By John Burbridge email@example.com
CHARLES CITY — The thing that has consistently plagued the Charles City Comets girls basketball team is full-court pressure.
But against New Hampton on Tuesday to open their Northeast Iowa Conference schedule at home, the Comets not only were able to escape the pressure, but attack it while scoring in transition.
After taking a 10-5 lead through the first quarter, the Chickasaws rolled out the press and the Comets promptly made them pay while scoring a season-high 21 points in a quarter while staying within striking distance going into halftime.
But in the second half, New Hampton was able to take advantage of turnovers and second-chance points to pull away, 60-40.
Madeline Moorman led all scorers with 16 points for New Hampton, which improved to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the NEIC. Alexa Wemark scored 15, and returning all-conference player Lauren Frerichs added 12 points for the Chickasaws.
Charles City freshman guard Lydia Staudt scored a career-high 9 points to match senior Jodie Sindlinger for team top scoring honors.
Staudt was one of main catalysts in breaking the Chickasaws’ press, and even finished several times in the open court in the face of much bigger defenders.
The Comets (0-3, 0-1) will be back in action on Friday when they host Class 3A No. 11-ranked Crestwood.
* In the junior varsity game played earlier that evening, Charles City freshman Rachel Chambers banked in a 3-pointer from 25 feet out as time expired to give the Comet JV a 30-29 victory — the team’s first win of the season.
Chambers also served as an effective press breaker in the subsequent varsity game where she scored 6 points and had two steals.
NEW HAMPTON 60, CHARLES CITY 40
Scoring By Quarters
NEW HAMPTON 10 23 14 13 — 60
CHARLES CITY 5 21 6 8 — 40
NEW HAMPTON — Paige Wisner 6, Lauren Frerichs 12, Alexa Wemark 15, Hope McDonald 7, Madeline Moorman 16, Kaylee Eggerichs 4.
CHARLES CITY — Lynn Hoeft 3, Lydia Staudt 9, Rachel Chambers 6, Kara Hoffman 6, Olyvia Zuspan 2, Ashlyn Hoeft 4, Jodie Sindlinger 9, Lauren Connell 2.