lead. The continuous clock rule went into effect at that point, hastening the end of the game. Northeast scored the next eight points on a three-pointer, an inside basket, and a traditional three-point play. Anderson got a steal and was fouled on a shot. She made the second of two free throws for a 58-16 score.

Northeast scored again. Muncy drove to the basket, was fouled and completed the three-point play for a 60-19 tally. Northeast scored again, then Audra Bridenstine got an offensive rebound and Anderson hit a three-pointer for a 62-22 score. Northeast made a three-point basket for a 65-22 score going into the final quarter.

The fourth quarter went quickly with the continuous clock, and the Comets scored just one point. Northeast scored six points on a free throw, a jump shot and a traditional three-point play. Kaalberg was fouled and hit one of two free throws. Northeast scored one more time for a 73-23 final.

"We want to be playing our best basketball by the end of the season, and it's a process," Heath said. "We'll get there. We got some of our really young girls (playing time). North Cedar is a good team."

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