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.