Queens Grant Competes at Western North Carolina Tournament

The Stallions enjoying some downtime in the mountains. (Coach Forsythe)
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The Stallions from Queens Grant High School competed recently at the Western North Carolina Holiday Classic in Asheville, North Carolina.

Stallions after enjoying a win. (Coach Forsythe)

The team played against some tough competition that will certainly improve their physical and mental toughness on the court going forward.  The team is 9-4 overall, and 1-0 in the PAC -7 Conference.  They will play against arch rival Union Academy this coming Friday night on their home court.  Union Academy is 10-1 overall, and 1-0 in the PAC-7.

In the tournament the Stallions defeated Southside Christian 62-49, however, lost a game they could have won to Gaston Christian 39-37, and were defeated by Grace Christian Academy, Knoxville, Tennessee 49-33.

The teams leader and best player senior Jaq’Quez Sanders had an excellent showing in the tournament scoring 20, 13, 16 points in the three games played in the holiday classic.  Meanwhile, senior Xavier Westbrook a dependable and consistent performer for the Stallions scored 11 points and 10 rebounds in the team win, and had solid outings in the remaining two games.  Juniors Jeremiah Murphy and LB Boyette both played well and made significant contributions.  While key players off the bench all added value, and improved their individual skills by gaining more game experience with some additional minutes.

This basketball team has a good opportunity to make some noise in the PAC-7 Conference, and certainly should be ranked as one of the top three teams.  They will have a huge test this week when Union Academy considered by many to be the top team in the conference visits the Stallions at home.

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