Grand Ledge coach Scott Lewis challenged his players in the huddle after the third quarter ended and the Comets had watched a 15-point halftime lead slip to just five.
They answered with a run to put the game away.
Grand Ledge came out and scored the first 11 points of the fourth quarter and St. Johns was held without a basket for almost four and a half minutes in the final period as the Comets held on to win, 39-27, over the Redwings in a nonleague game on Tuesday.
“We always tell them the third quarter is the most important quarter of basketball and we came out and we laid an egg,” Lewis said.
“We got into them a little bit after the W because we’ve got high expectations for this team and if we are going to do what we want to do we can’t take quarters off and it was just energy and enthusiasm that we didn’t have.”
Grand Ledge played with passion in the first half, excelling on both the offensive and defensive ends to stifle St. Johns.
The Comets held the Redwings to just two points in the first quarter and then used fast break opportunities to put up 16 points in the second quarter on their way to a 26-11 halftime advantage.
Senior guard Zack Artibee had all 11 of his points in the first half to lead the Comets in scoring.
St. Johns sophomore Austin Ervin almost single-handedly brought the Redwings back with 10 of St. Johns’ 12 points in the third quarter.
Ervin, who finished with 14 points, battered the Comets on the offensive glass and showed some nifty post moves to get close-range baskets.
“When he gets going, he’s a horse,” St. Johns coach Denny Baratono said.
Sophomore guard Cassell Jones opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer for Grand Ledge and a layup by sophomore guard J.T. Houghton bumped the lead back up to 10 points after the Redwings had fought for a whole quarter to reduce it.
Senior Albert Christensen added 10 points for Grand Ledge in the win.