David Reeder

It had been almost a week since the Kansas Lady Comets played a game…nearly two weeks since they’d played at J.O.Jones. And for a while Tuesday night against Colcord, it showed.

Conversely the Comet boys continued to struggle in search of some offensive rhythm in the late game.

But, that is not to detract from the strong showing, in defeat, by the Lady Hornets and the nearly overwhelming performance of the Colcord boys.

In the opening moments of the girls’ game it looked to be business as usual as Kansas jumped to an 11-1 lead. Oddly, the Lady Hornets were, on the most part, able to handle the Comet defensive pressure in the backcourt only to turn it over on their own end of the court. Suffering through nine of their game’s 30 miscues in the first quarter, Colcord shot two of 13 from the floor and two of six from the free throw line for only seven points.

Kortni Kendrick scored the first seven of her game high 24 and that along with Kelsey Barnwell’s five fueled Kansas’s six-point edge.

After missing on their final three shots from the floor to end the first, the Lady Comets missed on their first six of the second, allowing their guests to creep within three.

But the Kansas offense suddenly lit back up by nailing their next six shots. Kendrick and Barnwell with nine and six, respectively, again led the Comets into the dressing room with a 32-15 lead.

Even though they shot an anemic three of 15 from the floor in the third, the Lady Comets buried nine of 12 free throw attempts. And, led by a half dozen points by Brooke Panther on offense, the Lady Comets forced nine more Colcord turnovers on defense, sending the game into the final frame with Kansas on top 47-29.

With the double digit lead and only a quarter to play, the Lady Comets went freely to their bench. Colcord senior Tinelle Williams poured in nine of her team high 21 in the fourth, while six Comet reserves teamed up for 15 more and the 62-42 victory.

In the opening quarter of the nightcap, Colcord’s Kenzie Witt unleashed 11 points to go with three boards and a pair of assists for the bulk of the Hornet’s 17-point offense.

Whereas their guests put the ball up from the floor 17 times, the Comets, as a result of eight turnovers limited their shot opportunities to only eight. On the positive side, Kansas scored on half of their shots. Trenton Cochran led the way with a pair of buckets and a pair of boards.

Taking much better care of the basketball, the Comets put together a pretty good second frame. Again Kansas had to lean on the shoulders of Cochran and the talented senior scored half of their second period dozen.

Colcord missed the opportunity to put more distance between them and their hosts by shooting four of 14 from the field and five of 10 free throws.

Leading 30-21, the Hornets came out of the intermission with a hot hand. With Witt banging home 11 more of his game high 27, to go with five from Joe Morris, Colcord knocked down four of their first tries from within the arc and their first pair from beyond it. Add to that, a perfect 4 of 4 from the charity stripe and the Hornets would put together their best offensive quarter of the night.

Despite eight tallies from team high scorer Corey Cowan, a deuce from Jon Lewis and a trey by Wade Lewis, Kansas fell further behind, 52-34.

Powered by five from Tyler Lankston and five more from Lewis, the Comets were able to move within twelve, 56-44 in the opening four minutes of the fourth, forcing a Colcord timeout.

Following the timeout, the Hornets, paced by four more from Morris and three from Canaan Sherrell, went on a 10-7 run to finish off the game and the Comets 66-51.

After taking on Chouteau, at J.O. Jones on Saturday, January 3rd, the Comets will travel to Adair on Tuesday, January 6th for a makeup game. Thursday, January 8th’s game against Jay has been moved to Saturday, January 10th at Kansas and their makeup game at Grove has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 14th.