Category: Girls Basketball

Comets News · Lady Comets Smother Homer 37-19

The Hanover-Horton girls basketball team defeated Homer 37-19 Friday night for the first win of the season. The Comets are now 1-1 on the season and play at Jonesville on Tuesday. The Comets were led by Kenadee Krage with 12 points, Kelsey DeForest with 10 and Liv Watkins with 8. The Trojans couldn’t solve the Comets defense as Homer went scoreless in the 1st quarter and finished the first half with only 7 points.

The JV Comets fell to to the Trojans 33-26

Comets News · Brinna Melling Signs With Concordia University

Brinna Melling signed a letter of intent to play college basketball with Concordia University in Ann Arbor on Tuesday afternoon. Melling had eclipsed the 1000 point mark this past season becoming the 3rd girl in school history to do so.

Comets News · Lady Comets Come Up Short

The Hanover-Horton Comets girls basketball team picked a poor night to have a bad shooting game as the Comets lost in the district semi-finals to 20-2 Springport 53-45. The Comets finish the season at 14-7.

Haileigh Powell opened the scoring with a 3-point shot from the corner but Springport went on a 10 point run to take a 10-3 lead half way thru the 1st quarter, The Comets went on their own run of 13 points and held a 16-10 lead midway into the 2nd quarter. The Comets then had trouble making shots as Springport caught up and took a 7 point lead into halftime.

The Spartans maintained their edge for the 2nd half increasing their lead to 13 at times. The Comets cut the lead to 7 with just over two minutes remaining but missed two open shots on consecutive trips. Springport sealed the game at the free throw line.

The Comets were led in scoring by Powell with 16, Brinna Melling had 10, Kristen Thompson 7, Brecquel Kilgore and Kaylie Cox each had 5, and Kenadee Krage scored 2.

Six seniors played in their last game as Kaylie Cox, Haileigh Powell, Brinna Melling, Kristen Thompson, Brecquel Kilgore, and Emily Kughn will be missed. 

Comets News · Girls Beat EJ, Finish Regular Season at 14-6

The Hanover-Horton girls basketball team finished their 2018-2019 season with a dominate 67-38 victory over East Jackson. The win gave the Comets a 9-5 conference record and will either finish in 3rd or 4th place based on Manchester’s last game. The Comets will play districts Wednesday at 7:00 at Springport.

The Lady Comets started a little slow but scored the last 6 points of the 1st quarter to take a 14-9 advantage. The Comets defensive press forced many turnovers in the 2nd quarter and the Comets took a commanding 33-14 lead into halftime. Every Lady scored for the Comets and were led by Brinna Melling with 18 points. Haileigh Powell added 12, Kaylie Cox had 8, Kristen Thompson 7, Kenadee Krage 5, Emily Kughn 4, Kennedy Wagner and Searah Bowker 3 and Abby Beneke 2 points.

The JV Comets also finished their season with a victory over the Trojans, 41-27, The JV finished the season at 12-6


Comets News · Lady Comets Fall to Western

The Hanover-Horton Comets girls basketball team closed out their 2019 home games against a tough Western team and fell 55-48. Western opened the game making shots and taking a 12-7 1st quarter advantage. The Panthers opened up a 12 point lead in the 2nd quarter only to have the Comets close to 5 at half. The 3rd quarter saw the Comets take control of the game as Haileigh Powell had 11 of her game high 24 in the 3rd. The Panthers fought back in the 4th and the game was tied with less than 2-minutes remaining when the Panthers took advantage of a pair of Comets turnovers and opened up a 5-point lead that the Comets could never eclipse.

Playing their last home game was a tremendous senior class that included Powell, Brinna Melling who scored 14, Kristen Thompson who had 6, Kaylie Cox and Emily Kughn, who each scored 2 points.

The Comets are 13-6 on the season and finish the regular season Thursday at East Jackson before preparing for district play at Springport next Wednesday.

The JV Comets also fell to the Panthers 56-40.

Comets News · Lady Comets Fall to Warriors

The Hanover-Horton Lady Comets couldn’t get the big basket to fall against 16-1 Grass Lake Friday night. The Warriors opened up a 7-point lead early on the Comets. Hanover-Horton settled down in the 2nd quarter but still found themselves down 10 at half. Every time the Comets looked to make a run in the third, Grass Lake would make a play and stretched the lead to 14 at the end of the 3rd. The 4th saw the Comets cut the lead twice to seven and have opportunities to cut into even more, but the ball just wouldn’t fall as the Warriors pulled away late winning 47-33.

Both teams played tough defense and only four players on each team got into the scoring column. The 13-5 Comets were led by Haileigh Powell with 16, Brinna Melling with 12, Kenadee Krage had 3, and Kristen Thompson 2.  The Comets made 10 field goals in total, five of them 3-pointers. There were many times the ball seemed to be going in only to pop out again.

Hanover-Horton will have the final home game of the season on Tuesday against Parma Western. The Comets will close the regular season Thursday at East Jackson.

The JV team defeated Grass Lake 46-32.

Comets News · Lady Comets Move to 13-4 With Napoleon Victory

The Hanover-Horton girls basketball team defeated Napoleon 54-31 Wednesday night to move to 13-4 on the season and 8-4 in Cascades Conference play. The Lady Comets started off struggling from the floor but played tight enough defense to stay in control most of the way. The Comets led 14-6 after the 1st quarter. Brinna Melling made consecutive 3-point shots and Kenadee Krage added 4 points to contribute to the Comets advantage. The Comets made enough shots in the 2nd quarter to take a 27-14 lead at the break. The Comets came out in the second half finding their range better and cutting down on turnovers to open up a 20 point plus lead. The ladies ended up making 33% of their shots after the poor start.

