2017-01-26 / Sports

Panthers deal Lady Comets sixth straight loss

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


MOLLIE GRISHAW, pictured before Leland’s game at St. Mary in December, scored a career-high 12 points against visiting Frankfort on Tuesday. MOLLIE GRISHAW, pictured before Leland’s game at St. Mary in December, scored a career-high 12 points against visiting Frankfort on Tuesday. A change of scenery and three big games from Kira Metcalf weren’t enough to help the Leland girls snap their losing streak last week.

The Lady Comets followed up a span of six straight road games with a trio of home losses. The team fell 53-37 to Onekama last Wednesday, 64-23 to Benzie Central on Friday and 65-41 to Frankfort on Tuesday. Tuesday’s loss was a sixth straight for the Comets (1-9, 1-6 Northwest), but coach Ryan Knudsen isn’t too discouraged.

“The end result may not have been what we wanted in this game, but we felt like we played very well,” Knudsen said. “We made some really good progress in some areas that will help us to be successful the rest of the season.”

The Comets showed flashes of potential late against the Panthers, scoring 20 of their 41 points in the fourth quarter.

Mollie Grishaw led the team with a career-high 12 points to go with four steals while Metcalf padded the stat sheet with 10 points, seven boards, four assists and three steals.

Metcalf, a senior, also finished with 10 points and seven rebounds on Friday against a good Benzie Central team.

“I thought we did a good job defensively starting out, but we were unable to sustain that level of play throughout the game,” Knudsen said. “We have also been doing much better in recent games at taking care of the ball against the press, which has created more opportunities offensively, as well. We just need to be able to sustain that level of play throughout the game.”

The Comets trailed by 11 points at halftime against Onekama last Wednesday but struggled to keep pace with the Portagers in the third quarter.

Metcalf did all she could, again scoring 10 points, but Onekama shooters put the game out of reach late.

“We have been working on some new offensive options,” Knudsen said. “I thought we did a good job of being more aggressive offensively and driving to the basket, which created some really good opportunities around the basket and at the free-throw line.”

Maddie Grosvenor finished with seven points in the loss.

Leland will wrap up its four-game homestand tonight against Buckley.

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