The Queens Grant High School Stallions lost a key conference home game 73-67 against their rival from North Stanly. The Comets are now 15-7 overall, and undefeated 8-0 in conference play. While the Stallions fall to 11-8 overall, and 6-2 in the conference with two losses against the Comets. In the first period, the Stallions took a quick 6-0 lead 2 minutes into the contest when senior guard Christian “Ace” Owens connected on two consecutive 3 point shots. However, the pace settled down and the Comets finished the period with a 12-9 lead.
In the second period, the teams continued to play evenly with the Comets scoring 15 points to the Stallions 14. The lead changed hands 3 times and the Comets maintained a 27-23 lead at the intermission.
In the third period, the Comets took command of the game outscoring the Stallions 25 to 14 behind the excellent play of All-Conference player Cameron Lee. A full court press was applied which resulted into some turnovers, and the fast breaking Childress brothers along with Lee clearly won the transition game and pulled away with a 52-35 lead.
Stallions Coach Jay Forsythe made some adjustments in the fourth period applying solid defensive pressure, and their own full court press which led to Comet mistakes and turnovers. The Stallions came roaring back with a key 11-2 run cutting the Comets 17 point lead in half. During the run Terron Dixon, Daymaun Harvey, Christian Owens, and Jah’Quez Sanders all made key contributions for the “Running Stallions.”
The teams then continued to trade baskets with the Stallions winning the period scoring 30 points to the Comets 21. However, the Stallions could not overcome the third period dominance of the Comets. The last two minutes was tense with both coaches calling key timeouts to gain an advantage. However, the Stallions run came up 6 points short with the 73-67 loss.
The leading scorers for the Stallions were “Mr. Consistency” Terron Dixon 18 points, 4 rebounds, Daymaun Harvey 14 points, 5 assists, 5 steals, Christian “Ace” Owens 13, Jah’Quez Sanders 11 points, 5 rebounds. The games leading scorer was Cameron Lee with 32 points, Bryson Childress 14, and P.T. Childress 11 for the victorious Comets.
The Stallions have two remaining away conference games with Albemarle and Union Academy next week prior to entering the Conference Tournament with their sights on one more shot at defeating North Stanly in the Conference Championship game. The Stallions need to take care of business over the next four games to be in a strong position to pull-off the upset of the Comets.