On Friday the Chanute Blue Comets’ girls’ basketball team met up with the Independence Bulldogs. Chanute won the game 51-34 by committee with Mattilyn Cranor scoring 14, Peyton Shields scoring 11, and Kori Babcock scoring 10. Indy saw sophomore Abby Veile drop 11 points with 7 rebounds.
“I thought we were really balanced tonight and when you play with that balance you get really hard to guard, teams have really started trying to take Kori away, pack things in on Kori. She’s such a good playmaker that she’s gonna find other people. Tonight we had some kids step up and make some great plays,” Chanute’s head coach Dustin Fox said, “Tonight I thought Mattilyn did a great job of running the floor and finishing, making some free throws. Peyton stepped up and did some good things getting to the hoop and making some plays for us. Tyra [Bogle] made some big threes down the line. We had kids stepping up and making plays and when you do that you’re hard to guard.”
The night started off slow but after a scoreless minute or two Chanute went on a run leading 17-4 after the first. More of the same came in the 2nd with Chanute controlling a 32-14 lead at halftime. Cranor led the first half with 11 points.
Chanute was able to keep their commanding lead intact in the 2nd half. Indy would get a little run here and there but then the Comets’ defense would buckle back down and slow the Bulldogs down.
“I thought defensively we came out and locked in. The girls were active, we moved our feet well, had our hands active, were able to create some turnovers, and get some easy buckets off of that. Just really made it hard to get going and that let us get a big lead. From there we were able to just survive as they started to hit some shots and things like that we were able to hold them off,” Fox said.