The Queens Grant High School Stallions defeated the Comets from Carolina International School 76-64 on their home court Monday night.
The Stallions dominated the contest from the tip-off to the games end as they never trailed at any point during the evening. The running Stallions who lack in team size have huge heart and used their athletic ability to obtain an important conference victory for the final standings down the stretch as we enter February.
The boys from Matthews had a 32-20 half time lead which was sparked primarily by their dynamic four Jah’Quez Sanders, LB Boyette, Khalil Chapman and Jeremiah Murphy. With big man AJ Gallagher out for the season with knee surgery and Xavier Westbrook nursing a badly sprained ankle Coach Forsythe had to bring up some Junior Varsity players to fill out his bench.
After the intermission the Stallions extended their lead to 14 points at the end of the third period based on some fast breaks and good shooting from the baseline and solid drives right down the gut of the Comets by Jah’Quez Sanders in particular.
In the fourth period the Comets tried to mount a comeback and had a mini run to get within 6 points with some sharp shooting by Tavion Jones. However, after a time out with under four minutes remaining in the game called by Coach Forsythe the team refocused led by the dynamic four to increase their advantage by 8 points with 1:07 remaining on the scoreboard clock. The Comets had to begin to foul and the Stallions hit 4 of 6 foul shots to ice the game and the 12 point victory. Khalil Chapman controlled the boards all night and especially down to the wire hauling in 12 rebounds for the game along with scoring 12 points for the double-double.
The Stallions leading scorer was Jah’Quez Sanders with 24 points, LB Boyette 17 and Jeremiah Murphy contributed 14. Meanwhile, Jones had 30 points for the Comets in the loss.
Lady Comets defeat Lady Stallions 52-41
In the preliminary game the Lady Stallions played a hard fought competitive game going down to the final minutes. The Stallions were beaten by two 3 point shots and losing the game at the foul line as the Comets made 80% of their free throws in the final 30 seconds of the contest. The home team shooting went cold at the wrong time which impacted the final outcome.
The Lady Stallions were only down by just one point with 57.5 seconds remaining in the contest, however, they were outscored in the final minute 11-0 as the Comets went on a last minute run to secure the victory.
Senior Sheona Woodham scored 18 points, sophomore Ashleigh Aberly added 17 points for Queens Grant, while Jena Zaghari led all scorers with 22 points for the Comets.