Comet girls win fifth straight

Cascade latest victim in revenge victory


The West Liberty High School Girls Basketball team finished the 2020 leg of their basketball season with a bang after a dominate 46-21 victory over the Cascade Cougars in Cascade Tuesday night allowing just eight points through three quarters of action.

The Comets improved to 5-2 including five consecutive wins.

The host Cougars, who defeated the Comets last season, 56-31, in route to a state semifinals appearance a season ago, lost some talent from last year's team and have struggled early in the season but rebounded quickly and claimed West Branch on their way to improve to 6-3 on the season before the Class 3A number sixth ranked Comets came to town.

The Comets controlled the game from the opening jump and took a first quarter lead of 8-2. The Comet defense blanked the Cougars in the second period, controlling the game with a 24-2 lead headed into the locker room.

The game stayed in the Comets control for the remaining minutes, West Liberty allowing just six points in the third period to take a 36-8 advantage into the final quarter where the Comet reserves would get valuable playing time headed into the back half of the season, closing out the game with a score of 47-21.

Junior center Macy Daufeldt and sophomore guard Finley Hall led scoring for the Comets with 16 points apiece. Daufeldt would record 11 rebounds and five steals to record her first double-double of the season. Finley pulled in eight boards and five steals in the effort.

Junior Sailor Hall added 11 points, six rebounds and four assists. Seniors Janey Gingerich had two points, four rebounds and a steal for the winners while Martha Pace hit two points, collected seven rebounds and had an assist.

The Comets will face off against the West Branch Bears on Tuesday, Jan. 5 beginning at 4 p.m. and then face Iowa City Regina on Friday, Jan. 8, beginning at 4 p.m. after returning from Winter break. Both games will be held on the home West Liberty court and can be viewed online through the school district YouTube channel.