12-08-2016 Tri-City Area Sports

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Comets cruise to two victories

 Coloma girls’ varsity basketball opened their season last week with two wins, Tuesday and Friday.

The Lady Comets opened their season at home on November 29 against Decatur. Under new head coach Fred Paulsen, Coloma showed vast improvement defensively.

Coloma put six points on the board in the first period. Decatur trailed with four. Coloma then held Decatur from scoring in the second period. Offensively, the Comets put up 10 points on the scoreboard in the second period to take a 10-4 lead at intermission.

Third quarter action resumed with Coloma adding to their lead; the game was 17-9 in Coloma’s favor at the end of three.

The Comets opened up the fourth period by tossing the ball around for the first minute of play.  Morgan Wagner would land a shot giving Coloma a 19-9 lead.

A Decatur foul put Kayla Yore at the free throw line. She scored on both shot attempts and Coloma led 21-9.

Coloma’s Mika Andersen fouled a Decatur player. No harm done, as the shooter missed on both attempts.

The final minute and half of the game was a flurry of scoring activity for both teams, as eight points were scored between the two teams. As time ran out, Coloma posted the 25-13 win.

Yore was high scorer for Coloma. She picked up 11 points on three field goals and hit five of six shots from the charity stripe.

Morgan Wagner scored eight points. Hannah Mathis netted four points.

Skylar Crisenbery sank one free throw attempt out of two shots, while Andersen hit one of four.

Coloma shot 58% from the free throw line.

On Friday, December 2, Coloma beat Bangor 35-33 in an impressive game in which the Comets took the early lead and never relinquished it – although Bangor certainly did their level best to snatch the win from the Comets’ grasp.

Coloma dominated the first period, leading 14-5. They continued their intense play through the second period, scoring eight points to Bangor’s five. Coloma led 22-10 at the half.

Bangor nearly derailed the Comets’ win in the second half. Their locker room pep talk at the half had an impact, as the Vikings scored 12 points in the third quarter. Additionally, Bangor limited Coloma to only three points. Bangor drew to within three, trailing 25-22 at the end of the third period.

Bangor added another 11 points in the fourth period. Coloma sank 10. When the final buzzer rang, Coloma held on for the 35-33 win.

Yore blasted Bangor for 15 points. She scored two three-pointers and was five of eight from the free throw line.

Mathis hit three field goals for six points. Wagner chipped in five points, including one three-pointer.

Jenna Walter scored three points. Julia Sternaman was perfect from the free throw line; she was two for two.  Mika Anderson hit two of six shots from the free throw line for two points. Nicolle Larson scored two points in the Comet effort. The team shot 53% from the free throw line.

Hartford handed two losses in opening week but provides impressive performances

 Hartford’s girls’ varsity basketball team opened their season Tuesday, November 29 at home and welcomed a tough Galesburg-Augusta team to the court.