The Lady Comets huddled at mid-court Monday night with smiles beaming after beating Ashby by 2 points in their second win under interim Coach Zach Nersten. An 11 point deficit didn't keep the Comets from a powerful second half in beating the Arrows 59-57.
Ashby was hot in the first half, spreading scoring around to 5 of 7 players who entered the game in the first half. Crisp passes seemed to have Hillcrest on their heels as the Comets worked to keep in lanes and redirect the Arrow offense.
Hillcrest, on the other hand, posted 3 scorers in the first half, with Ashby struggling to keep Senior forward Abigail Christenson away from rebounds. Christenson hauled in a series of rebounds, earning 3 trips to the line as she marched into the locker room with 14 points at the half.
The Comets were more aggressive when the whistle blew and the ball hit the inbounds pass in the second half. 11 trips to the free throw line gave the Comets double-digit points on fouls, helping mount their 11 point comeback through the final seconds of the game. Sophomore Olivia Foss, who was quiet in the first half, filled in for Christenson's dominance in the paint as the Arrows worked to shut down Hillcrest's top scoring threat. Foss walked away with 16 points, all scored in the second half.
Christenson pulled down 14 rebounds, opening scoring opportunities that saw her run away with another double-double as she saw 24 points tallied in her scoring column. The Comets forced 14 steals, most in the second half, as their defense stifled the Arrows. Ashby struggled to get offense from their defense, as Hillcrest's work controlling and protecting the ball is paying off. The Comets had a season low 10 turnovers on the night.
Hillcrest is looking to extend their winning streak on Thursday in hosting Battle Lake before traveling to Twin Valley next week to play NCE/UH.