After dropping its first game of the season, Grand Ledge has reeled off five straight wins. The latest came on Friday night as the Comets defeated Okemos, 56-33.
With more height and a quicker style of play, Grand Ledge (5-1) was able to jump all over its CAAC Blue rivals. The Comets led Okemos (3-2) by as many as 31 points in the game.
“I’m just really pleased with the way we’re competing right now,” said Grand Ledge coach Dave Jones. “We feel like we can go out and play with anyone.”
Following a loss to Portland in its first game, Grand Ledge has defeated Howell, Grandville, Sexton, DeWitt and now Okemos. All five of those wins have been by double-digits.
Since the opening loss, Jones has stressed getting the ball to the inside.
“We’re trying to establish a low-post presence,” Jones said. “I think that opens thing up for other players as the game goes on.”
On Friday, it opened things up for junior guard Lindsay Orwat. Despite playing sparingly in the fourth quarter, she finished the game with 15 points.
Orwat was part of a balanced scoring effort from Grand Ledge. There were nine different Comets who scored on Friday.
“We worked together and put emphasis on the team,” Orwat said. “We talk about how assists are more important than points.”
Grand Ledge trailed briefly in the game when Okemos scored the first basket. After that, it was all Comets for the rest of the night.
“In the first half, they were a little more aggressive than we were, and that took us by surprise a little bit,” said Okemos coach Tyler Hursey.
The Chiefs managed to stay within striking distance early due to 10 first half points from senior Kaylee Gonzales. However, the Comets locked down defensively on her after halftime and held her scoreless over the final two quarters.
Grand Ledge will attempt to win its sixth in a row at Jackson next Friday, while Okemos will host Sexton.