Delavan-Darien girls pass the test at Elkhorn
The first major test came Thursday night, and the Comets responded with a passing grade.
Kelly Supernaw scored 21 points, including a key three-pointer to open the fourth quarter, to lead Delavan-Darien to a 59-56 win over host Elkhorn.
The Comets, ranked ninth in the state in Division 2, improved to 11-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference to maintain a one-game lead over Whitewater (3-1). The Elks dropped into a third-place tie with Jefferson at 3-2.
After watching the Comets make eight free throws in the last 1:23, Square could finally exhale, thanks to the program’s first win over Elkhorn in nearly six years.
“I really like the way we responded,” Square said. “We knew coming in that Elkhorn was going to push us, and they did.
“Elkhorn showed us some things defensively that gave us problems. Fortunately, we hit some big shots in the fourth, especially the two threes to start the quarter.”
Elkhorn led 41-40 after three quarters, but Delavan-Darien jumped ahead on back-to-back three-point baskets by Supernaw and sophomore Courtney Flood.
After Delavan-Darien pushed the lead to five, the Elks battled back to a 49-49 tie with 4:27 remaining. The Comets responded with a 6-0 run, capped off by two Flood free throws with 1:17 left.
The Elks got within 55-54 with 24 seconds left, but Flood and Mallory Epping made two free throws each to secure the win.
Supernaw and Anderson both proved efficient on the offensive end. Anderson, a 6-foot, junior, led all scorers with 22 points—most coming on strong drives to the basket.
The 5-11 Supernaw had 14 in the first half, and spearheaded the Comets’ rally in the fourth quarter. She drove the lane and found a wide open Epping for an easy basket to give Delavan-Darien the lead for good at 51-49 with 2:51 lefft and also made two clutch free throws with 1:23 to play.
Elkhorn coach Jim Henriott was pleased with his team’s effort, but he knew where the game got away.
“We didn’t box out a couple of times, and that really came back to haunt us,” Henriott said. “You can’t allow teams three or four chances at the basket, especially when the game’s close.
“When we were able to get down the floor and attack the basket, I thought we did a really nice job. And we made Supernaw work for every shot. She didn’t have a lot of open looks.”
Neither team was able to surge ahead in the first half. The Comets led 13-12 after the first quarter and 29-24 at halftime.
The third quarter was back and forth as the lead changed hands four times, with the Elks a one-point edge into the final period.
Freshman Alana Cesarz added 10 points for the Comets, and Flood finished with 10.
Micaela McDonald and Brianna Entwistle added 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Elks.
DELAVAN-DARIEN 59, ELKHORN 56
Delavan-Darien (59)—Supernaw, 8-2-21; Niewenhuis, 2-1-5; Flood, 2-4-10; Collins, 1-2-4; Epping, 2-3-7; Cesarz, 5-2-12. Totals: 20-14-59.
Elkhorn (56)—Entwistle, 4-2-11; Larsen, 1-1-3; Reeves, 2-1-5; Anderson, 10-2-22; McDonald, 5-1-12; Johnson, 1-1-3. Totals: 23-8-56.
Delavan-Darien 13 16 11 19—59
Elkhorn 12 12 17 15—56
Three-point goals—Delavan-Darien 5 (Supernaw 3, Flood 2), Elkhorn 2 (McDonald, Entwistle). Free throws missed—Delavan-Darien 9, Elkhorn 7. Total fouls—Delavan-Darien 13, Elkhorn 16.