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Couch, Alton battle to the wire

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Skylar Chronister was the right player, in the right spot, at the right time, for the Alton Comets Jan. 7.

Pouring in 17 of his game-high 27 points in the second half of play, Chronister helped the Comets rally past the homestanding Couch Indians 72-68 in Big Spring Conference play.

Earlier in the evening, the Lady Indians topped the Lady Comets 61-37.

In the hotly-contested boys' clash, Couch held a slim 32-31 advantage at intermission.

But Chronister opened the third period with a triple that gave Alton its first lead since the score was 10-8, early in the first period.

The game was knotted at 36-all when a torrent of 3-pointers begin to rain down inside the gym at Couch High School.

Alton's Zach Roberts (22 points) drained back-to-back treys to get the flurry started.

Then, Couch's Brandin (22 points) and Derek Orchard (seven points) joined in. Just for fun, the next time down court for the Indians, Brandin Orchard nailed another 3-ball, giving Couch a 45-42 lead.

Randy Ray (four points) broke up the hailstorm of five straight 3-pointers with a layup for Alton, but Brandin Orchard had one more long shot in his arsenal, and he unloaded it at the 2:59 mark, edging the Indians out to a 48-44 cushion.

Josh Brame (15 points) racked up an old-fashioned 3-point play for Couch, but Chronister then scored the last six points of the third for Alton, pulling his team within three, down 55-52, after three.

Alton took a lead it would not let go of on a layup from Zane Hatten (three points) and trey by Chronister that opened the fourth period.

The Indians had trouble sticking the ball in the hoop early in the final frame and Couch's first field goal of the fourth did not come until the 3:16 mark on a layup from Derek Orchard that squared things at 64-all.

The Comets, too, had some difficulty scoring from the floor the last four minutes of the game, but Alton did hit enough free throws, including five straight, to build a 69-64 lead.

Jesse Janes (12 points) racked up a big hoop and free throw with 22 ticks left in the game that pulled Couch within three, 70-67, but Kalon Honeycutt (five points) sealed the deal for the Comets with a pair of charity tosses with seven seconds remaining to give the visitors from Alton a hard-earned 72-68 victory.

Couch led 18-13 after the first period of play.

A.J. Hodge finished with six points for Alton, while Wes Carswell added five.

Colton Hicks logged seven points for the Indians, with Fabbian Bertholomey and Quaid Turner hitting for two points apiece.

Dusty Chester scored one point for Couch.

On the girls' side of things, Couch nabbed a commanding lead early and the young Lady Comets just could not catch up.

Alex Hower came out on fire for the Lady Indians, drilling three treys and scoring 16 of Couch's 19 total points in the first period. Hower, a former Lady Comet, paced all scorers with a game-high 19 points.

Jordan Hale was responsible for Couch's lone bucket not scored by Hower in the game's first eight minutes of play.

Cassie Benson (six points) hit a 3-ball late in the first for Alton, but Couch held a 19-7 lead after one.

After Alton got a free throw from Myranda Reynolds (six points) midway into the second period, the Lady Indians reeled off six unanswered points to build their lead to 32-11.

Molly Steele (four points) hit a jumper late and Cierra Cawvey knocked down a bucket in the paint, but Sarah Neptune (nine points) capped the first half for Couch with a long trey that gave the Lady Indians a 35-15 cushion at intermission.

Lizzie Nessling (13 points) dropped in nine points for Couch in the third period, helping send the Lady Indians to the final frame in possession of a 50-25 lead.

Cassie Roberts finished with six points for Couch, while Taylor Emberton had four and Taylor Beal three. Calee Risner and Crystal Britt ended the game with two points each.

Becca See logged six points for the Lady Comets, with Chandra Hollis and Breanna Neldon adding four points apiece.

Alex Mills and Lacey Hodge had two points each, while Arial Peace posted one point.

In junior varsity boys' action, Couch topped Alton 52-38 earlier in the evening.

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