2/14/2017 5:23:00 PM Lady Comets fall in Regional finale
by Brent Sumner Staff writer
The Reed-Custer varsity girls basketball team saw their season come to an end Thursday night, when they lost in the Regional championship.
The Lady Comets advanced to take on Spring Valley Hall, where they lost in the low-scoring battle, 45-30.
Reed-Custer got off to a slow start, scoring just nine points between the first and second quarters. By half-time, Spring Valley had doubled the Lady Comets' offensive effort, 18-9.
Reed-Custer attempted to battle back in the second half, recording eight points in the third, and their biggest quarter in the fourth, 13 points.
Unfortunately, the Lady Comets were unable to close the gap, as Spring Valley kept pace through the second half.
Kenna Wilkey was the only player to finish in double-digits, earning 10 points on the night, while Amber Duran followed with six points.
Antoinette Hill and Jaden Christian both chipped in with four points, and Val Guzman and Karina Marrs both added three points.
Hill led the team in rebounds with nine, as Wilkey followed with six boards.
Reed-Custer finishes their season with an overall record of 17-14.
The Lady Comets opened their Regional action on Tuesday against Dwight, where they defeated the Lady Trojans in Momence by 10 points.
Reed-Custer trailed in the first half, 22-15, but managed to battle back in the second half of the game.
The Lady Comets went on a 19-0 run in the second half, putting them in control, as Haley Hamilton led the team defensively, while Guzman and Wilkey both stepped up offensively.
"Haley Hamilton led the way defensively for the Comets," said coach Nick Klein. "Without Haley, we don't win this game. Seniors Val and Kenna really stepped up when the team needed them to, and Antoinette Hill cleaned up the boards in the second half."
Guzman finished the night with 17 points, while Wilkey followed with 13 points and nine rebounds.
Duran added six points, Hill added four points and 13 rebounds, and Gabi Perez chipped in with two points.
Christian and Marrs both rounded out the effort with one point each.