Girls' Basketball

Season comes to a close

Loss to Tipton puts a cap on an up-and-down year


The West Liberty girls’ basketball team finished their season on a trio of losses including a four point loss on the road to Tipton in the first round of regional play. 

The Comets end their season. The girls finish their season 5-17 on the year.

The week started with a home matchup against Benton Community. 

The Bobcats entered as a top 10 team in class 3A and imposed their will upon the Comets early, outscoring their hosts 10-2 in the first quarter. 

The Comets kept pace in the second quarter, losing another six points as the Comets headed to the break trailing 27-13. 

The visitors went on to tally 21 after the break to widen the gap before closing out the game with a final score of 64-34.

Tuesday the Comets took on the Regals of Iowa City for the second time this season. For the second straight night the Comets found themselves in a hole early as they allowed 16 while scoring five to trail 11 after the first quarter. 

The Comets conceded another two points before the half as they trailer 28-15. The Regal offense shows no signed of slowing down in the second half as they tallied another 25 points in the final two quarters to run away with a 53-33 victory in the Comets final regular season game of the season. 

The Comets post season started on Saturday as they headed to Tipton for a third matchup against the Tigers, only this time the winner would continue their season. 

The Comets fired out of the gates in the opening quarter taking an 11-5 lead. Momentum continued into the half, despite the Tigers taking a bit out of the Comets lead. The Comets headed into the locker leading 18-15. 

The Comets saw the lead slip away in the third quarter as Tipton overcame their early whole to take a three point lead heading into the final quarter. 

The teams battled in the final quarter but the Tigers were able to hold off the late Comet surge to take a 47-43 victory to end the Comets season.

The Comets ended the season 5-17 and 4-10 in conference play. The Comets will graduate two senior starts with the majority of the roster set to turn next year. 

This season, the Comets were led in scoring by junior Pearson Hall (240 points), freshman Sully Hall (133), junior Sophie Buysse (112), senior Paige Werling (110) and senior Maelyn Wainright (105).

The top rebounders were Wainwright (164), Pearson Hall (108) and Werling (95).

Pearson Hall led her team with 56 assists, followed by Werling with 21 and Buysse with 19.

On defense, Pearson Hall had 65 steals with Sully Hall's 42 and Buysse's 27 next in line.

Wainwright had a team-high 16 blocks.

Pearson Hall and Werling were the two Comets to start in every game this season.