Paced by a big-time offensive effort from Becca See and fueled by a downright swarming defense right off the bat, the Alton Lady Comets won third place in the 2009 Lady Dawg Classic at Van Buren High School with a 59-42 victory over the Twin Rivers Lady Royals Dec. 5.
See exploded for a game-high 29 points and was just too much for the Lady Royals to contend with.
Much could also be said for Alton's defensive intensity to open the night.
The third-seeded Lady Comets forced fifth-seeded Twin Rivers into more turnovers (eight) than points (three) in the game's opening stanza.
Meanwhile, Myranda Reynolds (18 points) and See made sure the Lady Comets had no problems in scoring the ball.
Twin Rivers coughed the ball up three straight times early in the first and Reynolds hit three straight hoops, while See drilled a triple, to give Alton a quick 9-zip lead.
A steal and layup from Alex Hower (10 points) pushed the Lady Comets in front 14-2.
The Lady Royals continued to turn the ball over down the stretch in the first and when the period ended, Alton stood in front 18-3.
The Lady Royals managed to re-group a bit in the second and started to put the ball into the basket instead of throwing it right to the Lady Comets.
Still, Alton refused to give the lead over to Twin Rivers and despite the Lady Comets being outscored 18-10 in the frame, the Lady Royals trailed 28-22 at intermission.
The third period was also tight sledding for Alton and Twin Rivers kept slicing and dicing its way into contention.
The Lady Comets managed just two free throws over the course of the third period's last two minutes and Twin Rivers used a hoop and pair of charity tosses to edge within three, 37-34, after three.
But early in the fourth, See and Reynolds combined for three straight buckets to push Alton back to a 43-34 lead.
See and Reynolds also finished strong, teaming up to score the Lady Comets' last eight points of the game, giving Alton the third-place victory.
Kristina Russback finished with two points for Alton, while Brittni Yardley added one.
Stephanie Jenkins paced Twin Rivers with 14 points, while Kelsey Snider had 10.
In the semis Dec. 3, the Lady Comets were clipped 56-52 by eventual champion Neelyville.
Hower paced Alton with 18 points.
In the first round on Nov. 30, Alton edged past South Iron 45-39.