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Lady Comets rally to top Storm

Stephanie King

The Lady Blue Comets of Asheboro opened the week at home against the Lady Storm of Southern Guilford. Asheboro entered the game 5-3 in conference play and 14-6 overall on the season.

Southern Guilford would be the first on the board with a free throw, but the Lady Comets quickly took the lead off a drive and score from Rachel Luna. Tanaesha Ellison added a bucket to give the Comets a 4-1 lead. The Lady Storm answered with back to back threes from Ariyah Wheless for a 7-4 advantage over the Comets. Ellison scored her second bucket of the night to bring Asheboro back within one, but the Storm closed out the quarter with back to back buckets. After one-quarter of play, Asheboro trailed 11-6.

Wheless continued to shoot the ball well for the Storm as she pushed their lead to seven at the start of the second quarter. Diamond McDowell went one for two at the line to cut the lead to six, but another three from Willis gave the Storm a 16-7 lead. Ellison scored on back to back drives to bring the Comets within five. Wheless knocked down another bucket followed by a pair of free throws to put the Storm in front by nine. Asheboro locked in down the stretch and closed the quarter on a 6-0 run. Selina Hicks, Ellison, and McDowell each scored during the run by the Comets. At the half, the Lady Comets trailed Southern Guilford 20-17.

The Lady Storm continued to shoot the ball well at the start of the third quarter as Kassidy Haith drained a three to extend the lead to six. Ellison found McDowell for a bucket that cut the lead to four. Southern Guilford picked up a free throw before Haith knocked down another three to push the lead to eight. Kesley Nance put her name in the scoring column with a much needed three for the Blue Comets.

Yazzmyn Johnson added a three throw as the Comets cut the lead to four. The Storm extended their lead to six before McDowell knocked down a free throw and a scored on a fast break after picking up a steal. The teams were evenly matched down the stretch as they each scored seven points during the final minutes. After three-quarters of play, Asheboro continued to trial 36-33.

A free throw from the Storm extended the lead to four before a bucket from McDowell brought the Comets within two. A three from Wheless gave the Storm a 40-35 lead for a bit of breathing room. Asheboro responded with a 7-0 for their first lead since early in the first quarter. Ellison kickstarted the run with three points the old fashion way before dishing back to back assists to McDowell.

Asheboro led 42-40. Southern Guilford quickly tied the game at 42 all before Janiya Jackson picked up three points the old fashion way to put Asheboro on top 45-42. Southern Guilford tied the game again, but the Comets scored six unanswered for a 51-45 led. Hicks knocked down a much needed three to give the Comets some breathing room. The rest of Asheboro’ points would come at the free throw line as they picked up a 55-46 win over the Storm.

Diamond McDowell led the Comets with 17 points, while Tanaesha Ellison finished with 15. Rachel Luna and Selina Hicks each added 6. For the Storm, Ariyah Wheless led with 25.

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