On Friday, the Chanute Blue Comets’ girls basketball team played the Field Kindley Golden Tornado. Chanute took the 60-44 win behind a triple-double from senior Kori Babcock. She finished with 29 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 steals.
“Really, [Babcock] just controlled the game offensively and defensively. We were playing a little shorthanded tonight and trying to figure out how all of those different pieces were going to fit together, being as shorthanded as we were,” Chanute;s head coach Dustin Fox said, “Kori did what great players do and she stepped up and really carried us through large stretches of that game as we were kind of figuring it out. She’s a special kid and special kids put up special lines.”
Defensively, the Comets came to play. They put Field Kindley in foul trouble quickly as well as forcing a ton of turnovers. However, Chanute struggled with capitalizing on their opportunities and only led 12-11 at the quarter. Babcock had 11 points and 7 steals in the period.
“I think the biggest thing is [Babcock] was able to break down the defense and when she does that, she creates a lot of opportunities for her teammates and herself. If she’s not getting to the rim or to the paint, she’s bringing two other defenders to her and she’s able to find open people,” Fox said, “Honestly if we made some of the shots we should have made, she may have had a quadruple-double. Assists were only lacking not because she didn’t make the play, but we just didn’t finish it off there, especially in the first half.”
Babcock put up 12 in the second quarter, along with crossing the 10 steal mark. Adyson Peck led Coffeyville in the first half with 11 points. Peck would end the game with a double-double, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The Blue Comets held a 28-25 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Chanute’s shot started to fall. They got out to a lead and never looked back, making three three-pointers along the way, to win 60-44. Two of those threes were made by sophomore Tyra Bogle.
“I thought [Bogle] stepped up big in the second half. It was great to see her make some threes and play a little more aggressively. She’s a kid we’re really going to need, especially with Mattilyn [Cranor] out. We need somebody else to step up and score.”