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Gantt scores 22 in Blue Devil win

January 8, 2011

Bandy’s Jesse Goodwin (right) looks for
a teammate to pass to while being pressured
by Maiden defenders Nate Johnson (23) and Holden
Cox (5).

The Blue Devils won their second game in the Catawba Valley 2A with a strong performance by Jason Gantt.

Gantt scored a game-high 22 points in the Maiden victory, including four 3-point baskets.

“The kids did a good job of never wanting to sleep,” said Maiden coach Doug Miller. “We stayed at it and didn’t have too bad of a lull. There have been times where we go to sleep, wake up five minutes later and have lost an 8-point lead. I felt like we stayed steady and consistent.”

The Blue Devils (7-7, 2-2) took a 24-15 lead into the halftime break, but that was quickly chipped away at by the Trojans (0-12, 0-4). Early scores by Bandys and missed chances by Maiden brought the Blue Devils’ lead down to just 28-25.

Momentum changed in the third quarter, when Bandy’s Dillon Suddreath committed a technical foul and Gantt coverted a three-point play. That gave the Blue Devils a 42-32 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Maiden carried the momentum from those two huge plays into the fourth quarter. That allowed them to continue to grow their double-digit lead on the way to a Catawba Valley 2A win.

“I think we had a little bit of working space most of the game,” Miller said. “We had kept the lead in a double-digit range. We stayed at that the majority of the game. We pulled away at the end of the game.”
Holden Cox added 16 points and Nate Johnson scored 10 points for Maiden in the victory.

Hayden Deal scored 14 points and Cotten Medlin had 12 points for Bandys.

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