Comets cage Wildcats

Mark and Cindy Becker · Tuesday, December 12, 2017
On Tuesday, Dec. 5, the West Liberty Comets girls basketball team hosted the Durant Wildcats and did something that hasn’t been done by the program since January 21, 2016, win a basketball game.

They defeated the Durant Wildcats 54-48 in overtime in West Liberty.

The Comet girls started quickly and jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead with a layup from Austyn Cress on a nice assist by Macy Akers and a 3 pointer from Isabel Morrison. Durant would then counter and outscore West Liberty the rest of the quarter 9-4 to tie the game at the end of the first quarter at 9 points each.

In the second quarter, it was much of the same as the Wildcats and Comets would battle in a back and forth game. Durant was able to get out to a 6 point lead at 18-12, until Martha Pace would knock down a 3 point shot to cut into the deficit.

After another Wildcat score, Akers would sink a short jumper in the lane and Crees would convert on one of two free throws on a shooting foul to score the final points of the half for West Liberty. Durant would lead at halftime 22-18 over the Comets.

After halftime, West Liberty cranked up the defensive pressure. Durant was without their starting point guard Ruby Kappeler, who left in the second quarter with an injury, and Durant struggled to handle the ball against the Comets.

As a result, the Comets were able to force some turnovers. Early in the quarter, the Wildcats took a timeout to settle the team down, but West Liberty then went on a 10-0 run to take the lead 30-24 with 1:45 to go in the period.

Janey Gingerich had a steal and layup, while Akers scored 5 of her game high 16 during the spurt. West Liberty would lead 32-27 as the third quarter expired.

The fourth quarter started with the visitors scoring 4 straight to cut the Comets lead to 32-31. Both teams played hard and Durant would actually hold a three point lead with a little over two minutes to go in regulation, but Akers would come up with a huge three point play off a steal, layup and made foul shot to knot the game at 39.

The teams traded baskets and Crees would sink a free throw in the waning seconds to tie the game at 43 and send the game into overtime.

In overtime, the Comet girls got the lead and never looked back. West Liberty was able to get out to a 7 point lead on a nice fast break layup from Akers to Gingerich. West Liberty held the lead and ended the 32 game losing streak with the win 54-48.

After the final buzzer went off, excitement incurred. Some girls were jumping for joy, some eyes were welled up with tears of joy, but for sure there was a big sigh of relief from coaches, players and fans alike. The losing streak was over.

Macy Akers led the Comets with 16 points on the evening. Sophomore Austyn Crees added 14 and Freshman Isabel Morrison tallied 10 for the Comets.

Crees also pulled down 10 rebounds, to notch her first double of the year and Morrison grabbed seven boards for West Liberty.

West Liberty traveled to Iowa City Regina on Dec. 8 and lost 80-28. West Liberty stands with a record of 1-4 and take on NE Gooselake on the road and host Mid Prairie and West Branch this coming Friday and Saturday.
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