Comet girls beat Nevada
NEVADA - North Polk showed another strong defensive effort as they defeated Nevada, 60 to 19, on Dec. 11. The first half was a slow offensive performance, but as in previous games, the Comet defense did the job, holding the Cubs to eight first-half points.
Opening the second half with a 26 to 8 lead, North Polk’s defense led the way again, and built their lead to 37 to 13. The Comet offense finally caught their stride and erupted for 23 fourth-quarter points, while holding the Cubs to six points, ending the game with North Polk on top 60 to 19.
Katie Scott commented, “We put a lot of work into practice to get us ready for the game. At the half, Coach talked about attacking the basket, and the second half we moved the ball well, attacked and got to the free throw line more.”
Maggie Phipps led the Comets in scoring with 23 points. She was followed by Jaedon Murphy’s 15 points and Katie Scott’s eight.
Comets roll versus Saydel
SAYDEL - On Dec. 14, the North Polk girls outplayed the Saydel Eagles from start to finish. Allowing Saydel to score only four first-half points, the Comets ran to a 56 to 4 halftime lead.
With many of the starters not playing the second half, the defense was still stingy, only letting Saydel score two points in the third quarter and four in the fourth. The Comets scored 14 points in both the third and fourth quarters, with the final score being 84 to 10.
The Comets were led by Maggie Phipps with 31 points, followed by Jaedon Murphy and Lucy Shaffer, who scored 15 points each.
North Polk girls defeat another HOIC Foe!
North Polk took on another Heart of Iowa Conference foe when they played at South Hamilton Dec. 18. As in previous games, the defense once again led the way. While holding the Hawks to seven first-half points, the North Polk girls piled on 48 points.
Starting the the third quarter with a 41-point lead, the Comets continued to build on it by outscoring the Hawks by five points in the third quarter and seven in the fourth. The game ended with North Polk on top, 73 to 20.
Leading the Comets in scoring was Maggie Phipps with 23 points. She was followed by Jaedon Murphy’s 12, and Katie Brown’s nine points.
North Polk girls take overtime win over Bombers
ALLEMAN - It’s been about 14 years since North Polk and Ballard have played a basketball game, and this one was a nerve-racking one. Going into overtime was the result of two different halves for the Comets and Bombers girls’ basketball game Dec 20. The first quarter saw the Comets ahead 15 to 5, and in the second quarter Ballard outscored North Polk 10 to 9, ending the first half with North Polk on top, 24 to 15.
The second half saw Ballard’s pressure defense wear on the Comets as they went on a 10-4 run, ending the third quarter with North Polk still on top by three. In the fourth quarter, it was a back-and-forth battle, with Ballard coming back to tie the score. Then the Bombers took a six-point lead with less than two minutes left in the game when they hit back to back 3’s. However, the Comets didn’t fold — they came back with back-to-back 3’s of their own to knot the score at 37 to 37. With less than 20 seconds remaining in the game, the ball was in Ballard’s hands, but they couldn’t connect on a game-winning shot.
In overtime, the Comets got the opening tip and Katie Brown hit a 3-pointer at the top of the key. After Abi Zimmer’s 3-point play, it was all Comets, as they outscored the Bombers in the final frame, 9-2, winning the game with a score of 46-39.
Coach Albertsen commented, “This was a very hard-fought game. Ballard plays very hard and made us work for everything we got. We turned the ball over too many times. However, I think we showed a lot of character when we came back late in the fourth quarter and were able to win it in overtime.”
Maggie Phipps led all scorers with 14 points. She was followed by Jaedon Murphy with 10 and Abi Zimmer with nine. Brooke Loewe had 13 points for the Bombers, followed by Molly Ihle’s 11 points.