No. 10 Catonsville and No. 20 Franklin took part in a track meet last night on the hardwood.
But while the Comets lived up to their nickname, speeding up and down the court for 32 minutes, the host Indians (4-3, 3-2) tired along the backstretch.
Catonsville (7-1, 6-0) outscored Franklin, 56-19, in the second half en route to a 105-55 victory in a Baltimore County 4A-3A Division game.
"Our whole philosophy is up-tempo," said Catonsville coach Art Gamzon. "That's the way we've been playing all year. We call it '32 minutes of hell.' "
Forward Teron Owens, a 6-foot-3 senior, scored 31 points, including 21 in the first half.
According to Owens, Franklin's zone defense was one of the keys.
"We're small, quick and pass well, and playing a zone against us is dangerous," said Owens. "We were able to take advantage of that."
Especially in the third quarter.
Leading, 49-36, at the half, the Comets switched to a triangle-and-two defense and went on a 33-10 run to extend their lead to 82-46 at the end of three quarters.
"We turned it up a notch in the third quarter," said Gamzon. "At halftime, we talked about doing a better job on defense. In the third quarter, we played much better defensively."
Catonsville held Franklin to 5-for-17 shooting from the field for the quarter, and the Comets hit 11 of 17.
"Catonsville is the best team in the county, without a doubt," said Franklin coach Mike Squirrel. "They can really run."
Stacy Robinson led the Indians with 21 points. James Lewis added 24 for Catonsville.
Catonsville scored 11 of the game's first 15, and led, 22-10, after Travis Terrell's driving layup with 1 minute, 44 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Comets hit 11 of 18 shots in the quarter and forced six Franklin turnovers.
The Indians got as close as 31-27 midway through the second quarter, but cold shooting left them down, 49-36, at the half.