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Bluejays, Comets slug it out in Big Spring action

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Sports Editor

Guys hitting the deck with pile-driving force.

Thunderous body checks not for the weak of heart.

Players launching themselves like human torpedoes.

Sound like action from the World Wrestling Federation?

Nope. Just another Big Spring Conference battle, the first on the year, between Koshkonong and Alton.

As is usually the case when these two county rivals hook up, the action was most definitely intense, and it appeared the winner would be the last man standing when the Bluejays played host to the Comets Dec. 7.

In the end, Koshkonong dropped its first game of the year, 72-51, despite a valiant battle and third-period rally against the Comets.

Earlier in the evening, the host Lady Bluejays sent the Lady Comets back to Alton with a 63-43 loss in tow.

As it turned out for the Bluejays, there was just too much Justin Crews. Crews tossed in a game-high 23 points for Alton, including five 3-pointers that came at opportune times for the Comets.

Down 40-28 at the half, Koshkonong clipped at Alton's lead in the third period by playing inspired ball instead of folding.

Levi Roark (19 points) came up big for the Bluejays in the frame, striking for seven points.

Koshkonong held Alton to nine points in the third, while scoring 15 themselves, to pull within six, 49-43 after three.

This proved to be as close as the Jays could draw, as the Comets broke free with a 15-2 burst midway in the fourth.

Bryan Joiner (14 points) converted a traditional 3-point play, followed by four straight points from Dustin Tackitt (12 points) inside the paint.

Alex Wiggs (18 points) kicked in with a steal and layup, before Joiner tossed in four more.

When the smoked from this runout cleared, the Comets had managed to post a hard-fought 21-point win that, save for late in the game, was much closer than the score indicated.

Crews got the Comets off on the fast track by jacking three triples in the first period, helping Alton to a big 23-12 lead after one. Shane Waggoner (12 points) tossed in six first-period points for the Bluejays.

Despite the physical inside play, with bodies flying like rag dolls, the second period shaped into an outside-shooting battle between Crews and Koshkonong's Justin Rigel.

Rigel (11 points) canned three treys in the frame, while Crews drained a pair from beyond the arc.

With a 12-point advantage at intermission, things were looking good for the Comets until the Bluejays struck back with a big period right after the half, a rally that came up short of the mark.

Michael Crowell finished with five points for Alton. Logan Simpson followed with two for the Comets.

Chris Davis tallied three for Koshkonong, while Mike Lampley added two.

On the girls' side of things, Koshkonong's Ashley Holesapple had a huge outing for the Lady Jays, having her way inside the lane to the tune of 27 points in her squad's 30-point win.

The first period was a close affair, before the Lady Bluejays grabbed some breathing room to pull away in the second.

Trailing 19-10 late in the first, Shelli Ellis chipped in four straight points to end the frame, pulling Alton within five, 19-14, after one. Ellis paced the Lady Comets with a team-high 16.

The Lady Jays stepped on the gas pedal, thanks to Katy Roark (17 points), in the second period.

Roark canned nine points, including two triples, in the frame, as Koshkonong boosted its lead to 37-21 at the half.

This margin held steady in the second half as Koshkonong worked the low blocks for inside points that the Lady Comets came up short of matching.

Ending the third on a 9-3 run, the Lady Bluejays took a 47-29 advantage into the final period of play.

This hole was just too deep for Alton to dig itself out of, and Koshkonong rolled to the win.

Amanda Stuart added six points apiece for Koshkonong, while Johna Wade finished with five, and Ashley Harris four for the Lady Jays.

Adrian Johnson tallied 10 for Alton, with Ashley Combs and Savanna Johnson tossing in four points each. Brittany Trevino added three, along with Amber Treptow and Sam Allred posting two points apiece. Chelsey Ellis finished with one for the Lady Comets.

In junior varsity boys' action, the JV Bluejays rallied from a 21-17 halftime deficit to knock off the JV Comets 53-40.

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