The Kansas Lady Comets played host to the Tahlequah Sequoyah Indians in the Dome on January 31.
The last time these two teams met, was in the Tri-State Basketball Classic in Jay, on January 24 where the Lady Indians shut down the Lady Comets 74- 19.
Kansas 54, Sequoyah 45
Oh, how a few days make a difference as the Lady Comets hit the Lady Indians with “shock and awe” in their first quarter, shutting out the Indians with a 13-0 score.
They ultimately defeated Sequoyah 54-45, keeping the lead all night.
Not only were the Lay Comets tough on offense, but their defense really frustrated the Lady Indians.
Lainie Payten was relentless as she forced turnovers, swiping the ball away as the Lady Indians faltered under the 2-2-1 full court press that Kansas would roll out at different times during the game.
Yet, with the hard defense that Kansas implemented, only two girls got into foul trouble, Fallyn Tarin and Maggie Barnard, but didn’t foul out.
The Lady Indians managed to outscore the Lady Comets in the second quarter, by a point, closing the half still in Kansas’ favor 27-15.
Both teams came out shooting after the half with both teams putting up 17 points each, but that didn’t help the Lady Indians to close the gap and the third quarter ended with Kansas still in the lead 44-32.
Kyleigh Ortiz was the team’s high score with 23 points, with 15 points coming through 3-pointers.
Kylee Rollman had 9 points; Payten had eight, Tarin added six points, Lexi Jones put up five and Haylee Buck #15 had her 3-pointer in the first quarter.
The Lady Comets had 15 free throw attempts, but made only five for 33% against the Lady Indians’ 10 out of 18 for 56%.
The scoring was spread over six girls and as Coach Steve Odle said “Playing better now; have some other girls playing better, helping out.”
The Lady Comets’ remaining schedule:
February 7 vs. Adair – Home
February 11 at Inola – Away
February 14 at Chouteau-Mazie – Away
February 18 vs. Colcord - Home