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December 8, 2012

Am-Po edges Lady Comets in Friday’s semis

Evan Grice
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VELMA — It might not seem like a long span of time, but 49 seconds meant the difference between winning and losing for the Velma-Alma Lady Comets.

A six-point run for the Amber-Pocasset Lady Panthers to start the fourth quarter gave them a 40-32 lead with 7:11 left, after leading 34-32 at the end of the third as Am-Po survived 47-41 over V-A in the semifinals of the Bullet Energy Comet Classic.

“You can’t say your happy with a loss, but my gosh our girls played their hearts out,” V-A coach Jerry Garrett said. “We had been playing hard the whole game, and then all of a sudden we gave up six points in a 30 second span. I think that was a big part of them (Am-Po) being able to hang on.”

V-A managed to tie the game at 41-41 with 1:15 left in regulation, before the Lady Panthers closed the game out with a 6-0 run.

Throughout the entire game, the Lady Comets stayed close, being down 11-8 at the end of the first and then 22-19 going into halftime.

Leading the scoring for the Lady Comets (2-2) was Teddi Southerland with 12 points, followed by Kylee Saville with 11 points. Am-Po was paced by Dontasia McAfee who led all scorers with 16 points.

BOYS SEMIFINAL

VELMA-ALMA 66, CARNEGIE 33

If your going to run with the Velma-Alma Comets, you’d better be in it for the long haul.

Carnegie managed to take a brief 2-0 lead before V-A went on a 14-0 run and never looked back as the Comets advanced to the finals of the Bullet Energy Comet Classic with a 66-33 win over the Wildcats.

“We just talked about at halftime how we could play better,” V-A coach Kenny Bare said. “I really talked about keeping the fouls down in the second half. We played a lot smarter in the second half and I think that really helped the tempo in our favor.”

V-A (4-0) took a 32-19 lead into halftime, before exploding with a 23-2 run to start the third quarter.

Leading the scoring for the Comets was Dallen Mercer with 18 points, followed by Zac Cable with 10 points. Checotah Lynn and Jaz Gayanich each had eight points.

Carnegie was paced by Jonathyn Bronaugh with 13 points.

CONSOLATION SEMIFINAL

COMANCHE 56, HEALDTON 52

Things finally went right for the Comanche Indians on Friday.

After being tied at 41-41 with three quarters complete, CHS managed to outscore Healdton 15-11 in the fourth to claim its first win of the season 56-52 over the Bulldogs.

Comanche found itself down 33-31 at halftime, before taking a 41-37 lead at the 1:22 mark of the third quarter.

CHS head coach Nick Price declined to comment on the victory following the game.

Leading the scoring for the Indians (1-3) was Garrett Morrow with 20 points, followed by Zach Young with 14 points.

Healdton was led by Chaz Carr who scored 15 points.