West Liberty leaves behind tough stretch

Comets fall to 1-7 after three-loss week before winter break.


The West Liberty Girls Basketball team dropped a trio of contests last week before their final matchup prior to Christmas break. The Comets dropped a pair of non-conference games on the road to North Cedar, 46-42, Washington, 53-26, and West Branch, 41-28. The Comets current sit at 1-7 on the season and will look to regroup heading into the new year. 

The week started with a road trip last Monday (Dec. 11) to North Cedar to take on the Knights in non-conference play.

The Comets started the contest on the right foot, taking a 9-7 advantage in the first quarter.

The second quarter saw the Comets extend their lead to five as they headed into the locker room leading 23-18.

The Knights came out of the break fired up, holding the Comet offense to six points while doubling their opponents to take a one point lead heading into the final quarter, 30-29.

The Comets were unable to mount a comeback in the fourth, being outscored 16-13 and falling by four on the road.

Senior Paige Werling led the effort with 16 points and three three-pointers with seven rebounds.

The following day, the Comets headed to Washington to take on the Demons. The Comets didn’t lead at the conclusion of any quarter in the contest, as they fell behind 12-7 after the first and continued to lose ground as the night continued, eventually ending in a 27-point defeat, 53-27.

Sully Hall led the Comets on offense, accounting for nine points while Maelyn Wainwright pulled down 16 rebounds. 

The final matchup of the week saw the Comets return to conference play as they headed up the road to West Branch on Friday.

The Comets struggled to get off the ground offensively, scoring four points in the opening quarter while the Bears mounted 10 of their own.

West Liberty was able to find its feet on offense scoring nine but were unable to slow down their hosts as the headed into the break trailing 26-13. The Comets eventually fell in the contest 41-28 as they were unable to keep pace shorthanded.

Individual statistics for this game were unavailable as of Tuesday morning.

The Comets will return from Christmas break with a matchup against Northeast on January 4th before facing Durant on January 9th.