The Velma-Alma Lady Comets notched a 45-23 win over the visiting Waurika Lady Eagles Tuesday night.

The Comets got balanced scoring from junior Kaitlin Anderson, who led all scorers with 15, and sophomore Connor Southerland, who finished with 10.

Southerland’s trey early in the first gave the Lady Comets a 6-2 edge, as V-A led 12-4 at the end of the first stanza.

“We played hard,” Lady Comets head coach Jerry Garret said. “I think we’re playing harder overall. We’re still working on not turning the ball over as much.

“We did a good job of getting the ball down to the post. We got some good looks inside.”

With 6:04 left in the second period, Anderson made it 15-4 with a short jumper. Southerland’s lay-up with just under five minutes to play pushed the Lady Comets cushion to 19-4.

Waurika’s first points of the second quarter came with just under three minutes left to play in the half when senior Katie McCauley sank a shot. Junior Amber Hall led Waurika with seven points, while McCauley finished with six.

It was 24-8 at the half on Anderson bucket at the buzzer.

In the third, Anderson pushed Velma-Alma’s lead to 30-10 with a pair of free throws and junior Hillary Tivis turned a Waurika to into two more points with 4:23 left in the third.

Freshman Staci Brandon hit a bucket late in the fourth to cut Velma-Alma’s lead to 43-22, but freshman Whitney Hall had an answer for the Lady Comets.

Velma-Alma will travel to Turner Friday, while Waurika hosts Grandfield Thursday night for homecoming.

The loss drops Waurika to 1-10 on the season, and the win brings Velma-Alma to .500 at 6-6.

— Ron Booth is the managing editor for The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 166, or via e-mail at ron.booth@duncanbanner.com.

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