By John Burbridge email@example.com
NEW HAMPTON — Playing for the second straight game without the services of 6-foot-7 junior Bradley Andrews, the Charles City Comets managed to battle back from a 9-point deficit to finally take their first lead of the game in the fourth quarter on way to defeating New Hampton, 69-62, in Northeast Iowa Conference boys basketball action on Tuesday.
For the Comets, it was their fourth-straight victory improving their record to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the NEIC. It also completed a regular-season sweep of the Chickasaws — Charles City defeated NH 58-56 on Dec. 18.
Through three quarters, the Chickasaws employed a semi-effective inside-outside attack while taking a 48-41 lead going in the final eight minutes of regulation.
Charles City cut the lead to 1 (48-47) on a 3-point basket by sophomore JJ Ritter. Soon after, Comet senior Jack Molstead seized a long rebound from a New Hampton missed shot and pushed the ball up the court before lobbing an assist to a since-released Ritter for a layup to give the Comets their first lead (49-48) with 6:06 remaining.
Charles City went on score 28 points in the fourth quarter while holding New Hampton to 14 for the margin of victory.
After a modest start, Molstead heated up in the second half mixing in 3-point shots and successful drives to the basket to lead all scorers with 27 points.
Ritter scored 15, and junior Tait Arndt — who has been taking up the slack in the post due to Andrews’ absence — scored 8 of his 9 points in the first half to keep the Comets close.
Dillon Roberson scored 16 points to lead New Hampton (5-7, 1-4).
* Earlier in the girls varsity game of the NEIC doubleheader, New Hampton managed to pull away in the second half to defeat Charles City 56-26.
Chickasaw post players Madeline Moorman and Hope McDonald scored 22 and 14 points, respectively, with a lot of help from nifty interior passing from their guard teammates.
New Hampton improved to 8-4 and 3-3.
Lynn Hoeft, Jodie Sindlinger and Lydia Staudt each scored 6 points for the Comets (0-11, 0-6).
NEW HAMPTON 56,
CHARLES CITY 26
Scoring By Quarters
CC 7 7 10 2 — 26
NH 5 17 18 16 — 56
CHARLES CITY — Lynn Hoeft 6, Lydia Staudt 6, Mackenzy Bilharz 2, Kara Hoffman 3, Lisabeth Fiser 1, Ashlyn Hoeft 2, Jodie Sindlinger 6.
NEW HAMPTON — Sydney Wegner 2, Paige Wisner 2, Lauren Frerichs 7, Alexa Wemark 7, Hope McDonald 14, Madeline Moorman 22, Kaylee Eggerichs 2.
CHARLES CITY 69, NEW HAMPTON 62
Scoring By Quarters
CC 11 18 12 28 — 69
NH 14 16 17 14 — 62
CHARLES CITY — Tait Arndt 9, Marcus Cranshaw 8, Jack Molstead 27, JJ Ritter 15, Colton Slinger 3, Cael Ruzicka 5, De’Ontaye Hoefer 2.
NEW HAMPTON — Nolan Howard 2, Austing Flugum 8, Conner Rochford 13, Tristan Sweitzer 12, Dillon Roberson 16, Drake Wemark 9, Noah Fenske 2.