Chanute Girls Basketball Drops Home Opener Against Hesston

The Blue Comet girls basketball team open its season with a 67-37 loss to the Hesston Swathers on Tuesday, December 5.

The Swathers, ranked No. 6 in class 3A, used their size advantage to dominate the paint en route to the win.

“We have to do a better job on the boards,” Chanute head coach Dustin Fox said. “We aren’t big, but we are going to have to learn how to play big.”

Hesston’s dominance inside led to a 41-9 advantage on free throw attempts.

“We definitely fouled too much,” Fox said.

The Comets hung tough early, entering the second quarter down 15-10, following a 3-pointer before the buzzer by junior Molly Rollins.

Chanute was within four, 19-15, with 5:43 to go in the half, but Hesston closed the half on an 11-2 run to take a 30-17 lead into half-time.

The Swathers added the first eight points of the third quarter to blow the game wide open.

“We turned it over too much and didn’t convert when we did get chances” Fox said. “Hesston’s a really good team and made us pay.”

Freshmen Kori Babcock led the Comets with seven points, while Rollins added six.

Elise Kaiser led Hesston with 18 points. Kailey Jo Ince and Rylie Schilling also reached double figures with 10 each.

Chanute is in action again Friday against Garden Plain, Class 3A’s No. 3 ranked team.

(Photo Credit: Chanute High School student Sophie Osborn)