Destinee Wofford

Destinee Wofford shoots a three basket against a Cyril defender and was named Tournament MVP after three big victories at the 2020 Black Diamond Classic.

Battling with a top 10 team in their class, the Velma-Alma Lady Comets are champs again at the Black Diamond Classic winning 59-36 over Cyril and becoming repeat champions in the tournament.

The first quarter was dominated by tournament MVP Destinee Wofford who got the first bucket of the game and free throws but the quarter was also dominated by Shain Ille.

Ille hit two three point shots in the quarter as they built the lead to 16-3 before Cyril got the next four points to end the first with a big 16-7 Velma lead.

The second quarter was more of a record breaking quarter for the Lady Comets as Ille hit four long range shots from three point land and another two point basket.

Contributing 14 of the 16 points in the quarter, Ille along with Jaycee Kimbrough put the lead at 20 heading into halftime leading 32-12 and Wofford took over in the third quarter.

Wofford got two buckets, Sammie Enloe and Kimbrough both hit a bucket along with free throws from Kimbrough and Wofford to get them leading by 21 heading into the final quarter of play.

Early in the fourth quarter Ille hit her seventh three point shot, a tournament record for a single game and it made it her 13th three of the tournament which is also a record for the entire tournament run.

Kennedy McGuire, Wofford and Kimbrough also hit buckets to put it at the 23-point victory and run their record to 12-0 on the season.

Ille, an all-tournament selection, had 25 points, Wofford had 19 and Kimbrough, also an all-tournament selection, had 11 to be the double figure points while McGuire and Enloe contributed two points apiece.

The Lady Comets coach Kenny Bare said he was surprised by the margin of victory against the Cyril Lady Pirates and said the way the offense and defense looked were a big part of the game.

“We had one of those nights offensively where the ball was going in for us. We played extremely hard on defense and they didn’t get a lot of good looks and didn’t hit some open shots too,” Bare said. “I never expected a big win. I thought we could play with them and have a chance to win a good game. We just controlled the game from the first quarter throughout the buzzer and I’m extremely proud of the girls.”

With a game this evening against Stephens County foe Empire Lady Bulldogs, Bare said that his team being 12-0 and getting a big victory will help their standings in getting a good playoff spot going forward.

“12-0 is all you can do. We got an e-mail Friday that they moved the final pairings to next week so we got one more week to go,” Bare said. “I feel like if you look at our starters we got a freshman, two sophomores, two juniors, they are going to keep getting better every game with more experience and another week in practice which they can only get better, so we have to work on getting better.”

Game time for the Lady Comets and the Empire Lady Bulldogs will be at 6:30 p.m. this evening at Empire High School.

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