“It would mean so much:” Coleman Girls Basketball Seeks First Conference Title since ’94

COLEMAN – The Coleman girls basketball team is off to one of the best starts in program history. At 10-3 (8-1 in conference), the Comets are in the mix to win their first conference championship in girls basketball since 1994.

“It would mean so much to us,” said head coach Nick Katzinger. “It’s been 28 years since we got a conference title and these girls weren’t even born the last time –I was barely born the last time — Coleman got a conference title.”

“Not having a conference win in over 20 years is insane and I’m just like, I want to do that as a senior going out,” said senior Katelyn Pnacek. “I want to make a mark that we are here to play.”

The Comets faced a big test over the weekend against Sacred Heart. Trailing by six in the fourth quarter, they rallied back and a three-pointer from sophomore Madison Miller with just over a minute remaining put Coleman ahead for good.


From Saturday’s big win to senior Katelyn Pnacek scoring her 1,000th career point last week, it’s already been a memorable season. The Comets hope the memorable moments are just beginning.

“Our whole community is behind us,” said Pnacek. “A girls’ team hasn’t had a season like this in a really long time so it’s just encouraging as a player to have the community behind us. It keeps us going.”

Coleman suffered its first conference loss Tuesday night against St. Charles, 50-36. The Comets still have the Mid State Activities Conference lead with an 8-1 league record, although St. Charles is right behind them and also has just one conference loss with a 6-1 MSAC record.

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