Girls come up short

Mark and Cindy Becker · Tuesday, January 16, 2018
The West Liberty girls’ basketball team hosted the Tipton Tigers on Friday, Jan. 12.

This was their second matchup in three weeks as the Tigers handled the Comets in a tilt right before Christmas in Tipton and won 79-48. Although the venue had changed the Comets weren’t able to take down the Tigers and lost 52-30.

“On a positive side, we are doing a lot of really good stuff now. We are continuing to improve; we just can’t play half games. I think it comes down to conditioning, we need to have more girls on the bench to be able to play varsity level” explained West Liberty Head Coach Al Fear when asked about the second half struggles.

The Comets started the game strong. Their first basket came less than minute into the game on a secondary break off of Tipton’s full court press with a jumper by Isabel Morrison from the elbow of the free throw line.

Tipton then punched the ball inside and scored three straight baskets to go up 12-4.

Morrison would cut the lead to six with a made jumper in the lane and Macy Akers would knock down a three pointer to cut the lead in half at 12-9 nearing the end of the first frame. Tipton would score once more and would lead at the end of the first quarter 14-9.

West Liberty would come out of the block fast with aggressive defense to start the second period.

They would go on a 6-2 run and trim the lead to one at 16-15 at the 4:14 mark. Akers started the run with a drive and score and Haylee Lehman found Morrison for a score.

Akers would cap the run with two made free throws. The Comets however, did not score again in the quarter.

They had several opportunities at the free throw line but were not able to convert them into points, the Tigers were able to take advantage of the drought and score eight points during the West Liberty scoring drought.

Tipton extended their first quarter advantage and led at intermission 24-15.

After the halftime break, West Liberty could not find any momentum as the Tigers continued to score, Tipton would start the quarter on a 12-0 run until Akers would sink a free throw with 2:56 to go in the quarter to make the score 37-16.

Akers would drain a three pointer with a little over one minute left in the quarter for the Comets only made field goal of the period. At the end of the third quarter, West Liberty would be down 42-24 to the visitors from the North.

The Comets would continue to compete with intensity, Averi Goodale battled inside with to get an offensive rebound and basket and also hit West Liberty’s final shot at the 3:23 mark with a three pointer from the wing. Tipton would get the victory 52-30.

Macy Akers led the team with 14 points, while Averi Goodale and Isabel Morrison each scored seven for the Comets.

West Liberty traveled to Monticello on Saturday, Jan. 13; they hosted the Louisa Muscatine Falcons on Monday, Jan. 15.

They return to RVC action on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Durant and then return home on Friday, Jan. 19th, against Camanche.
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