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Comets Win Fifth Straight

The Cottey College Comets ended the home portion of the semester schedule on Saturday with a low-scoring victory over Southwest Iowa Community College 46-36.

The game was a very physical, sometimes sluggish battle, with a lot of banging about in the lane. Freshman Kennadi Howard suffered a concussion in a drive to the basket in the second half and did not return to the game. Her availability is day-to-day.

Both teams had trouble finding the basket in the first half. Cottey jumped out to a 6-0 and 9-3 lead and then went cold as ice from the field as the Spartans grabbed a 9-14 lead with six minutes left in the half. The Comets didn't score for seven minutes until Howard hit a three-pointer at the 5:44 mark. Cottey pulled within a single point at 17-18 on a Bailey Braden basket underneath with 2:30 to play, and again with just over a minute left on a Blaklee Sanders bucket. That was the last scoring the Comets could muster in the first half, and they went into the break trailing 19-20.

Cottey scored the first basket of the second half, but it was two Dayna Turnbull free throws that gave the Comets the lead for good at 23-22. Cottey pulled ahead by four points on several occasions, but never could put away the pesky Spartans until late in the game, when the visitors began fouling to stop the clock. Cottey hit the majority of its free throws to build a ten-point lead which they maintained until the final buzzer.

The Comets never got many second-chance baskets as the Spartans had two 5'11" players inside who kept Cottey off of the offensive boards. The Comets only had nine offensive rebounds on the game. By contrast, they were able to grab 31 rebounds defensively, which kept the Spartans from having second-chance baskets as well.

Braden had a double-double for the Comets scoring 14 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Sanders just missed her own double-double with eight points and ten rebounds. Dayna Turnbull had nine points.

The win kept the Comets' fall schedule a perfect at 5-0. Cottey has three road games left before the holidays, and the next game is on Tuesday, December 4, in Joplin, Missouri, against Ozark Christian College. That game will tip off at 6 p.m.