(Note: The photo of Kayden Kasemeier (12) accompanying this article is a file photo from the Feb. 7 Comets win over Waukon)
The Comets are two wins away from the State Boys Basketball Tournament.
Charles City (16-5) defeated Independence (8-14) at home on Monday in a Class 3A Substate 4 first round game, 71-33.
Round 2 is coming up Thursday, Feb. 23, again in the Charles City Middle School gymnasium. The Comets will tip off against Mount Vernon (15-7) at 7 p.m.
The winner will play either Marion (17-5) or Decorah (14-7) on Monday, Feb. 27, in the state qualifying game.