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Knightdale captains speak up, spark a big girls basketball win over Clayton

Clayton’s Au’Shonna Langley (22) drives against Knightdale’s Mikaya Wilson (5). The Clayton Comets took on the Knightdale Knights in a Greater Neuse River Conference girls basketball game in Knightdale, N.C. Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. The Knights won 78-50.
Clayton’s Au’Shonna Langley (22) drives against Knightdale’s Mikaya Wilson (5). The Clayton Comets took on the Knightdale Knights in a Greater Neuse River Conference girls basketball game in Knightdale, N.C. Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. The Knights won 78-50. amoody@newsobserver.com

Zee Bowens was just more than Clayton could handle on Tuesday night.

And so were the rest of her Knightdale teammates.

The junior forward poured in 28 points with 16 rebounds – that was two fewer rebounds than the Comets had – as the Knights rolled to a 78-50 victory in Greater Neuse River 4A Conference girls’ basketball.

The win improved Knightdale to 9-2, 3-0 in conference action, while Clayton fell to 2-5 and 0-2 with both conference losses to two of the top three teams. Au’Shonna Langley led the Comets with 14 points.

Knightdale led just 18-12 after the first period, but stretched it to 41-25 at the break and kept pulling away.

The Knights outrebounded the visitors 40-18 and committed just 11 turnovers to 22 for Clayton. Knightdale shot 43.7 percent from the floor to 38.3 for Clayton.

“It was kind of an odd day,” said Knightdale coach Trent Bunn. “(Coach Marlon Lee) always has Clayton ready to play. Our captains stepped up and spoke to the team and that gave us a lift in the second half.”

They said it

“They beat us badly on the boards, but our main thing is just taking care of the basketball,” Lee said. “We just have to take care of the ball and we can be successful. We had too many turnovers, and they just wore us down.”

Turning point

Knightdale led just 25-20 before a 12-4 run helped put the Comets away.

Three who mattered

Zee Bowens, Knightdale: The junior forward finished with an impressive double-double.

“We did a good job boxing out and watching the flight of the ball,” Bowens said. “Rebounding made a big difference for us tonight.”

Melody Prichard, Knightdale: The junior wing had 14 points with four fouls in just under 16 minutes.

“We picked up our intensity in the second half and started jelling as a team,” Prichard said. “As long as we play together like we did tonight we can win a lot of games.”

Au’Shonna Langley, Clayton: The senior guard finished with 14 points including a trio of 3-pointers.

By the numbers

10: Points from Knightdale junior Jessica Parker.

11: Points from Clayton freshman Asia Todd.

14: Points from Knightdale’s Melody Prichard.

22: Knightdale’s rebound margin.

Looking ahead

Knightdale hosts Southeast Raleigh on Thursday night, while Clayton hosts Garner.

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