Watervliet zooms past Comets
Katie Schultz certainly had the magic touch Tuesday, December 13 as she scored four 3-pointers in Watervliet’s 41-25 drubbing of the Comets.
Host Watervliet rocketed out to an early 15-9 lead against their Southwestern Athletic Conference rival. The Comet squad had no trouble picking apart Watervliet’s man defense. But, Panther head coach Jason Forrester made a quick adjustment to a zone defense and the game was in Watervliet’s court the rest of the night.
At the half, Watervliet held a 21-15 lead.
The Lady Panthers added another nine points on the board in the third period and held Coloma to just four points. Coloma trailed 30-19 at the end of three periods.
Coloma was unable to create much in the way of offense for most of the evening. The Lady Comets finished off their evening scoring six points on their way to the 41-25 loss.
Schultz was the high scorer for Watervliet with 14 points. Logan Mizwicki added 10 points and had 11 rebounds. Kara Liles scored seven points and had seven rebounds.
Madalyn Hutchins hit a 3-pointer, and Ariana Rowe scored three points. Zoe Smith and Casie Gohr added two points apiece. As a squad, the team shot 50% from the free throw line.
Kayla Yore had an outstanding game for Coloma. She scored over half her teams’ points, sinking 16 to lead the Comets. Morgan Wagner scored five points and had six rebounds.
Nicolle Larson scored two points, while Emily Bolis and Hannah Mathis each chipped in one point.
Coloma shot 33% from the free throw line, hitting six of 18 attempts.
IN MOTION… Coloma’s Tevon Blazier heads toward the basket as Hartford’s William Martinez looks to get his hands on the ball Friday, December 16. Coloma beat the visiting Indians 78-59. The Comets now hold a 3-1 record. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)
Turnovers aplenty as Coloma whips Watervliet; Goodline scores 23 points
Coloma’s boys’ varsity basketball squad traveled to Watervliet for an impressive Southwestern Athletic Conference win, topping the Panthers 49-27.
To say it was a rough outing for Watervliet would be an understatement. The Comet defense stifled Watervliet from the get-go and, as the pressure increased, so did Panther turnovers.
Coloma roared out to a 16-4 first period lead. At one point, Watervliet trailed 14-0. Watervliet finally stopped playing Coloma’s game and set their own tempo in the second period. That allowed Watervliet to score 11 points to Coloma’s nine. Watervliet still trailed 25-15 at the half way mark.
The third period had Coloma eking out a one point advantage, seven points to six. Coloma remained in the lead 32-21 at the end of three.
The mighty Comets used the fourth period to finish off the Panthers. Coloma’s red hot offense scored 17 points while the defense continued to pressure Watervliet. The Panthers were able to score only six points and fell 49-27.
Coloma suffocated the Panthers throughout the game, which resulted in 25 Watervliet turnovers. Coloma coughed up the ball only five times.
Coloma star Zach Goodline led the Comet charge with 23 points. He hit four of the team’s six 3-pointers and was three for three from the charity stripe.
Adam Hearn scored eight points for Coloma. He also had six rebounds. Tevon Blazier hit a 3-pointer and contributed a total of five points to Coloma’s cause. Grant Kroschel scored four points, while Brendan Lute hit a 3-pointer.
Kobe Hunter, Levi Wilkens, and Robbie Schroeder scored two points apiece for Coloma.
Coloma shot 43% from the free throw line.
BOONE FOR THE BUCKET… Trent Boone of Watervliet’s varsity basketball team goes up for an easy layup Tuesday, December 13 as the Panthers welcomed Coloma to the court. Defending for Colo-ma are Calvin Starnes (32) and Adam Hearn (34). Coloma would easily defeat the Panthers 49-27, giving Watervliet their second loss of the season. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)
Trent Boone led Watervliet with seven points, including five of six from the free throw line. Daniel Cluster chipped in six points, seven rebounds, and three blocked shots.
LA Smith dropped in four points and was perfect, two for two, from the line. Devon Flowers scored three points, the only points scored by Watervliet beyond the arc.
Cam Rendo scored three points. Ryan Chisek added two points, and Tyler Brant kicked in two points and eight rebounds.
As a team, Watervliet shot 80% from the free throw line.
Twenty-two three pointers in Coloma/Hartford game
The basketballs were flying Friday, December 16 as Coloma welcomed Hartford to the hardwood. Coloma scored 14 3-pointers to take the 78-59 victory.
The story of the night was the 3-point attempts and buckets made by both teams. Hartford hit eight 3-pointers, five of them in the first half of the contest. Coloma landed a whopping 14 3-pointers, splitting them evenly between halves.
Coloma’s Zach Goodline led the team with 31 points including four two-point buckets, five 3-pointers, and eight of nine free throws. Goodline is a triple threat on offense and clearly has no limitations on the floor.
Kobe Hunter stepped up his level of play and dropped 14 points including two 3-pointers. Grant Kroschel joined the three-point brigade; he scored eight points including two 3-pointers.
Brendan Lute’s nine points came on three 3-pointers.Tevon Blazier tossed in one 3-pointer and two field goals for seven points. Levi Wilkens rounded out the long ball scoring with one 3-pointer. Robbie Schroeder scored four points, and Willie Donald added two points to the Comet effort.
Coloma shot 67% from the free throw line.
The Comets began the game with a decisive 21-12 lead in the first period. Coloma continued to build on that lead in the second period, adding 24 points to Hartford’s 15. Hartford trailed by 18 points as the first half ended, 45-27.
The Indians did make some adjustments on offense in the second half. They scored 16 points in the third period, but Coloma continued to roll on scoring 20 of their own.
Fourth period action found Hartford outscoring Coloma 16-13, but Coloma ran away with the 78-59 victory.
For Hartford, Austin Nelson was the team’s top scorer. He hit five 3-pointers and scored 23 points. William Martinez landed three 3-pointers and five field goals and shot two for two from the free throw line; he scored 21 points. Trey Ackerman dropped in six points, including hitting 100% from the free throw line (four for four).
Garrod Johnson scored four points. Randy Ramirez tallied three points, and Luke Manning scored two.
Hartford shot 88% from the free throw line.
Coloma is tied with Saugatuck atop the Southwestern Athletic Conference – Lakeshore Division standings with a 3-1 overall record. The Comets are 2-0 in the conference.
Hartford falls to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the SAC – Lakeshore division.