The Solon Lady Comets basketball team is playing its best ball of the season of late as the Lady Comets are now 10-2 overall following huge victories over highly regarded Magnificat and state-ranked Gahanna Lincoln.
What is most impressive is the fact that Solon has just three seniors on the roster and five underclassmen (including a pair of freshmen) are seeing plenty of playing time.
"It took us a while to start getting after it on the defensive end of the floor and we have been playing unselfish basketball and those are two things that make for a great team," said third-year head coach Trish Kruse. "I think we've gotten better since the start of the season and we're continuing to get better ever day."
Senior Jamie Gluesing was expected to have a standout season for the Lady Comets and she has done just that. Junior transfer Martha Thompson, who came to Solon from Lake Ridge Academy, has been a key addition and sophomore standout Kristen Confroy has also stepped up her game. All three are averaging double figures.
Confroy led the team with 22 points in a stirring, come-from-behind 59-55 win over Magnificat in a game where the Lady Comets went on a 24-14 run in the third period. Solon had to put together another comeback in the 58-52 triumph over Gahanna Lincoln at the Pickerington Tournament as the Comet ladies outscored Lincoln 40-29 in the second half with Thompson hitting for 19 points (including four three-pointers in the second half), Confroy scoring 16 and Gluesing adding another 11 points.
"Martha has been a great addition to the team," Kruse said. "She has been scoring but her assists, rebounds and steals are all up in the past few games. And our freshmen and sophomores coming off the bench have been bringing a lot of energy."
Defense has been the trademark of this 2011-12 squad but Solon is more than capable of scoring. The Lady Comets put up 50 points in the first half against Stow and exploded for 89 points in a 36-point drilling of Mentor.
Solon's only losses have come against defending Division I state champion Twinsburg and Manchester, which is ranked fifth among Ohio's Division II teams. The Lady Comets get a rematch with crosstown rival Twinsburg on Feb. 4 when the nationally-ranked Lady Tigers come to town.
"This is the most complete team I've had," said Kruse. "They are getting more confidence each game and they want to be one of the best teams in the area. We're still really young but we're very athletic and I think we can beat anybody."
Solon still has an outside shot at a share of the division crown and will then set its sights on the Bedford Division I district tournament, which will include such strong teams as Shaker Heights, Kenston and Cleveland Heights.
With a team that plays smothering defense and also has multiple scoring threats, the Lady Comets will be a club that nobody wants to play as the season nears the homestretch.