Cold streak shoots down Comets

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

For seven minutes, Hinkhouse Center Gymnasium was as frigid as the Arctic and dry as the Sahara for the Cottey Comets.

The Comets went stone cold from the floor and failed to score a single point in the final seven minutes of a 55-36 home loss to Hesston College on Saturday.

Until then, it had been a tight, competitive contest with the margin never more than a handful. The Comets trailed 25-22 at the half.

At the 7:20 mark of the second half, freshman Carol Humphries' layup off an assist from point-guard Nati Lenchner pulled the Comets to within two at 38-36.

Incredibly, that was the final Comet basket. The Larks went on a 17-0 run to transform a rumble into a rout.

Sloppy passing, resulting in Cottey turnovers, was the primary culprit, not only reducing the number of possessions, but also allowing the Larks easy baskets at the other end.

The loss dropped the Comets to 2-16, while Hesston improved to 7-8.

Humphries led Cottey with 13 points and Lenchner added nine. Traci Melton had a team-high six rebounds.

Cottey coach Brenda Rose Pearson still saw fight in her team, especially after two tough losses earlier in the week, one in overtime and another by one point on a late-game shot.

"We're still motivated to win," she said, "so, as long as we continue to play hard, hopefully it'll pay off next week."

Cottey visits St. Louis for a Thursday game with St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, then meets St. Louis CC-Meramac on Friday.

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