Asheboro vs Providence Grove Girls Basketball CT Tournament Rd 1 Gm 1

The Lady Blue Comets of Asheboro will advance to the semifinals of the 2017 Courier Tribune Christmas Invitational after defeating the Providence Grove Patriots 54-37. Asheboro led early, but Providence Grove climbed in front to lead 11-10 at the end of the first. The two teams would stay close for most of the second quarter until the Blue Comets used a 7-0 run to take a 27-20 lead at the half.

It would be all Asheboro in the third quarter as they led by as many as sixteen. Providence Grove closed the gap to ten midway through the fourth quarter, but it was not enough to top the Blue Comets. Senior Ny’Laijah Artice paced the Blue Comets with 14 points, while Rachel Luna added 11. Diamond McDowell and Ali Durrant each finished with 8 for Asheboro. Emma Saunders and Madison Dark led the way for the Patriot with 10 points each, while Kaitlin Sexton chipped in 8.

Asheboro will advance to Friday’s first semifinal match up where they will face the winner of Randleman vs Trinity at 6:00PM.