The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Local Sports

December 8, 2012

Comets' comeback beats Irish girls

CLINTON — Her team trailing by 10 points midway through the third quarter, Bellevue’s Kelsey Ernst decided she had seen enough.

Playing the way one would expect an all-state senior to play, Ernst took over and almost single-handedly put the Comets on top. Then, she had plenty of help after that as the Comets pulled away to beat Prince of Peace 57-42 in the opener of a Big East Conference girls-boys basketball doubleheader Friday night at Central Catholic Auditorium.

The Irish, who had taken a 28-26 lead into halftime when Karli Atkinson (11 points) hit a rebound follow shot with a minute left in the second quarter, opened the second half with eight consecutive points. Maggie Schnier hit a pair of free throws, Julia Isenhour added a rebound follow basket, Lauren Pittman scored a transition layup off a long outlet pass from Isenhour and Atkinson made a pair of free throws for a 36-26 lead with 5:38 remaining in the third quarter.

“We were up by 10 and started taking bad shots,” Prince of Peace coach Maggie Furlong said.

“They got up and I decided we can’t get in a hole against them; we play a lot of head games when we get behind,” Ernst, a 5-foot-10 forward, said. “I had to suck it up.”

Bellevue coach Tim Roth said: “They went up 10 and we called a timeout and went back to a man defense and got a couple of defensive stops. We got Kelsey the ball, and she scored.”

Ernst started Bellevue’s comeback with a three-point play, hitting a follow shot and adding a free throw with 4:02 remaining. Fouled on an inbound play, she hit 1 of 2 free throws to cut the gap to 36-32 with 3:32 left. After a Prince of Peace turnover, Ernst scored from the block to cut the gap to four, then her outlet pass led to a layup by Mariah Steines to make it 36-34 with 1:25 left. Ernst assisted again, finding Carly Rubel on a break down the lane to make it a two-point game, then Nicole Beckley scored in transition to tie it at 38 with 28 seconds left in the quarter.

That’s how the third quarter ended, but Bellevue didn’t stop there.

“They started scoring and we froze up a bit — some of that was from a lack of experience,” Furlong said. “You’ve got to credit them, too. They were down 10 and turned the game around that fast.”

Ernst, who led all scorers with 18 points, scored on a baseline cut to the basket just 11 seconds into the fourth quarter, putting Bellevue ahead to stay at 40-38.

The Comets, playing at least until January without all-conference guard Allison Reeg (knee), suffered a scare when Ernst took a hip check and hobbled to the bench moments later.

Helped when the Irish hit just 1 of 4 free-throw attempts, in a one-minute span, the Comets didn’t fold without Ernst. Steines, who finished with 15 points, banked in a 15-footer from the left wing, then Rubel found Rachel Kilburg alone under the basket as Bellevue built its lead to 44-39 with 4:19 left in the game.

“I was so excited; they kept pushing themselves,” Ernst said of her teammates.

Steines dropped in a 3-pointer for a 47-39 lead, then Rubel scored inside to extend the advantage to 10 with 2:59 left. The Comets added six more points — including two free throws and a basket by Steines — before Prince of Peace ended its drought. The end came too late for the Irish to recover, however.

BELLEVUE 57, PRINCE OF PEACE 42

BELLEVUE (2-2, 2-1) — Rachel Kilburg 1 0-0 2, Lexee Sullivan 3 0-0 6, Mariah Steines 6 2-2 15, Kelsey Ernst 6 6-7 18, Tessa Fahey 0 0-0 0, Alicia Urbain 0 0-0 0, Nicole Beckley 3 0-0 8, Carly Rubel 3 2-2 8. Totals 22 10-12 57.

PRINCE OF PEACE (2-4, 1-2) — Jackie Kokjohn 0 0-0 0, Andrea Aquilani 1 0-0 3, Megan Mulholland 3 1-3 8, Karli Atkinson 4 2-4 11, Maggie Schnier 2 3-4 7, Sydney Laufenberg 0 0-0 0, Halee Vicks 0 0-0 0, Julia Isenhour 3 3-6 9, Lauren Pittman 1 2-2 4. Totals 14 11-20 42.

Bellevue    10    16    12    19    —    57

Prince of Peace    11    17    10    4    —    42

3-point goals — Bellevue 3 (Beckley 2, Steines); Prince of Peace 3 (Aquilani, Mulholland, Atkinson). Total fouls — Bellevue 13, Prince of Peace 15. Fouled out — None.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • Clinton wins River City Classic title Clinton wins River City Classic title

    Clinton trailed Davenport North by two points with 10 seconds left in the championship game of the River City Classic on Saturday afternoon, but sophomore Brady Ernst came to the River Kings’ rescue.

    December 3, 2012 1 Photo

  • Clinton has three champions, finishes second

    Clinton had three champions Saturday and finished second as a team at the Dubuque Invitational wrestling tournament.

    December 3, 2012

  • L'Kings offensive drought continues

    Shutout for the second time in two nights Saturday in a 2-0 loss to South Bend, the Clinton LumberKings' offense was limited again Sunday, managing just one run in a 4-1 Midwest League baseball loss to the Silver Hawks at Ashford University Field.

    July 28, 2014

  • River Kings find a way to advance

    Held hitless for seven innings, Clinton managed to send the game into extra innings, then scored twice in the eighth inning and defeated Dubuque Senior 3-2 on Friday in the first round of the Iowa Class 4A Substate 3 baseball tournament.

    July 19, 2014

  • Summer Nationals has great start at Cordova

    Opening night went well Friday at the IHRA Summer Nationals Nitro Jam at Cordova Dragway Park

    July 19, 2014

  • caldwell1.jpg Caldwell brothers play in 4 state tournaments

    Before this academic year, only one Clinton student-athlete had reached the feat of playing in four state tournaments. Since then, though, three more have joined the list.

    July 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Softball: Indians' upset bid falls short

    Top-ranked Benton Community denied Camanche's early scoring chances and defeated the Indians 1-0 on Friday in the Iowa Class 3A Region 6 softball semifinals.

    July 12, 2014

  • JUST IN: Tubbs commits to Drake volleyball program

    Elle Tubbs has a couple of years left to don a Clinton volleyball jersey, but on Saturday, she mapped out the next stop of her playing career.

    July 5, 2014

  • Baseball roundup: River Kings split with North

    Clinton rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and defeated Davenport North 3-2 in the first game of a baseball doubleheader Thursday. North came back to win Game 2 5-2.

    July 5, 2014

  • Softball roundup: Indians win in 11th

    Camanche scored a run in the bottom of the 11th inning Thursday to beat West Branch 9-8 in River Valley Conference softball.

    July 5, 2014

Front page
Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

Poll

What are your plans for the weekend?

Enjoying the outdoors
Staying in out of the heat
Traveling
Other
     View Results
AP Video
Olympics 2014
Featured Comment
Featured Ads
Blue Zones Project
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.