After beginning the season a perfect 11-0 the Marionville Comets finally lost their first game of the 2016-17 season with a 63-47 loss at Greenfield on Tuesday night. The teams previously met for the championship of the Marionville Invitational in November, where the Comets were a 57-48 winner.
Prior to the loss, the Comets picked up a win on the road at East Newton and another victory at home last Thursday against Reeds Spring. The non-conference contest with the Wolves was one of the team's closest games so far this year.
The Comets fell behind early against Reeds Spring, ending the first quarter in the unfamiliar territory of trailing 9-8 in a low-scoring contest.
The teams played physical basketball in the first half, neck and neck for much of the second quarter. The Comets managed to take the lead after a pair of steals and layups by senior Cole Brown. With about a minute and a half to go in the period, the Wolves tied the game back up at 19.
After a bucket by senior Brandon Horn to retake the lead for the Comets, the half ended with a buzzer-beating three-pointer on the Reeds Spring side.
The Comets gained momentum right out of the gate in the second half, though, as Brown drained a three pointer to take the lead back again. Marionville outscored the visitors for the first time in the third quarter to lead 34-29 going into the final frame.
The fourth quarter was another back and forth affair, as each team scored 16 points in the period, but the five-point lead the Comets had built up in the previous quarter proved to be enough. Marionville came away eventually with their 10th victory of the season by a score of 50-45.
Brown led the way with 19 points on the day, followed by a 13-point effort from fellow senior Nick Dean. Senior Levi Doyle added eight, while Horn and sophomore Josh Goodman each recorded four. The Comets also put points on the board when a Reeds Spring player tipped in a would-be rebound in the third quarter.
The Comets will look to avenge Tuesday's loss with another tournament championship, as they compete next week in the Spokane Invitational.