Comets Go To 15-1 With Win Over St. Louis CC
The Cottey College Comets raised their record to 15-1 with a 72-60 victory at home over St. Louis Community College.
It was a fierce battle throughout the game, but particularly in the opening minutes when pressure from both defenses kept the offensive output low. It was only 5-4 Comets after five full minutes of play, when both teams began to find the basket.
The teams traded leads when the Comets went on an 11-0 run that was a key turning point in the game. Trailing 14-17, Cottey scored seven points in one minute after Coach Dave Ketterman called a time out. In that break, Ketterman told his players they needed to be more efficient. They must have took that message to heart as they tied the game at 17 on a three-pointer by Dayna Turnbull, grabbed the rebound on the defensive end, had Chelsey Rowland hit both free throws after being fouled in the act of shooting, grabbed another defensive rebound, and scored on a field goal by Bailey Braden. After a Selena Gochenour basket a minute later, the Comets were clearly in control with a 23-17 lead. Another bucket by Turnbull built the lead to 25-17.
The Comets continued to pull away in the final minutes of the half and went into the break with a commanding 34-21 lead.
In the second half, the Comets scored first to grab a 15-point advantage at 36-21. They would need all of those points to weather a furious rally by the Archers who cut the lead to six points over the next nine minutes. It was 42-36 when Blaklee Sanders hit one free throw. A basket by St. Louis narrowed the lead to five at 43-38 when the Comets hit two clutch three-pointers. A trey by Rowland followed by another from Kat Zumalt gave Cottey a 49-40 lead with under eight minutes in the game. Cottey was able to build the lead back to 15 points at 58-43, and held on down the stretch for the win.
Sanders had double-double on the afternoon with 19 points and 11 rebounds Braden just missed a double-double with 15 points and eight rebounds. Turnbull added 17 points of her own.
The win raised the Comets' record to 15-1. On Tuesday, they will travel to Kansas City to face Penn Valley, the only team to hand them a loss this season. The next home game for the Comets will be on Saturday, February 16, when they face Wentworth Military Academy. That game will tip off at 1 p.m. inside the friendly confines of Hinkhouse Gymnasium.