On Tuesday, the Chanute Blue Comets opened their girls’ basketball season against the Caney Bullpups. Chanute won the game 49-37 behind senior Kori Babcock’s 25 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 6 steals. The Bullpups were led by sophomore Saige Scott’s 15 points and 4 rebounds.
“[We] brought the intensity and we were able to force some turnovers that got us some easy buckets and when we were in the half court, the ball didn’t stick. It moved from one person to the next, one side to the next, inside and out, and we got great looks,” Chanute’s head coach Dustin Fox said, “Kori hit some big threes, [Brianna Waggoner] hit some big threes, had some great looks inside, and when the offense is clicking like that, it’s pretty fun.”
Waggoner finished the contest with 6 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, and 1 steal.
Chanute started the game off well. Leading 14-6 after the first quarter. Then for whatever reason they fell apart in the second. They began settling for ok shots instead of forcing great ones and they saw Caney take the 20-16 rebound advantage. The Bullpups lead 20-16 at the half.
The Blue Comets turned it around and came out guns blazing in the third quarter. They outscored the Bullpups 26-6 in the second quarter. This quarter was when Babcock really started to heat up, playing effective defense and hitting her shots. The Comets cooled a little but kept the lead intact to win 46-37.
“We started off the game really well, hit some shots and got the ball moving. That was good to see early. We kind of had a big lull in the second quarter,” Fox said, “The ball didn’t quite move as much and we, maybe, settled for some shots and didn’t play with the energy defensively that we needed to, to get some steals and transition, but man that third quarter we were so good. I loved the intensity in the third quarter. I love the way that we responded to that adversity and I thought defensively we created a lot of opportunities for ourselves on the offensive end, moved the ball, and got shots in rhythm.”
This marked the first game in the COVID-19 era of Chanute basketball. Everyone has had to adapt to the circumstances brought on by the virus, including the Comets who played their first game in the absence of fans.
“I thought our bench was amazing with the energy they brought and the girls said they couldn’t really tell a difference except for when they go check into the game and look over and see.”