Shooting for the Stars: Comets Go Down as Lady Thunder Pullout an MIAA Upset

In a game that featured nine lead changes, Trine (10-9, 4-6 MIAA) sweated out a 50-47 upset against Alma (12-7, 7-3 MIAA) behind the styling of forwards Sydney Spragg (16 points, 4 rebounds) and Haley Killingbeck (15 points).

Olivet got the game started with a jumper, but the Lady Thunder had a brief lead 6-5 four minutes in after a Killingbeck jumper. The Comets got the lead back to four but the game was tied at 11 after Killingbeck nailed a three after an offensive rebound from forward Lauren Tait.

After missed shots and rebounds galore, the game was deadlocked at 18 after a rebound and three from Comet Chelsea Ciba with 5 minutes remaining in the first. Trine went on a scoring binge in the last 90 seconds of the half and ended up with a 26-21 halftime lead after three different Lady Thunder players hit a basket.

The lead disappeared just as quickly in the second half for Trine, as SoQuitta DeShazor hit a layup and two free throws before a Stefanie Lang three gave the Comets a 28-27 lead. A Spragg three to counter a Syndey Radde jumper tied the lead at 30. Trine then began to give itself a little cushion, as back to back threes for Spragg swished in. Guard Megan Loveberry and forward Lauren Tait both made a layup and all of the sudden Trine stood on top of the Comets 45-36 with less than seven minutes left.

Two offensive rebounds and a layup by Stefanie Lang sparked a Comet comeback. A 9-2 Olivet run cut the lead to 47-45 with 3:31 remaining. The Lady Thunder failed to hit a shot from the field in the last four and a half minutes to end the game, relying on their defensive effort to close the game. Olivet got within one, 48-47, after two Kelsey Campbell free throws, but guard Kelsey Henselmeier put Trine up by three after being fouled in the final minute. The last Comet possession after a timeout led to subsequent desperation failed three point attempts for Olivet, and the Lady Thunder won a big game on the road, 50-47.

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