Fans cheer on CC girls basketball in playoff loss

Comets senior Delaney Ruzicka (20) tries to drive past Waverly-Shell Rock junior Katelyn Eggena (44) during the Class 4A Region 5 quarterfinal Wednesday night in Charles City. (Chris Baldus | The Charles City Post) Click here for more photos

It began with the Comet families.

“Let’s go Comets”

Three claps with the chant.

“Let’s go Comets!”

More voices, more claps.

It was the fourth quarter and the game was out of reach by more than 20 points. Waverly-She’ll Rock (16-6) went on to win the Class 4A Region 5 quarterfinal 62-25. Charles City’s season ended with a 2-19 record.

But the Charles City student section joined in, and in that moment the game seemed much closer. The Comets continued to battle.

When that chant quieted, the student section began a new one.

“Thank you seniors!”

The Comets will lose four players to graduation this spring: Nakila Toney, Janila Toney, Delaney Ruzicka and Ava Ellis.

In the game, Ellis and junior Maggie Boss were Charles City’s top scorers with 6 points apiece, followed by Janila Toney (4), Ruzicka (3), Nakila Toney (2), junior Alex Wohlers (2) and junior Hannah Hoffman (2).

Go-Hawk junior Katelyn Eggena led all scorers with 19.

The Go-Hawks move on to play Mason City (13-6) on Feb. 18.

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