2018-01-25 / Sports

Lowe-led Comets drop third straight

Another double-double from freshman standout Olivia Lowe went for naught on Tuesday as Leland dropped a 55-48 decision at Buckley.

The Comets (3-7, 1-6 Northwest) seemingly had no answer for Shelby Cade and Hope Warren, who poured in 20 points and 18 points, respectively.

“We had some really good moments,” Leland coach Ryan Knudsen said, “and we are learning how to get back into the game when we are playing from behind, which is a great skill to learn, but we need to start focusing our energy on getting out to better starts in games so we don’t keep putting ourselves in those situations.”

Lowe, who is averaging 12.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game, scored 21 points and corralled 14 rebounds. Maddy Grosvenor added eight points and six boards; Tatum Kareck chipped in with seven points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals.

The Comets will be tasked with taking on the third-ranked Class B team in the state, Kingsley, at home tonight.

Lowe, Comets fall at Frankfort

A slow start spelled doom for Leland at Frankfort on Friday as the Panthers cruised to a convincing 72-35 victory.

“Unfortunately, we did not come out ready to play in the first half, and they are the type of team that will take advantage of that,” Knudsen said.

The Comets struggled with Frankfort’s pressure early and often, falling behind 41-14 by halftime.

Lowe finished with 11 points, 14 rebounds, five steals and three blocks while Grace Noorman came up one rebound short of a double-double with 11 points and nine boards. Gillian Grobbel pulled down nine boards, as well, and swatted three shots. Kareck contributed with eight points.

Huskies bite with balanced attack

Fueled by four players in double figures the visiting Benzie Central girls cruised past Leland last Thursday 66-26.

The Huskies, who led 13-8 after the first quarter, unleashed a 26-5 run in the second stanza and never looked back.

“The final score might not indicate how well we actually played in this game, especially the first quarter and a half of the game,” Knudsen said. “Benzie is known for their full-court press, but we were able to handle the pressure very well and limit our turnovers against a very aggressive and seasoned team.”

Aleiya Ross led all scorers with 11 points and three players — Abby Bretzke, Maile Church and Lauren Ross — each scored 10.

Lowe led Leland on both ends, finishing just short of a double-double with nine points, 11 rebounds, six blocks and five steals.

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