David Reeder

Things got off to pretty slow start for the Colcord Lady Hornet offense, at J.O. Jones Gymnasium Tuesday night.

To make matters worse, they ran into the red-hot #1 rated Lady Comet squad.

And while Colcord suffered through a disastrous first half, the Kansas girls exploded from the field.

With a bucket by Courtney Nichols and three points from Tristan Sanders, the visitors scraped together a half dozen in the opening eight minutes.

Conversely, anchored by a pair of Jessica Wells treys and four each by Courtney Cowan and Lissa Bearpaw, six Kansas ladies made it into the scorebook for a 22-6 lead.

Committing several turnovers, to go with a wave of Ďones and done,í in the second, the Lady Hornets got a solo basket to go with 2 of 7 free throw attempts for only four points.

And with 7 each from Cowan and Kelsey Barnwell leading the charge, the Lady Comets poured in 21 to go into the break on top 43-10.

The third quarter clearly belonged to Kansasís Kortni Kendrick. While hauling in boards at both ends of the court, Kendrick rained in three treys for nine of her game high 14 in what little playing time she saw in the frame.

Following the Kendrick out burst, the game was contested by the Lady Comet and Hornet benches. All of the home teamís fourth quarter 12 were put in by Bearpaw, Heather Marshall and Wendy Sapp with four apiece.

With four each by Jordan Pike and Shelley Swicegood, Colcord had their best scoring quarter of the game with 14.

In the boyís game it was the Cometís turn to get off to a slow start that, in the early going, looked like a potential Colcord runaway.

Kansas missed on their first 10 shots from the floor and the Hornets took the opportunity to jump to an 8-0 lead.

Canaan Sherrell fueled the visitorís scoring sprint, knocking down seven of his game high 18.

Caleb Backwater and sophomore Jay Vang chipped in four each, to join Sherrell, going on top 15-8.

In the second stanza, Colcord doubled up the Comets on rebounds and Sherrell struck for seven more to go with three each by Dusty James and Dakota Place.

But a rash of turnovers plagued the Hornets, opening up Corey Cowan for four points. Add to that, critical 3-pointers by Zack Carnes and Colton Evans and the Comets temporarily regained the lead, 19-18 with 4:15 left in the half.

And by the intermission, Colcord was hanging on to a slim 28-26 edge.

Both teams came out of the dressing room with cold shooting hands, collectively misfiring on all but two of their first 14 shots from the floor.

But by the end of the third Place had put in 7 of the Colcord 11 and Cowan 7 of his teamís dozen, for a 1 point Hornet advantage.

After putting in 3 of their first 4 attempts, Colcord was unable to buy a bucket.

And while the visitors struggled to score only 10, the Comets went on a tear. With a trey to go with 4 of 6 free throws, Tyler Lankson scored 7, to go with 6 each from Brett Odle and Wade Lewis for a 21 point quarter and the 49-39 victory.