Comets roll to 79-15 win over Middies in girls hoop action

Rahul Parikh | Staff Writer

On Wednesday, January 24, the Girls basketball team cruised to a 79-15 victory over the Middletown Middies to improve to 14-3 on the season, and 10-1 in Greater Miami Conference (GMC) play.

The Comets dominated throughout, ending the first quarter up 27-5 and never looking back. Junior Sammie Puisis had a great game, finishing with 23 points on 10-16 shooting, with only 19 minutes played. Puisis said the key to success was staying aggressive throughout the game.

“I think that’s what really motivates our team, being aggressive on both offense and defense, staying active on the boards, and always putting in our complete effort,” Puisis said.

The Comets were outstanding defensively, forcing 18 turnovers, and holding the Middies to 14.3% shooting from the field. Puisis said staying locked in defensively is always important to keeping ahead.

“What really gets us motivated on the defensive side is when we get into our press, get a few steals and easy baskets, and we always want to keep on going,” Puisis said.

Aside from the fast break and the open court, the Comets got the majority of their points down low in the paint, and with inside scoring. Great passers like junior Sade Tucker and sophomore Megan Wagner made it easy for the Comets to find the open player at all points in the game.

Coach Rob Matula said stressing ball movement and unselfishness is a major contributing factor in being able to get easy baskets.

“If we can always make that extra pass and see that extra shot, It just gives us an opportunity to score it better and more efficiently,” Matula said.

Prior to the start of the game, Coach Matula received the game ball commemorating his 300th win earned on December 13 when the Comets knocked off Lakota East. Matula said having the opportunity to coach these Comets past 13 seasons has been a special experience.

“Through all my years of coaching, I feel like this team right now is one of the best I’ve ever been a part of,” Matula said. “As far as sharing the ball, being a good teammate, and loving the game, there is nothing more I could ask from these players.”

Next up is a home match-up with Fairfield on Saturday night, where the Comets hope to move to 16-3 on the season.

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Photos by Staff Photographer Tanner Pearson.