After finishing in third place at the Stephens County Tournament, the Velma-Alma Lady Comets took care of business at home this past Tuesday beating the Alex Lady Longhorns 48-35.
Despite going down early on the first basket of the game, Shain Ille hit a three point bucket to grab the lead and the Lady Comets never looked back. They got big buckets from Jonna Kimbrough, Destinee Wofford and a three from Kennedy McGuire to end the first quarter.
Leading 14-6 at the end of the first, the Lady Longhorns got two quick buckets from Callyn Carnes to make it a four point lead for the Lady Comets.
Jaycee Kimbrough hit the first bucket of the second quarter while off the bench Addy Smith got the lead back up to six points with her only bucket of the game.
A three bucket from Maddy Morris and a two point bucket from Kaitlyn Goleman got the Velma-Alma lead down to three but back-to-back three buckets pushed the lead further for the Lady Comets.
Wofford hit both of the three buckets before halftime giving the Lady Comets a 24-15 halftime lead and both teams traded buckets back and forth in the third quarter.
One bucket came from Jaycee Kimbrough before Alex scored three straight points then Wofford took over to get a three point play on a basket and the foul while converting the free throw.
Keeping the lead at nine with one more basket from Jaycee Kimbrough and two more from Wofford in the forth quarter, the Lady Comets were able to extend the lead with four different players scoring.
Jonna and Jaycee Kimbrough got the first two buckets of the quarter while a three from Ille gave them the largest lead of the game.
Velma-Alma was able to have three players in double figures as Wofford led the scoring with 19 points followed by Jaycee Kimrbough who had 10 and Ille had 10 as well with Jonna Kimbrough having four points, McGuire having three points and Smith having two points.
The Lady Comets head coach Kenny Bare commented on how well Velma-Alma performed in a game that he knew could have been competitive against a good Alex team.
“Scouting and getting ready for that girls game, they are a really good Class A basketball team,” Bare said. “We knew they were going to be a tough opponent. I’m glad that we got out to a good start and we were able to maintain. Once we pulled away from them they cut it to maybe six or seven but they never got any closer than that.”
Bare also liked how the Lady Comets came up with clutch plays at the right time and knows that with four regular season games to go his team is heading in the right direction.
“Just when we needed a big play somebody stepped up and made a big play whether it be a steal on defense or Jaycee and Jonna (Kimbrough) defensively,” Bare said. “I thought overall we had more people chip in for this win than we have had in several games.”
The next game for the Lady Comets will take place at 6:30 p.m. this Friday as they host Healdton at home before playing two road games next week at Ringling and Wilson.