Girls finish out regular season

Norv and Mary Coblentz · Tuesday, February 7, 2017
The West Liberty girls' basketball team lost their final regular-season game to West Branch Feb. 3, 70-20. The Comets' record for the season is 0-21.

Their opening round post-season game is at Davenport Assumption Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. The Knights have an 11-7 record.

"The kids are playing hard," West Liberty Head Coach Jeff Morris said. "I think they're getting a little worn down physically because there's not a lot of depth. The only player I have coming off the bench right now is Brittney (Harned), and she's got a bad foot and is only playing JV.

"It's really been a fun year. Haddie's (Anderson) had a good year; she's top 10 in scoring and rebounding now.

"We just don't shoot the ball very well. A lot of it is they just need to develop (some skills) which are hard to develop when we're playing teams that are significantly better.

"They don't quit. They have a good, positive attitude. The key is going to be for them is once the season is over, how much they want to take the time to work on their skills going to next year."

When Anderson made the second of two free throws at the 4:06 mark in the first quarter for the Comets' first point of the game, the score was 11-1.

With about a minute left in the quarter, Madison McIntosh drove to the basket and scored. The score after a quarter's play was 23-3, West Branch.

The Comets made two baskets in the second quarter. Cora Wickham made a three-pointer at the 6:52 mark, and Miranda McHugh made a basket, assist Anderson for a 29-8 score. At halftime, West Branch had a 44-8 lead.

The clock ran continuously the entire second half because of the "mercy" rule. The Comets had possession to start the third quarter, and McIntosh made a three-point baskey right away for a 44-11 score.

Wickham was fouled on a shot and made the second of two free throws for a 48-12 tally. Late in the quarter, McHugh got a steal, and Anderson hit a three-point shot for a 54-15 score.

The score going into the fourth quarter was 56-15, West Branch.

The Comets' two baskets in the fourth quarter were by Anderson and Laura Millage.

Anderson completed a traditional three-point play early in the quarter, and Millage made a basket with less than a minute left in the game. The final score was 70-20.

"Haddie Anderson for them (was a positive in this game), West Branch Head Coach Jarod Tylee said.”I talked to her and told her how much I admire her because it's not easy being the lone senior and trying to bring freshmen along in the program. They struggle. It's admirable that she continues to go to practice every day and works and sticks to it. As an opposing coach, I appreciate that."

The Bears used the press in the game.

"We usually come out in a press no matter who we play," Tylee said. "We mixed two of our presses in. They rebounded well against our zone, so they got us out of that zone, so we had to match up more. That's a credit to them. They did a good job of offensive rebounding, especially in that first quarter."

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West Liberty 3 5 7 5 20

West Branch 23 21 12 14 70

West Liberty stats: Haylee Lehman 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal; Cora Wickham 1 1-2 4, 1 3-pointer, 4 rebounds; Haddie Anderson 2 2-5 7, 1 3-pointer, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals; Madison McIntosh 2 0-0 5, 1 3-pointer, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal; Laura Millage1 1 0-0 2; Miranda McHugh 1 0-0 2, 8 rebounds; team 4 rebounds

West Liberty 30, Mid-Prairie 69 Jan. 31 at West Liberty

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West Liberty 1 7 4 8 20

Mid-Prairie 23 21 10 17 71

West Liberty stats: Haylee Lehman 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal; Cora Wickham 1 1-2 4, 1 3-pointer, 4 rebounds; Haddie Anderson 2 2-5 71 3-pointer, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks; Madison McIntoxh 2 0-0 5, 1 3-pointer, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal; Laura Millage 1 0-0 2; Miranda McHugh 1 0-0 2, 8 rebounds; team 4 rebounds
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