2018-12-06 / Sports

Comets use strong defense to defeat Bulldogs, 58-19

by Grant McPherson
of the Enterprise staff


MARGIE STOWE, left, dribbles the ball around the top of the arc Monday in the first game of the season against Traverse City. MARGIE STOWE, left, dribbles the ball around the top of the arc Monday in the first game of the season against Traverse City. Olivia Lowe imposed her will in the first game of the season.

Lowe piled up 33 points, as Leland (1-0) earned its first win of the season, 58-19. The Comets led throughout the match, held the Bulldogs (0-1) to just 10 points in the first half.

For the first game of the season, and with only having four practices all together as a team, our passing and movement offensively was very sharp,” Leland coach Ryan Knudsen said. “Everyone was on the same page and we consistently made the extra pass to find the open player which allowed us to get many high percentage attempts throughout the game.”

Leland jumped out to a 16-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Comets had the lead at 31-8 with 2:26 left in the first half. Mia Osorio went down with an injury and didn’t return the rest of the game.


OLIVIA LOWE, back, gets around the Traverse City defender Monday at Leland Public School. OLIVIA LOWE, back, gets around the Traverse City defender Monday at Leland Public School. The Comets led 31-10 at halftime, and scored the first eight points of the second half. Leland continued to push the lead and play tough defense, leading 41-10 with 3:18 left in third quarter.

“We were able to create many good opportunities in transition, but I thought our execution in the half court was the most impressive,” Knudsen said. “I feel good about where we are at after the first game with limited practice.”

The Comets led 46-12 at the end of the third quarter, forcing turnover after turnover and bad shot selection from Traverse City. The Comets had the lead out to 52-17 with 3:45 left in the final quarter, adding a few more points to earn the 58-19 victory over the Traverse City Bulldogs.

“Defensively, we have been working on making adjustments to our defensive game plan,” Knudsen said. “I thought it helped to keep the Bulldogs off balance and allowed us to create transition opportunities from our steals, deflections, and defensive rebounds.”

The Comets shot 40 percent from the field, making 26 of their 65 shot attempts. On the 26 baskets, Leland assisted on 21 of them. The Comets made six of its 10 shots at the free throw line.

Leland deflected 29 passes and stole 34 passes from Traverse City. The Comets turned the defense into offense all game long.

Lowe had a double double with 18 rebounds and six steals to go along with her 33 point performance. Maddy Grosvenor added eight points and seven rebounds. Tatum Kareck had four points, seven rebounds, seven steals and four rebounds.

Mollie Grishaw scored six points and earned seven steals. Margie Stowe added four assists and seven rebounds, while Maggie Molter had four points and five steals. Jen Estrada also grabbed eight rebounds.

“We still have some adjustments we would like to make with our defensive rotations, but with this still being a young team,” Knudsen said. “I think we are making great progress so far, and this should be a fun team to watch as they continue to grow throughout the season.”

The Comets will make the trip to Kingsley on Tuesday to take on the Stags. Tip is set for 7 p.m. and will be the first conference game for Leland. Last time the two teams met, Kingsley defeated Leland, 76-29.

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