How “Sweet 16” it is

Comets hammer Centerville to capture district title…

Katelyn Cain | Staff Writer

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The girls’ basketball team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back defeating Centerville 57-41 in Saturday’s district finals. With the win the Comets advanced to play in the regional semi-final Tuesday, March 8 agsinst Kettering Fairmont.

The Elks made a couple comebacks but were never able to close the gap, according to head coach Rob Matula.

“We were feeling pretty good because we had a nice lead pretty much the whole game,” Matula said. “At one point, we were leading by 16 points and it was cut to eight, so that was nerve-racking, but I never thought that we were going to lose.”

According to senior point guard Sarah Hunter, this district was a great accomplishment for the team because the team has had a tougher season than two years ago; the last time they won the district finals.

“This season has been harder [than two seasons ago], but we’ve had the best possible team to take it on,” Hunter said. “It feels even better that we’ve made it this far because we’ve worked harder for it.”

According to Hunter, this district win is getting them one step closer to the team’s goal — the final four.

“After the game, I felt so proud that we were actually getting to where we wanted to go, because one of our goals is to make it to the final four,” Hunter said.

Matula said he was proud of his team for achieving such a tremendous accomplishment.

“I’m just proud of the girls,” Matula said. “They’ve worked very hard since the beginning of October to now, and to see that their hard work is paying off, it makes you feel good.”

Matula said that going into the regional finals; he just wants the team to appreciate how far they’ve come.

“I [want them] to enjoy this point and how far they’ve come,” Matula said. “They should understand that it’s only a game, and if we play as well as we’re capable of playing, then we’ll have a chance to win [regionals].”