The Lady Pups open the game on a 6-1 run spreading amongst their leaders Hogan, Newkirk and Petitt each with a pair to start the first quarter. A defensive opening quarter came to a close with the score 11-10 with the Mason Comets on top.
The Comets were led in the first quarter by Lauren Van Kleunen with five pionts, while leading score Jenna Gunn had just two. For the Lady Pups Tyler Newkirk led the way with four points in the first quarter.
Mason goes to a zone in the second quarter and are able to get some turnovers from the Lady Pups early that lead to some easy Comets’ buckets and they led 18-12 thanks to a 7-2 run to start the quarter.
The 7-2 run for the Comets turned into a 14-4 run as the properly named Jailyn Mason crushed two 3-pointers for the Comets to push the score to 25-14. Mason, the player, can flat out shoot the basketball as the Mason zone continues to equal to open looks for the Comets.
That’s the way the half would end with McKinley down 11 and having to mount a big comeback in the second half.
McKinley came out in the third quarter with some pressure and laid down some tough defense to start the half, but were unable to get any closer than nine points. Lady Pup Tazhia Petitt had six quick points in the quarter, but Mason answered as they were able to beat the zone back by getting the ball up the floor quick for some easy buckets by Gunn and Van Klueuner.
With over a minute to play in the third Mason led 38-23 and Gunn and Kluener both reached double-digits in scoring for the game in the period. Mason led 41-23 after three.
The many weapons of Mason took over in the final stanza as the Comets used their height to outscore McKinley 11-4 in the quarter for the 52-27 win.
The No. 1 team in Div I at the time showed the Perry Reese Center that they are the real deal as they wind down their season and get geared up for the tournament.
The Comets were led by Van Kleuner with 16 points, Gunn had 14 and Mason had 10.
The Lady Pups were led by Tazhia Petitt with 12 points, 10 of those were in the second half.