Comets Upset St. Louis, Remain Undefeated
The undefeated Cottey College Comets pulled off a mild upset on Saturday when they travelled to St. Louis and got the win over the 20th-ranked Archers, 82-74 in overtime.
The St. Louis Community College Archers have a noticeable size advantage over the Comets, and they used that to their advantage in the first half, grabbing a 27-32 lead at the break.
"In the first half, St. Louis got 16 points in the paint from centers Lauren Maclin, Chanel Gwynn-Williams and Apolonia Thomas," said Cottey head coach Dave Ketterman. "The Archers had 18 offensive rebounds and 18 defensive rebounds to Comets seven offensive and 11 defensive rebounds."
The Comets' quickness on defense kept it close as Cottey forced 15 steals and had nine points on turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
In the second half, Comets Petra Stankovic and Blaklee Sanders took charge, leading the Comets in scoring with 30 of 39 second half points. Stankovic, a 5'11" forward from Croatia had 17 points in regulation, and Sanders, a forward from Atchison, Kansas, had 13 points in regulation.
The Comets had a chance to win in regulation, leading 66-60 with less than a minute to play. However, a three-point shot by Chanese Washington and a subsequent steal and lay-up by Shakaunna Futrell (27 pts) sent the game to overtime.
In OT, Braden controlled the tip, then Sanders and Stankovic scored on driving lay-ups on three consecutive possessions to take control. Sanders was fouled on the second lay-up and the free throw gave Cottey a five-point lead. Cottey finished overtime at the line making 10 of 14 at the charity stripe in the period. Chelsea Rowland was 3/4, Dayna Turnbull hit 2/2, Braden was 2/2, and Sanders hit 3/6. The Comets outscored the Archers 16-8 in the extra period.
The game had 14 lead changes and eight ties. The largest lead of the game was 79-70 in favor of Cottey in the overtime period.
Sanders, Stankovic, and Braden each had a double-double in the game. Sanders led the team with 27 points and 12 rebounds, Stankovic added 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Braden kicked in 10 points and 11 rebounds. Turnbull just missed double figures with nine points.
The win keeps the Comets' record perfect at 9-0 on the season. On Wednesday, the Comets will travel to Lexington, Missouri, to face Wentworth Military Academy. The first home game of the semester will be Saturday, January 19, when Cottey tips off against always tough Region XVI rival Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. That game will tip off at 1 p.m. inside the friendly confines of Hinkhouse Gymnasium.