Comets Move to 16-2 After Win Over Wentworth
It may have been an ugly win, but it was still a win as the Comets took a hard-fought 58-50 victory over Wentworth Military Academy on Saturday.
The Comets struggled mightily on offense almost the entire game. Coach Dave Ketterman started all five of his graduating players, and those seniors quickly found themselves down 6-0 against a strong Wentworth team. It was almost three minutes into the game when Cottey got a basket from Lanie Skaggs to cut the lead to 2-6. Shortly after that, Ketterman went to his standard starting lineup.
Cottey tied the game at 10, and had leads of 12-10 and 14-13, but couldn't hang on. Offensively, they couldn't get baskets to drop, and even when they were fouled and went to the free throw line, they struggled to score. In the first half, the Comets missed six of the 12 shots they took from the charity stripe and trailed by a point at the break 26-27.
The offensive woes continued for Cottey in the second half as the Comets went almost six minutes without a point. It was a basket at 14:04 by Blaklee Sanders that finally put Cottey on the scoreboard. Fortunately for the Comets, the Red Dragons were having their own struggles and only led by a point, 28-29.
Wentworth, however, went on a 5-0 run in the next 60 seconds to build a six-point lead. The Comets countered with their own 9-2 run and took their first lead of the half at 37-36. The game was tied at 39 and at 40 before Cottey regained the lead at 42-41 with just over seven minutes to play.
The Comets found themselves trailing by a basket at 46-48, with a little more than four minutes to play when they finally started to put things together. It was tied at 49 when two free throws from Selena Gochenour gave the Comets a 51-49 lead, a lead they would never relinquish. With the exception of a Sanders basket, all the rest of the Comets points would come at the free throw line, where they built their biggest lead of the day.
Leading scorer for the Comets was Sanders with 19 points. Dayna Turnbull and Cassie Hale each added 10 points of their own.
The win raised the Comets' record to 16-2 on the season and 5-2 against Region XVI opponents. The final game of the season will be Tuesday, February 19, when the Comets face North Central Missouri College. That game will tip off at 6 p.m. inside the friendly confines of Hinkhouse Gymnasium on the Cottey College campus.