Melling led the Comets with 15 points. Haileigh Powell and Kaylie Cox each had 7, Kristen Thompson, Kenadee Krage and Abby Beneke scored 6, Searah Bowker had 3, Kennedy Wagner and Ella Cure each had 2 points for the Comets.

The Comets complete the three home game week Friday as they face #10 ranked Grass Lake.

The JV team behind 17 points from Kelsey DeForest and 13 points from Emily Smith defeated the Pirates 39-31.

Comets News · Brinna Melling Scores 1000 Career Points; Comets Roll

On a night of achievements for Hanover-Horton Comets basketball, Brinna Melling became the 3rd girls in school history to eclipse 1000 career points in the 3rd quarter Monday night against East Jackson. Melling needed 8 points coming into the game and scored 7 in the first half. She finished with a team high 19 points.

The Comets came out strong by moving the ball well and finding open players for easy baskets. The entire roster contributed as the Comets held a 16 point lead at half. East Jackson stayed within shouting distance until the fourth quarter, when the Comets scored 22 of their 29 quarter points in 3 and a half minutes. The Comets won the game going away at 84-44.

Besides Melling’s career mark, Abby Beneke scored a career high 15 points and Emily Kughn also had a career high 9 points. Haileigh Powell added 16, Kenadee Krage 7, Kaylie Cox 6, Kristen Thompson 5, Searah Bowker 4, and Kennedy Wagner 3 points.

The JV lady Comets also were victorious with a 47-22 win

The 12-4 (7-4 in conference play) ladies play at home again  this Wednesday against Napoleon and Friday against Grass Lake.

Comets News · Lady Comets Roll Past Jayhawks

Vandercook Lake scored the first 6 points Friday afternoon, but the Hanover-Horton Comets stormed past them 59-32, as Brinna Melling scored 16 of her game high 18 points in the first half. Kaylie Cox and Haileigh Powell each added 11 points. The Comets held the Jayhawks to 2 second quarter points taking a 16 point lead into half and were never threatened from there. Also contributing to the score was Abby Beneke with 7 points, Kenadee Krage with 5, Kristen Thompson 4, Searah Bowker 2, and Kennedy Wagner 1 point.

With the victory, the Comets move to10-4 on the season and 6-4 in conference play.The JV did not have a game as Vandercook has dropped JV basketball this season.

Brinna Melling needs 8 points to reach 1000 for her career. The Comets are home Monday against East Jackson.  

Comets News · Lady Comets Stun Dutch, Men Roll

Snowfest 2019 Hanover-Horton saw all four high school basketball teams playing Manchester, in a full gym. This was the first time Hanover-Horton had hosted a quadruple header.

The day started early with the boys JV team playing in the middle school and beating Manchester  50-20. Carson Sanders had 15 points for the Comets.

The JV Lady Comets opened the triple header in the high school gym. The Comets hung tough but fell to the Lady Dutch JV 42-36. Emily Smith had 11 points for the Comets.

The varsity Lady Comets had a tough task playing a Manchester team that was 9-3 and had handled the Comets earlier in the season. The Comets came storming out of the gate as Brinna Melling scored 8 points and Kristen Thompson 9 in the 1st quarter to help the Comets to a 21-7 advantage. The shots didn’t fall in the 2nd quarter as the Comets were only able to get a Kaylie Cox put-back but still held a 23-18 halftime advantage.

The game seesawed back and forth in the 3rd and early 4th quarters with the Comets holding a 1 to 6 point advantage. With the Comets up 4, with less than 2 minutes remaining, Kenadee Krage stole the ball and fed a streaking Melling to go up 6. The Comets held on as Melling hit two critical free throws and the Comets moved to 10-4 on the year and 5-4 in conference play with a 48-45 victory.

Melling paced the Comets with 21 points connecting on all 8 of her free throws. Brinna is now 26 points shy of 1000. Thompson had 11, Haileigh Powell and Krage each had 6 and Cox finished with 4. The Ladies played exceptional defense and moved the ball as well as they have at any time this season.  The Comets are one game behind Manchester for 3rd place., with Manchester facing Michigan Center in their next game.

The Lady Comets are home next Wednesday to face East Jackson before visiting Vandercook on Friday for a 4:15 varsity only start.

The boys game started similar to the girls, with the Comets racing out to a big 22-6 1st quarter advantage. The Comets though, never allowed the Dutch to get back in the game winning 78 to 37. All nine Comets who dressed scored. Jack Brockie and Luc Laketa led the Comets with 19 points each. Trent Finegan scored 10, Rhett Laketa had 9, Bryce Sanders scored 6, Damon Preston, Jeremy VanEpps, and Matt Johnson each scored 4 while Mitch Sauber added 3.

The Comets made 10 3-point shots and Luc Laketa was 7/8 from the floor. Brockie finished 8/12 from the floor including going 5/5 from inside the arc.

The Comets moved to 14-1 on the season and 10-0 in conference play. The will play at Vandercook Lake on Monday in a weather make-up game before playing at Grass Lake on Thursday.