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Alton dumps Doniphan

Thursday, January 22, 2009

IN CONTROL: Becca See drives to the hoop against Doniphan. Photo/Mullins
It may have taken Jessica Bailey 15 minutes and 58 seconds to find her stroke, but once she found it, she put it to good use.

Bailey tossed in a team-high 15 points, 13 in the second half of play, to help the Alton Lady Comets knock off the Doniphan Donettes 54-47 in Alton Jan. 15.

Doniphan was up 27-21 in the waning moments of the first half when Bailey got free for her first bucket of the night, a driving hoop in the paint that fell through the nets with two ticks left before intermission.

Then in the second half, Bailey came out looking to score and that paid dividends for Alton.

She drilled back-to-back 3-balls that gave the Lady Comets a 29-28 lead at the 5:55 mark of the third, Alton's first lead since the opening hoop of the game.

Things remained tight the remainder of the third period, as the lead changed sides five times and the game was tied four times over the course of the last five minutes of the stanza.

Cassie Benson knocked down a jumper at the three-minute mark to give Alton its last advantage of the third, 37-35.

The Donettes scored the last four points of the period to take a 39-37 cushion into the fourth.

But there was Bailey, once again ready to pounce on Doniphan.

Casey Miller (three points) found a trailing Bailey on a fast break to start the fourth and she flipped the ball to Bailey, who pulled up outside the right arc and buried her third triple of the second half, giving Alton a 40-39 lead.

Doniphan went a bit cold at this point, allowing the Lady Comets to open up their biggest lead to that point in the game.

Myranda Reynolds (four points), Alex Hower (eight points) and Becca See (11 points) all hit free throws to push the home team in front 45-40 with five minutes left to play.

The Donettes didn't fold, however, and made things interesting down the stretch.

A brief lapse in judgment turned out to be Doniphan's undoing.

Alton was in front 51-47 with a touch under 30 seconds left, when Doniphan was forced to foul to stop the clock.

Instead of simply grabbing a Lady Comet, Doniphan pushed Hower hard into the scorer's table with 28 ticks left, resulting in an intentional foul -- meaning two charity tosses for Hower and then possession of the ball for Alton.

Hower came through with both free throws and she late capped things with one more free throw to give the Lady Comets a tough 54-47 victory over Doniphan. Alton outscored the Donettes 6-1, all from the charity stripe, the last two minutes of play.

Neither team could get much going in the first period, but Doniphan controlled the offensive glass to turn rebounds into second-chance points or trips to the free throw line.

Doniphan's first three buckets of the game came off offensive rebounds.

Alton gave the Donettes plenty of trouble with its defense, but the Lady Comets could just not convert those turnovers into points.

Alton was down 8-2 when Miller nailed a trey at the 1:15 point of the first for Alton.

Kristina Russback (three points) ended the first period with a free throw for Alton that pulled the Lady Comets within four, down 10-6, after one.

Brittni Yardley kept the Lady Comets afloat in the second period, tossing in all eight of her points for the game in the frame.

Doniphan pulled in front by as many as seven points in the second, but Bailey's hoop just before the buzzer edged the Lady Comets within four at the break, and it also set the tone for her big second-half performance.

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