David Reeder

Itís never easy to win anything at Adair, harder still when youíve got a senior starter on the bench with an injury. Such was the case for the Kansas Lady Comets as they tangled with the #1 Lady Warriors, Tuesday night at the Adair Event Center. And when the night was concluded the Kansas girls found themselves on the short end of a hard fought 59-51 final, while the Comet boys squandered an early lead to eventually go down by double digits.

Early on, the Lady Comets shot 2 of 11 from the floor to scratch out only 7 opening quarter points. And aided by 3 Kansas turnovers, the Lady Warriors were lead by senior Kevi Luperís 5, doubling up the visitors, 14-7. Luper , who has signed with Division 1 Oral Roberts University, would lead all scorers with 26 points on the night. In the subsequent quarter, Lady Comet juniors, Brooke Panther and Kortni Kendrick with 7 and 6, respectively did all their teamís scoring. Panther, who was limited to an old fashioned 3 point play in the 1st, regained her shooting eye in the 2nd, to go with a pair of rebounds and a blocked shot. The Lady Comet defense held Adair to only 3 of 16 from the floor, but; 5 turnovers ; limited the amount that they could cut into the Lady Warrior lead to 3.

Leading 24-20, to start the 2nd half, Adair continued to struggle offensively. Following a trey by Kendrick and a deuce by Kelsey Barnwell at the 3:39 mark of the 3rd, the Lady Comets took their first and only lead of the night at 30-29. Barnwell put in 4 more of her team high 17. But Adairís Chelsey Stricklen and Luper put in 6 points each to outscore their guests 17-12 and regained the lead for keeps. Thanks to 9 points by Barnwell, the Kansas girls did their best to battle back in the final frame. But Luper trumped the Lady Comet effort with 11 of the Lady Warriorís 18 and never allowed their guests to get any closer than 4 points in route to the 58-51 final score.

In the ensuing boysí contest, a quartet of Comets joined forces to score 9 points to take an early lead. But after hitting only 1 of their last 9 field goal attempts in the 1st period, Kansas allowed their hosts to take a 10-9 lead. And that single point edge was the closest the Comets would get to the Warriors for the remainder of the game. Shooting an anemic 1 of 8 from the field and 3 of 4 from the charity stripe, Kansas was able to tally on 5 points in the 2nd. In the meantime, Adairís Heath Peper put in 7 of his game high 10 points as the Warriors scored 15 to take a 25-14 lead into the break.

Although the Kansas defense forced Adair to turn the ball over a half dozen times and held them to only 8 points, the Comets could manage only 3 of 11 bucket attempts on offense, for 6 points. In the final period things went from bad to worse for the visitors. Unable to score a single basket on 9 tries, Kansas was only able to score on 4 of 8 free throw attempts. Conversely, the Warriors scored a single basket to go with 11 of 15 free throws for the 46-24 outcome.