"Megan Aasness played one of the best games I've ever seen a Hillcrest Girl's Basketball player play," said Head Coach Kendra Grothmann when thinking back on the game. The Lady Comets took a 38-14 lead to a 57-25 win, unleashing stifling defense and disciplined scoring in the second half.
Aasness raised the bar for up-and-coming Lady Comets. Her 15 points were a game high, finding buckets through the lane and at the elbow as she hit important shots consistently for her team. Aasness also led on the defensive side, where she halted series after series by Rothsay, moving her feet to keep defenders at bay as they looked to penetrate beyond the Comet first wave of defenders. Aasness also led her team with 8 assists, showing a versatility that is becoming a cornerstone for the Lady Comets who are turning a corner on their season.
Due to Aasness' defense, and the efforts by the Comet backcourt, Rothsay consistently took bad shots throughout the evening. Failing to find open lanes, the Tigers were forced to throw attempts at their bucket that benefitted Hillcrest's front court. Emma Royce and Abigail Christenson pulled down 6 and 7 rebounds, respectively.
As Aasness set the tone for the game, Hillcrest's underclassmen followed suit. Anna Newman earned 10 points, hitting a tone setting three pointer in the first half. Ruthanne Erickson continued her confident march on Hillcrest's court, looking forward to taking a leadership role next year after watching Aasness blaze a trail for her this year. Erickson hit two important three pointers in the first half that catapulted the Comets to a level Rothsay was unable to follow.
The win is only the second by a Comet team that runs stride-for-stride with every team they've played through the first half. The Comets are building their bench to shift gears in the second half to enable a score that more honestly reflects the pace and effort in the game. Most games have fallen out of reach for the Comets in the closing minutes as Hillcrest runs out of players and energy from their 9 person varsity squad.
Hillcrest looks forward to a strong march to playoffs on Tuesday at Parkers Prairie, a game they lost earlier in the season by a meager 10 points. The Comets are better conditioned and have played well together as of late. The 7:15pm tipoff marks a full week of basketball where the Comets look to reset their table for an underdog presence in march madness.