After finishing with a third place finish at the Black Diamond Tournament, the Velma-Alma Lady Comets had plenty of reason to be confident.
Unfortunately, the Walters Lady Blue Devils didn’t seem to care about V-A’s confidence Tuesday night.
A nine-point third quarter proved to be the difference as WHS came away with a 64-56 victory over the Lady Comets.
“We couldn’t rebound tonight and that was the biggest difference,” V-A coach Jerry Garrett said. “It seemed like on every possession they had at least two or three shots. We had the lead at halftime and then came out in the third and scored just nine points. We also missed 15 free throws. But, we’ve got to do a better job rebounding the ball.”
Walters put up 20 points in the third quarter, after finding itself down 30-28 at the half.
V-A tried to make a run in the fourth with 17 points, but couldn’t dig itself out of the hole.
Aria Johnson led the Lady Comets (9-5) with 21 points followed by Teddi Southerland with 16 points. Kylee Saville added 14 points.
V-A will be hosting Healdton on Friday night with tip-off set for 6:30 p.m.
VELMA-ALMA 65, WALTERS 54
A true measure of a team’s character is how they rebound following a tough loss.
For the No. 6 Comets, their tough loss came in the championship of the Black Diamond Tournament against No. 3 Sterling.
However, V-A had just the response head coach Kenny Bare was looking for as the Comets grabbed a crucial road victory 65-54.
“This was a big conference win for us, especially on the road in a tough environment,” Bare said. “We’re now in the drivers seat and that’s a good feeling. These are the types of games we’ll experience in the playoffs and that’s a good thing.”
After being tied at 14-14 following the first quarter, V-A took control with a 17-9 run before halftime.
Following the break, the Comets put together an 18-7 run, giving them a 49-30 lead heading into the fourth.
Despite being outscored 24-16 in the fourth, V-A (12-2) managed to still grab the win.
Jaz Gayanich led the scoring with 23 points on the night, followed by Dallen Mercer with 13 points. Zac Cable added 12 points with Checotah Lynn putting in nine points. Jake McGuire scored five points.
V-A will be entertaining the Healdton Bulldogs Friday night at 8 p.m. from J.M. Carey Fieldhouse in Velma.