The Kansas Lady Comets traveled to Colcord to play the Lady Hornets on their floor, Tuesday, January 7.
The Lady Comets took early control of the game and didn’t look back, closing out the game, Colcord 29 and Kansas 52.
Kansas Coach Steve Odle observed “we played pretty well” as he looked in review on the game.
Lady Comets’ Kyleigh Ortiz came out in the first quarter and quickly dropped in three deep 3-pointers, which caused Colcord Coach Miquel Ortiz to call timeout and adjust his defense.
Thereafter, she was kept to 2-point shots, but still ended the game as with 15 points, the Lady Comets’ high scorer and committed no fouls.
Lainie Payton was second high scorer for the Lady Comets and matched her jersey number in points earned, while J’Lynne Bryant put up six points.
The Lady Comets’ free throw percentage was only 31%, but still bested the Lady Hornets’ with 20%.
"[We] got to play some girls that haven’t got to play much,” said Odle.
One of the last to come off the Lady Comets’ bench was Briana Barber who scored the team’s last two points just before the buzzer, to cheers from the Comets’ bench.
It was a tough game for the young Lady Hornets, but they played with heart to the last buzzer.
The bench consists of 64% freshman, three seniors and a sophomore, so the Lady Hornets are in learning mode this season, but Coach Ortiz has hope.
“[The Lady Hornets will] become a strong team to be reckoned with,” said Ortiz.
Scoring was spread across five of the Lady Hornets with freshman Paytin Crittenden the higher score with 9 points.
Jenna Butts was second highest score with seven points; Jodi Warren popped up three 2-pointers for six and Paris Kirby earned five points.
The next matchup for the Lady Comets will be against the Adair Lady Warriors (1-2) at Adair on January 14.
The Lady Hornets will play the Lady Wildcats (5-4) at Colcord on January 14.
On February 18 the Lady Hornets will travel to Kansas for a matchup with Lady Comets, again.