2017-12-07 / Sports

Grishaw, Lady Comets tame Bulldogs in lopsided opener

Mollie Grishaw poured in a career-high 22 points, Grace Noorman netted 18 and the Lady Comets of Leland opened their 2017-18 campaign in impressive fashion on Friday with a 59-25 win over the Traverse City Bulldog Athletic Association.

“For the first game of the season, our passing and movement offensively were very sharp,” Leland coach Ryan Knudsen said. “Everyone was on the same page and they consistently made the extra pass offensively to the open player, which allowed us to get many high-percentage attempts.

“We still need to do better at finishing those shots, but creating those opportunities is the most difficult part of the process, and I feel good about where we are at after the first game.”

The offensive output was fueled by a strong defensive performance. Leland finished with 27 steals, 21 deflections and 12 blocks, Knudsen said.

“We still have some adjustments to make with some of our defensive rotations, but even with this being a young team with not much varsity experience, this is one of the most athletic teams we have had at Leland in a while,” he said. “It should be fun to watch them continue to grow throughout the season.”

Noorman notched a double-double in her debut, corralling 10 rebounds. Olivia Lowe led Leland on the glass with 12 boards, swatting five shots.

Margie Stowe finished with eight points, four assists and four steals. Maddy Grosvenor added seven points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals. Gillian Grobbel chipped in with eight boards, seven steals and three blocks.

Leland shot 40 percent from the floor (26-of-65), Knudsen said, and only attempted two 3-pointers (1-of- 2).

The Lady Comets are slated to host Buckley on Friday.

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