David Reeder

While the Kansas Lady Comets continued their winning ways, the Kansas boys, while playing some pretty good defense, continued to struggle on offense, falling to Chouteau 50-40 Saturday night at J.O. Jones Gymnasium.

In typical fashion, the Lady Comets, led by 10 of Courtney Bakerís game high 17 points, jumped to an early lead by doubling up the Lady Wildcats 26-13 in the opening quarter.

The second stanza proved to be much more competitive than the previous one as a quintet of the visiting ladies put in eight of their first nine shots from the floor. Chouteauís Jocelyn Clark bumped in three buckets for six of the Lady Catsí 16 points. But the Kansas girls combined for 17, taking the contest into the break with a 14 point 43-29 lead.

Following the intermission, the Lady Comets didnít shoot the ball as often, but they shot it with more accuracy. And while Brooke Panther and Kortni Kendrick, with five and four points, respectively led the 19-point outbreak it was the Kansas defense that set the tone. Beating Chouteau on defensive rebounds by a 10-3 margin, the Lady Comets upped their lead to 62-42 with only a quarter to play.

In the final frame a half dozen Kansas ladies got in the scorebook. Kelsey Barnwell accounted for five of their 15 fourth quarter tallies before giving way to the Comet bench and the 77-57 victory.

Lynita Hochstetler led the scoring for the visitors with 14 on the night.

In the ensuing boysí contest the two teams battled to eight lead changes and six ties over the opening 12 minutes of play. The Wildcats, paced by Zachary Duckís seven points, shot five of 15 from the floor and three of four from the free throw line to put up a bakerís dozen in the first.

Anchored by five and four points each by Trenton Cochran and Ethan Fausett, the Comets scored 11 to stay within a bucket to start the second.

Early in the subsequent period Kansas was able to regain the lead on a Wade Lewis basket at 14-15 that forced a 30 second timeout by the visitors.

But following a nearly three minute scoring drought Chouteau would regain the lead with a Shade Kirtley basket. Playing some good defense the Comets limited their guests to just two of 10 shooting from the floor. But Kansas connected on only two of their next 11 shots to put only six more on the scoreboard.

In the meantime Chouteau went to the free throw line 12 times, connecting on 10 attempts, to take a 27-17 lead into the dressing room.

The Comet offense continued to struggle to start the second half and could only manage three of 10 from the floor and seven points.

But the Kansas defense, paced by their big senior Cochran, limited the damage by dominating the defensive boards and holding the Wildcats to three of 13 from the floor and only eight points.

Down by 11 points, but definitely not out of the game, the Comets began to battle back to start the fourth. With a trio of rebounds to go with four points, Cochran fueled the Kansas comeback that saw them draw to within four of Chouteau, with 2:48 to play. But back-to-back turnovers in the Comet frontcourt and 13 trips to the foul line allowed the Wildcats to keep Kansas at bay, to hold on to the 10 point win.