When Grand Ledge found itself down four to DeWitt in the second quarter, it turned up its play to put the Panthers away on their own floor.
The Comets used an 11-0 run to pull ahead and outscored DeWitt 42-23 after the first quarter to win 51-34 in a nonleague game on Tuesday night.
“The girls wanted to go out and prove tonight they could go out and compete with one of the better teams and DeWitt’s a great team, so we’re very pleased that we were able to go out and do that,” Grand Ledge coach Dave Jones said. “I think it was our composure and the way they played together as a team.”
Three Grand Ledge players scored in double figures, led by junior guard Hannah Orwat with 17 points.
Junior Lindsay Orwat added 15 points for the Comets, while junior forward Codie Drake contributed 14.
Grand Ledge (4-1) came into the second half with a six-point lead, extended it to eight after three quarters and outscored DeWitt 12-3 in the final period.
“The first quarter I thought both teams were kind of exchanging blows back and forth and it was a good solid quarter, I thought, both ways,” DeWitt coach Bill McCullen said. “We needed to come out with a lot of energy and enthusiasm in the second half and I just didn’t feel like we got the type of effort that we needed defensively today, but you’ve got to give (Grand Ledge) credit. They shot the ball well.”
The Comets kept getting stronger as the game went along and played efficiently throughout, getting baskets in transition, slicing through DeWitt’s press for layups and working well in the half court with Hannah and Lindsay Orwat running the offense.
“It really kind of stems back from, ironically, our first game when we lost to Portland,” Jones said. “We looked back on that and there was really a fundamental shift on how we approached our team the rest of the way. Since that moment we’ve really bought in to that disciplined, half-court, team-oriented basketball and it’s something we’re going to keep on working on.”
Hannah Orwat said it was a big win for the Comets.
“We had a tough loss against Portland, so this was a big win for us,” Orwat said. “We had it circled on our calendar with a big star. We knew we had to set the tone for the year and this was really a game to show how much we’ve improved as a team.”
Sophomore guard Claudia Reid and senior center Kaylee Schmitt each finished with seven points to lead DeWitt (3-1).