In what has become a classic rivalry, Mason and Lakota West added another one to the series this past Saturday at the Mason Middle School arena. After an early season 1-point loss to the Firebirds (undefeated in the league to start the game), the Comet girls put together a total team effort and well executed game plan to defeat West and claim a share of the 2017-18 GMC title.
It is the 2nd consecutive season that the two schools have shared the league's top spot (Mason won the title outright in 2013). Mason extended its winning streak to 14 games despite the absence of junior Sammie Puisis (averaging 17.6 points per game), the reigning GMC offensive player of the year, who was out with the flu. Overall, Mason finishes the regular season with a 19-3 record while Lakota West closes with a 20-2 record.
The game was played in back-and-forth style with the largest lead ending up being the final score (61-54). Mason held a 1-point lead at the half, then 48-42 to begin the fourth. Mason was able to hold off the Firebirds and took a late lead of 55-54. Mason junior guard Sade Tucker hit a 3-pointer to push the lead to four points.
Sophomore Alanna Carter (who stepped in for Puisis) was sensational with a career-high 19 points. She made three crucial foul shots (7-8 from the line) down the stretch to help her team to the win.
Mason senior Tihanna Fulton hit some big shots in the last quarter going 7 of 10 from the floor for 17 points and nine rebounds. Secret Hughes, came off the bench and added a couple of big baskets for Mason. Megan Wagner distributed 6 assists. Senior Anna Brinkmann was consistent as always contributing 9 points and going 5-6 from the charity stripe. Again, the win was a total team effort.
Now the Comets will look to make a deep run in the post season, with the expectation that the two teams will meet again in March.