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Tribe, Comets split big wins in Couch

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Sports Editor

Sometimes the term "do-it-all player" is overused.

Sometimes it's not.

After her performance against the visiting Alton Lady Comets Jan. 7, it's safe to say that description really does fit Couch's Kim LaBahn.

LaBahn filled so many different roles in the Lady Indians' 58-42 win over Alton in Big Springs Conference play that the Lady Comets must have thought they were seeing double. Or triple.

Later on the night, the Comets put their own jack of all trades, Alex Wiggs, on display, as Alton evened the action by besting the Indians 64-29.

In girls' play, Couch's Kim LaBahn was seemingly everywhere on the court in her squad's 16-point victory.

She led the Lady Indians with a game-high 28-point explosion, the bulk coming inside the paint. She also filled the role of playmaker, dishing out assists from the top of the key. After assuming the duties of defense stopper under Alton's backboard, she then shifted to the out-of-bounds trigger person against the Lady Comets' full court trapping defense, and even helped bring the ball upcourt to break the press.

All this came after LaBahn tossed in the Lady Indians' first six points of the game, helping Couch to a 10-8 advantage after the first period.

The Lady Comets fought back early in the second to grab the lead at 14-12, thanks to a 6-0 run keyed by four points from Adrian Johnson.

This Alton run also signaled a dry spell for the Lady Comets, as Couch went on a 9-2 run the last five minutes of the second to swipe the lead back, 21-16, at the half.

The Lady Comets managed to pull within two points, 29-27, with under three minutes left in the third, as Ashley Combs (nine points) broke free for a trey and layup.

Answering back with a triple by Traci Murdock (six points) and hoop from Sandy LaBahn (11 points), the Lady Indians opened a 34-27 lead after three.

This turned out to be as close to the lead as Alton could get, as there was just too much Kim LaBahn, who tossed in 14 points in the fourth to help the Lady Indians to victory.

Kandi York added eight points for Couch, while Brittny Hanser followed with three, Ashley Hale two, and Tonya Combs one for the Lady Indians.

Amber Treptow paced Alton's attack with 12 points, and Shelli Ellis added six. Savanna Johnson followed with four, and Lauren Hatten three. Chelsey Ellis and Brittany Trevino logged two points apiece for the Lady Comets.

The Comets put the wraps on the evening's activities with a convincing 35-point win over the Indians.

All five Comet starters found the scoring column in the first period as Alton leapt in front 16-2 after the first period.

A hoop by EZ Dahlke (six points) was all Couch could muster against the aggressive Alton defense in the first 10 minutes of play.

Much like LaBahn did in the girls' contest earlier, Alton's Wiggs controlled the flow of the boys' tilt, dishing out behind-the-back assists on the offensive break, and flashing his long arms in the passing lanes for steals on defense. Wiggs posted a game-high 18 points for the Comets.

Outscoring the Indians 24-8 in the second period, the Comets took a 40-10 lead with them to the halftime break.

B.J. Sorrell (eight points) drained a pair of treys in the third, and Adam Combs (five points) added a triple in the frame, but it was not nearly enough as Alton held a comfortable 54-25 margin after three, on their way to a big win.

Logan Simpson, Justin Crews and Bryan Joiner hit for nine points apiece, while Dustin Tackitt added seven for Alton. Michael Crowell, Jacob Alexander and Ben Whitten tossed in three points each, and Ben ALexander tallied two points for the Comets.

Bjorn Wilkerson posted eight points for the Indians, and Kevin Price logged two.

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