The Comets of Solon high school flew through James G. Tyree Gymnasium on Feb. 4, but were not able to leave without a fight.
In a game filled with large comebacks, lost teeth, and double overtime, it was certainly a night to remember for Stow and Solon fans alike.
The two teams have already met up once this year, resulting in a loss for Stow, leading to a Bulldog team looking for revenge on their home court.
That revenge seemed to be apparent the first quarter when the Bulldogs took control of the game, pulling ahead with a 15-2 lead. Senior Chrissie Vaughn was leading the way for Stow, scoring the first five points and more to follow. Stow’s defensive dynamics contained any sort of Solon offense, forcing turnovers and causing early frustration for the Comets.
Stow’s first quarter strengths carried over into the second quarter, but the Comets presence was beginning to felt. Solon’s shots began to fall, but they still could not stop the offensive game of seniors Morgan Thompson, Sam Shaver and Vaughn. The Bulldogs led 33-20 at the half.
The third quarter held a constant level of defensive and offensive aggression for both teams. Stow continued to hold off Solon and took the score to 50-35 lead in favor of Stow, going into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter started the collapse of Stow’s night, and the rise of Solon’s comeback. Stow began to settle for poor shots and gave up many turnovers which Solon took full advantage of. Cutting the deficit to one point with 1:54 left to go, Stow began to panic with the ball. With the scored tied 58-58 Solon scored a layup at the buzzer, but was quickly waved off by the referee, sending the game into its first overtime.
Solon showed signs of taking over the game in overtime, but a three-pointer from Thompson with 11 seconds left on the clock gave Stow a 62-60 lead. Lack of defense allowed Solon to drive right to the rim and tie the game at 62-62 sending it into its second overtime.
The second overtime held the most intensity of any other time during the night. Questionable calls from referees brought some parents to anger, and with both teams in the double bonus, free throws were very valuable for victory. Solon began taking control of the game, but the Bulldogs would keep them within reach. With seconds left on the clock, a potential game tying three pointer by a Stow player was missed, and the clock ran out to zero, ending the long and exciting night with a score in favor of Solon 67-71.