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Comets lead from start to finish in 46-33 win over IFA Cadets

Comets lead from start to finish in 46-33 win over IFA Cadets
Press photo by John Burbridge
Charles City senior Liz Fiser battles with Iowa Falls-Alden’s Cailin Reimer (No. 21) and Emma Harding (No. 51) for control of the loose ball during Monday’s non-conference game which the Comets won.

By John Burbridge

CHARLES CITY — With a balanced scoring attack that boasted no one in double-figures, the Charles City Comets girls basketball team won its fourth game of the season and its first game of the New Year while dispatching Iowa-Falls Alden 46-33 in non-conference action at Comet Gym.

The effort improved the Comets’ overall record to 4-8.
Lauren Connell, Liz Fiser and Dani Stock each scored 8 points for the Comets. Mackenzy Bilharz and Lynn Hoeft both came off the bench to 7 and 5 points, respectively, for Charles City.

Charles City led from start to finish, but the Cadets — looking for their first win of the season — managed to pull within 1 early in the second half.

Cailin Reimer’s 3-point shot capped a 7-1 surge to start the third quarter to make the score 24-23.

The Cadets got within a possession early in the fourth quarter before several deft passes from the Comets gave them the distance to finish the game unthreatened.

Rachel Chambers hit a cutting Fiser in the lane for a half-court layup to put the Comets up by 7 (34-27). Then on the next two possessions, Bilharz assisted Connell in the post before hitting a 3-point shot to put Charles
City up by 10 (39-29) with 4:45 left in regulation.

Sophomore guard Lydia Staudt, who came into the game as the Comets’ leading scorer, was held to 6 but her 4th, 5th and 6th points all at once from beyond the arc put Charles City up by 12 with a little more than two minutes left.

Junior Jenny Wilholm had a game-high 14 for the Cadets (0-11).

* In the previous junior varsity game, Charles City held Iowa Falls-Alden to 4 first-half points on way to leading 16-4 by intermission. But the Cadets looked poised to turn the tables in the second half while scoring the first 5 points.
Yet that proved to be the final 5 points of the game for Iowa Falls-Alden as the Comets again clamped down defensively on way to a 32-9 victory.

Sadie Gebel scored a game-high 15 points for the Comets.

Both the Charles City varsity and junior varsity girls teams, as well as those from the Comet boys program, will be back in action on Tuesday at part of a home “quadrupleheader” against Northeast Iowa Conference rival New Hampton.

Scoring By Quarters

IFA 5 11 11 6 — 33
CC 10 13 9 14 — 46
Individual Scoring
IOWA FALLS-ALDEN — Jenny Wibholm 14, Marlee Lancaster 2, Hailey Bridgewater 5, Cailin Reimer 6, Emma Harding 6
CHARLES CITY — Lynn Hoeft 5, Dani Stock 8, Rachel Chambers 4, Lydia Staudt 6, Liz Fiser 8, Mackenzy Bilharz 7, Lauren Connell 8