CENTRALIA - It was their defensive energy that got them the lead, but when that energy ran out so did the Comets season Friday night in a 65-54 loss in a District IV elimination game with Napavine at Centralia High School. The Pacific League champion Comets ended their season with a 15-8 record.
"I think we ran out of gas," coach Brian Macy told the Longview Daily News following the game.
After a slow start, the Comets went to an aggressive, and in turn successful half-court-trapping defense at the start of the second quarter, leading to a 32-31 halftime lead. That quickly vanished in the third quarterthough, as the Tigers took a 44-42 lead into the fourth, where they stretched their lead to 10 and didn't look back.
Kyle Burkhalter, the Comets only senior, finished his high school career by leading the team in scoring with 15 points. Hunter Smith and Nathan Sultemeier each had 12 points, while Austin Burkhalter scored 9.