The new look Lady Comets unveiled a trio that is going to be a consistently tough match-up in the conference. Playing in one of the best conferences for girls basketball in Class A, the Comets will have a lot of tough games in the coming months. However, if Tuesday night is any indicator of what is to come, the Comets are primed to be the conference upsetter.
Throughout Tuesday night's game the Lady Comets attacked the basket. Point guard Mackenzie Foss started the game on her tip-toes, hyped to start the new season. Defense at the top of the key set a tone for the Comets behind her, as Hillcrest showed they will not be out-hustled in the first half.
With the momentum from the defensive side, Hillcrest smoothly transitioned their upbeat energy to their offense, where Hillcrest provides a tough high-low look with Olivia Foss and Anna Murray. Throughout the night, Foss would take the ball at the elbow and dart to the basket. Murray would trail, ready to pick up what Foss wasn't able to put away. The two combined for 24 of Hillcrest's 38 points.
When Foss needed a breather, Paige Schultz stepped in, filling Foss' role in putting up 9 points on the night. Anna Ramussen, Kate Peterson, and Audra Ewan played solid minutes in supporting cast roles, keeping the Comet's intensity as Ewan and Peterson gained valuable varsity experience.
Hillcrest struggled with ball control. The game felt sloppy on both sides. Hillcrest turned the ball over 24 points on the night, but kept the game close, being down 8 at halftime and as much as 13 throughout the night. They cut Brandon-Evansville's lead to 4 in the second half, but ran out of gas.
"It was good to get our first game under our belt. We had a solid night rebounding," noted new Comet head coach Hannah Clark, who is establishing fundamental disciplines in her Comets as she takes control of the basketball program. Clark is bringing a lot of energy and confidence into the Lady Comet's program, inspiring the Comets as they move forward.
Foss finished the night with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Murray contributed 5 points and controlled the boards with Foss, pulling down 11 rebounds herself. The Comets shot 39% from the field, 38% from the free-throw line. They'll look to reset their record in their home opener against Ashby on Thursday night.