Lady Comets top Wildcats at home

Stephanie King

Varsity girls’ basketball action made its way to Asheboro High School on Tuesday as the Lady Blue Comets hosted cross-county foe the Eastern Randolph Lady Wildcats. This was the first game of the season for the Lady Wildcats, while Asheboro entered the game 1-1 on the season.

Tanaesha Ellison made a strong drive to the hoop to score the first points of the night and give the Blue Comets an early 2-0 lead. Freshman Brecken Snotherly answered for the Wildcats to tie the game at 2-2. Ellison picked up a steal and score followed by another drive and score to put the Blue Comets in front 6-2. Savannah Beaver worked down low to cut the lead to two before Diamond McDowell scored on a putback to push the Comets’ back to four. A free throw from Brooklyn Rush and a pair of free throws from Courtnee Carter cut the lead to one for the Wildcats. Asheboro would outscore the Wildcats 8-3 down the stretch for a 16-10 lead after the first quarter.

Kaylyn Nance opened the second quarter with a three from the right-wing for the Comets to push their lead to 19-10. A three-point play from Ellison gave the Comets a twelve-point lead before a pair of free throws from McDowell extended the lead to fourteen. Beaver broke the scoring run for the Wildcats with a bucket down low in the post. After a fast-break bucket from McDowell, the Wildcats went on a small run, scoring five straight to cut the lead to 26-17. Kesley Nance drilled a three from the right corner and McDowell scored low in the post to extend the Comets’ lead to 31-17. The Comets would use a 6-4 run to close out the quarter for a 37-21 lead at the half.

Eastern Randolph came out strong in the third quarter knocking down their first three of the second half. Carter drained the three from the left corner. McDowell continued to do work down low scoring once again for the Comets. The Lady Cats answered with a 6-0 run to cut the lead to nine. Janiya Jackson pushed the lead to eleven for the Comets, but a bucket from Beaver trimmed the lead back to nine. A 4-1 run from the Comets helped them maintain their lead as the third quarter ended. After three complete quarters, Asheboro led 45-33 over Eastern Randolph.

Back to back buckets from Snotherly and Amaya Brooks cut the lead to eight for the Wildcats at the start of the fourth quarter. Eastern Randolph’s defense held the Comets scoreless for the first three minutes of play before McDowell knocked down a pair of free throws to break the scoreless streak. The Wildcats kept things within nine off a free throw from Snotherly, but Kesley Nance drained her second three of the night to push the Comets’ lead back into double digits. Asheboro got back to back buckets from McDowell and Jackson to take a 54-38 lead. Beaver scored the final two buckets for the Wildcats, while McDowell scored the final points for the Comets. Asheboro got the win 57-42.

McDowell paced the Comets with 25 points, while Ellison added 15 points. Kesley Nance and Jackson each finished with six points for the Comets. For Eastern Randolph, Savannah Beaver led the way with 12 points, while Courtnee Carter notched 11. Snotherly finished with eight for the Wildcats.

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