Young Comets fall to Beavers

Mark and Cindy Becker · Wednesday, November 29, 2017
On Tuesday, Nov. 21, the West Liberty Comet girls basketball team traveled east on Highway 6 to Wilton to open up the 2017-18 season.

The young squad consisting of one Junior, two sophomores, and two freshmen in the starting lineup, battled with a lot of energy, but eventually fell to the Beavers by the score of 68-49.

“This was our first game together as a team, and I think we learned a lot from this. You are going to see a big change this year with West Liberty,” stated first year coach Al Fear.

“There were a lot of fouls in the game, we need to settle down on the fouls, and we need to have the confidence to take the shots and not get flustered when we are up against a team that is bigger than us,” said Fear.

Wilton got the upper hand early by coming out the locker room aggressive and scored the first 11 points of the game.

The West Liberty scoring drought was stopped by Junior Macy Akers with a drive in the lane and a bucket late in the first quarter, but the Beavers held the advantage as the quarter ended with the Comets down 11-2.

Quarter two started with both teams trading baskets for the first few minutes until West Liberty would go on an 8-0 run mid-way through the quarter, with help of good play down low, by Isabel Morrison and Martha Pace, both of who had baskets in the paint during that stretch.

At the 2:48 mark, Wilton was forced to call a timeout when the Comets had pulled to within 22-14 after a fast break layup by Sophomore Austyn Crees from a nice pass from Haylee Lehman.

Wilton would regain its composure and out score West Liberty 7-3 to finish the quarter and hold the lead at halftime 29-17.

The third quarter saw the Comets get into foul trouble, Freshmen Isabel Morrison and Janey Gingerich would both pick up their fourth fouls.

The girls continued to play with intensity even with the deficit, they were able to match Wilton early in the quarter, but the Beavers went on an 11-3 run to end the quarter and led 49-29 after three.

Janie Gingerich had 7 of the teams 12 points with a made three pointer and two layups.

West Liberty continued to show Wilton the energy that they had displayed throughout the game, with hustle both offensively and defensively.

The Comets again held their own and outscored Wilton in the quarter 20-19, while ending with a 10-5 run.

Macy Akers led the Comets scoring with 16 points, Haylee Lehman followed with 13, Janie Gingerich contributed 9 and Martha Pace and Austyn Crees had 6 and 5 respectively.

West Liberty also shot 50 percent from the field on 18 of 36 shooting.

The Comets also traveled to Winfield Mt Union for a Thanksgiving weekend match.

They were not able to pull out the victory and fell to the Lady Wolves, 65-49. Macy Akers had 23 points and Haylee Lehman added 13 points.

They will get their first home game of the season this Friday, Dec. 1 against Bellevue.
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