CHARLES CITY — The explosion of joy Monday night was worthy of a championship.
The Comets bench leaped to embrace their five teammates on the floor as the buzzer sounded sending Charles City’s 55-20 home victory over Independence. The student section formed a cheering tunnel players passed through on the way to their locker room.
This win was a long-time coming. It snapped a 52-game losing streak.
The last time the Comets girls basketball team won a game was Jan. 13, 2017, against Decorah on the road.
After falling behind 9-10 after the first quarter, the Comets grabbed the lead early in the second, never to relinquish it.
Sophomore Lydia Staudt was Charles City’s scoring leader wit 15-points, 12 of which came in the second half. Junior Danielle Stock scores 14.
Also scoring were Mackenzy Bilharz (8 points), Lauren Connell (6), Liz Fiser (6), Lynn Hoeft (4) and Sadie Gebel (2).