The West Liberty High School Girls Basketball team finished their regular season in style this week holding all three opponents under 40 points to improve to 14-5.
It set the team up for what turned out to be not much of a challenge in their first round post season play, eliminated visiting Eddyville-Blakesburg-Freemont 60-28 to advance to the second round of state regional play Wednesday evening, again playing on the Comet hardwood.
The Comet opened their quest to get to the state finals in Class 3A Saturday against Eddyville-Blakesburg-Freemont, a tea that entered the game with an 8-13 record.
Everything was according to plan for the Comets, cruising to a 15-4 lead after the first quarter, going on a 10-point run to close the quarter before rolling to a 28-11 halftime edge. There was no letting up for the Comets in the third quarter, as they added 18 more to all but secure the victory.
The visiting Rockets doubled their points total in the final quarter by scoring 14, but it was all for not as the Comets cruised to a 60-28 opening round victory.
Sophomore Finley Hall led the way for the winners with 18 points, six rebounds as well as two assists and steals while sister Sailor Hall trailed closely with 15 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
Janey Gingerich totaled 13 on the night while adding eight rebounds and Macy Daufeldt had eight points and as many rebounds, along with talliying three assists and a steal on the night. Averi Goodale rounded out the Comet scoring with six points, seven steals, six rebounds and two assists.
The Comets advanced to play Centerville Wednesday night, Feb. 17, and if victorious, will play the winner of West Burlington and Central Lee Saturday with a trip to the State tournament on the line.
The week started on Monday, Feb. 8, as the Comets were visited by Northeast, jumping ahead early 14-7 after the first quarter and the Comets outscored the Rebels by just three in the second quarter 11-8 to take a 25-15 lead into the half.
The Comet offensive continued their onslaught in the end half, outscoring the Rebels 40-17 to take the 65-32 victory.
Finley Hall again led the Comets in the scoring columns with 22 points, while picking up six rebounds three steals and an assist. Sailor Hall followed with 12 points in the outing accompanied by nine assists, four steals and as many rebounds.
Janey Gingerich was next up with 11 points for the Comets along with seven rebounds and three steals. Macy Daufeldt and Averi Goodale both scored eight points for the Comets while Daufeldt added eight rebounds and a pair of steals. Goodale had seven rebounds and a pair of steals while Lindsey Laughlin and Brooklyn Buysse rounded out Comet scoring with two points each.
On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Comets looked for a second win against Wilton to get ready for post-season play.
The Comets had no pity for their rivals, punching out a 17-3 lead over the Beavers in the first quarter, putting on a show on both ends of the floor. The Comets didn’t let up offensively in the second quarter, scoring 13 more and taking a 30-14 lead into the locker room. The Beavers kept scoring close in the final two quarters, but ultimately the first quarter deficit proved too much as the Comets captured the victory, 58-35.
Janey Gingerich and Finley Hall both had 15 points for the Comets as Hall added 10 rebounds, four steals and three assists while Gingerich had a pair of rebounds as well as assists.
Daufeldt accumulated 12 points while adding six assists and three rebounds as well as a steal for the Comets. Averi Goodale hit seven points accompanying eight rebounds and a pair of steals while Sailor Hall added six points, four rebounds and had two assists and steals. Sammi Goodale and Brooklyn Buysse rounded out Comets scoring with two and one point respectively.
The Comet regular season finale involved a matchup against Iowa City Regina, the Comets pulling out to a slim 10-8 operning period lead. The Comets built a 24-17 lead into the half, then rolled in the second half to secure the victory over the rival Regals, 50-38.
Center Macy Daufeldt scored 20 points for the Comets, while collecting six rebounds, three steals, an assist and a block. Sailor Hall had 12 points, and four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Finley hall scored 11 Janey Gingerich had six points and five rebounds while having assists and steals. Martha Pace rounded out Comet scoring with a point.