Edwards, Miss., sophomore Jay Bland scored 28 points to lead the Penn Valley Lady Scouts to a 90-70 victory over the Cottey College Comets Saturday afternoon at Hinkhouse Center on the Cottey campus in the first home game for Cottey since Dec. 1, when head coach Dave Ketterman's squad defeated Southwest Iowa Community College by a final score of 46-36.
Ketterman called Bland a legitimate Division-I basketball prospect and said she simply was too much for the Comets. Minneapolis, Minn., sophomore Voneisha Harris joined Bland in double figures as she scored 21 points for the Lady Scouts, who are 8-6 overall and 2-0 against NJCAA Division-II Region XVI opponents this season.
Freshman Dayna Turnbull led the Comets with 24 points, while freshman Kat Zumalt chipped in 12, sophomore Blaklee Sanders added 10 -- including eight at the free-throw line -- and sophomore Bailey Braden collected 10 rebounds before fouling out with 8 minutes remaining in the game.
As a team, the Comets shot 20-for-29 from the free-throw line in the contest, while the Scouts finished 16-for-24.
Cottey is 10-1 and 1-1 against Region XVI opponents this season.
The Comets are scheduled to host the Central Methodist junior varsity team at 6 p.m., today, inside Hinkhouse Center.