Comets Get First Loss of the Season
The Cottey College Comets are no longer undefeated as they suffered their first loss of the season to Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, 70-90.
The Lady Scouts 6'4" post player, Janairrika Bland, was more than the Comets could handle as she led both teams with 28 points on the afternoon.
"She's a legitimate D1 [Division 1] player," said Cottey head coach Dave Ketterman of Bland. "She was just too much for us."
The Comets didn't have anyone who could match up with Bland in the paint as she had five inches height advantage on the Comets' tallest starters.
The first 10 minutes were extremely competitive with the Comets holding 3-0 and 5-4 leads. Cottey trailed by three points before grabbing a slim 19-18 lead with 10 minutes left in the half. The Comets trailed by a single point, 22-23, with just under eight minutes to play when the wheels fell off of their game, both offensively and defensively. Penn Valley scored the next seven points to take control of the game. The Comets did not score a field goal for over five minutes, finally getting a basket from Bailey Braden with 30 seconds left in the half to break the scoring drought. Cottey entered the break trailing 30-50.
Although Cottey and Penn Valley played evenly in the second half-both teams scored 40 points in the last 20 minutes-the Lady Scouts took command of the game early in the second half as well. Penn Valley built a 30-point lead, 50-80, with about seven minutes to play when the Comets made a small comeback, outscoring the visitors 20-10 in the final minutes. It was, however, too little too late to make a difference in the final outcome.
Dayna Turnbull led the Comets with 24 points. Also in double figures were Kat Zumalt, who came off of the bench to contribute 12 points, and Blaklee Sanders who added 10 points. Bailey Braden grabbed 10 rebounds before fouling out late in the game.
The Comets' record is 10-1 on the season, and 1-1 in Region XVI play. The next home game for the Comets will be on Tuesday, January 22, when they face the junior varsity of Central Methodist College. That game will tip off at 6 p.m. inside the friendly confines of Hinkhouse Gymnasium.