The 2017-18 Grand Ledge varsity girls’ basketball team had a successful debut in its season opener, beating the Portland Raiders 52-29 at home on Tuesday, November 28th.
Leading by only one at the half the Comets raced past the Raiders with an impressive effort at both ends of the court in the third quarter. Grand Ledge outscored the visitors 19-5 in the third to push a 18-17 halftime edge to a 37-22 lead heading to the fourth quarter.
It was more of the same in the final stanza for GL as the Comets rained down five triples in the second half and never looked back.
Mackenzie Todd led the way with 16 points, four assists and two steals while Maddie McKinley had nine GL points, all coming from beyond the arch. Tilly Guild came off the bench and gave the Comets a lift with eight points and led the team in rebounds with seven while Courtney Saarland totaled 8 points and grabbed five boards to go with one block.
“After a couple of halftime adjustments and putting on a more aggressive press it allowed us to extend our lead in the third,” said Beth Perez, who was making her debut as the Comets head varsity coach. “Hitting the three’s in the second half helped and once we gook command we never looked back.”
The Comets held a 10-4 lead after one period of play but the Raiders rallied in the second frame to cut the lead to 18-17 at the break.
“Mackenzie did a great job leading our team offensive but also vocally as well,” Perez said.
Grand Ledge is back in action with another non-league tilt on Thursday, November 30th against the always strong DeWitt Panthers. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. The Comet Freshman will battle DeWitt at 4:00 with the junior varsity game at 5:30.