Comets fall to Pickerington Central Tigers 62-48 in OHSAA state semifinals

Bryan Hudnell | Staff Writer

The season is over for the Mason Comets after falling to the Pickerington Central Tigers 62-48 in the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Semifinals at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus Friday night.

The Tigers put up an impressive defensive effort — forcing the Comets to shoot 26.5 percent from the field and 22.2 percent from beyond the arc. Head coach Rob Matula said Pickerington Central did an impressive job making things difficult for the Comets.

“We have to give credit where credit is due,” Matula said. “We had an opportunity at the beginning of the game to make some free throws, make some layups, try to get a little bit of  momentum on our side. Our kids know that wasn’t our best showing. It wasn’t because of effort and caring, it was just the way the game goes sometimes.”

With the season coming to an end, Matula emphasized the character of his team and his eagerness to coach this year’s team.

“I told them in the locker room that, in the 30 years I have been lucky enough to coach and teach this group, this is by far the best group of kids that you would want to represent your school and community,” Matula said. “It was enjoyable every day.”

Senior forward Ti Fulton is one of five Mason seniors and will cherish the friendships formed during her time wearing the green and white.

“I formed bonds with each and every one of them that nobody will ever be able to replace,” Fulton said. “I think that’s my most favorite part. Being a part of the basketball team, you are surrounding yourself with great people on and off the court.”

Junior forward Sammie Puisis was the leading scorer for the Comets with 14 points. Fulton had 11 points and sophomore guard Megan Wagner scored 8. Puisis will be returning for her senior season next year and will look to carry over her experience she gained this year into next year’s team.  

“I’m looking forward to it” Puisis said. “This year was definitely one of the best years I’ve had so far but I’ll have one more year to hopefully get back here.”

Mason’s postseason run had some exciting moments including a 54-51 thriller against Greater Miami Conference rival Lakota West at Trent Arena Saturday, March 10. Matula said this year’s team has a lot to be proud of.

“The way they represented their community and their school — it was fun to watch the excitement,” Matula said.

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Photos by Staff Photographer Tanner Pearson.