By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor
Sunday, January 5, 2014 —
The West Stanly varsity basketball teams got back to work on their long non-conference schedule this season with home games on Friday night against the Providence Grove Patriots out of Randolph County.
West Stanly 68
Providence Grove 56
The Colts and head coach John Thompson took to the West Stanly home floor on Friday night playing without N.C. State-bound B.J. Hill and found themselves taking on a Patriot team that started the game shooting lights out.
West Stanly clamped down defensively on Providence Grove in the next two periods and rallied for a 12-point home win.
Taylan Rowe came off the bench to lead a balanced scoring attack for West Stanly (4-8) with 14 points.
The Colts had 11 players score and West’s bench outscored Providence Grove 37-11. Blaine Long had a big night off the bench for West with seven points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Makiah Fox scored 10 of his 12 points for the Patriots (4-9) in a first-quart burst that saw Providence Grove hit 11-of-13 from the field in the opening period to gain a five-point lead.
The Vikings led by as much as seven in the first half before West closed out the period with a run. Back-to-back threes from Baron Whitley and Rowe capped off a 9-0 run to give the Colts the lead for good with 3:31 left in the second.
Providence Grove cut the lead to one two minutes into the third period but would not hit another shot from the field for another eight minutes as numerous turnovers limited the Patriots’ shots at the baskets. West ended the period with a 10-0 run over the final four minutes to lead by 11 after three quarters.
West built a 19-point lead with 3:30 left in the game, knocking down before the Patriots’ offense scored 12 of their 19 points in the final period in the final 2:33 for the game’s final margin.
Providence Grove was 21-of-41 overall from the field (51.2 percent) in the game, while West Stanly was 27-of-61 overall (44.3 percent).
West improved their free-throw shooting in the final period, hitting 7-of-10 after making 3-of-16 in the first three quarters. The Patriots were 9-of-21 at the foul line (42.9 percent).
“Blaine Long gave us a tremendous boost off the bench,” West head coach John Thompson said, adding that Rowe “did a great job at the point for us, scoring and handling their press.”
Thompson also said that West “shot the ball well from the field but our defense was not as good as it has been the last few games.”
West travels to Albemarle on Wednesday and then opens Rocky River Conference play on Thursday night with a road game at Parkwood.
PG 26 7 4 19 56
WS 21 15 12 20 68
PG – Brown 3, Jackson Koenig 10, Griffin 6, Hackett 9, Beck 3, Johnson 5, Hollowell 7, Makiah Fox 12.
WS – McCormick 7, Barbee 8, Whitley 9, Eudy 1, Hathcock 6, Long 7, Morgan 4, Taylan Rowe 14, Burgess 4, Whitley 4, Edwards 4.
Providence Grove 53
West Stanly 43
Offense has been hard to come by this season for the West girls. Entering Friday’s home game with Providence Grove, the Colts averaged 35.7 points per game.
West got above that average Friday but a second-half run by Providence led to a 10-point loss for West Stanly.
Meredith Summers led West (3-8) with 16 points and Abby Waggoner added 14. Hope Foxx paced the Patriots (7-5) and all scorers with 21 points.
The Patriots shot slightly better overall from the field than the Colts. Providence Grove was 18-of-55 overall (32.7 percent) while West Stanly hit 15-of-50 from the field (30 percent).
In the first quarter, the Patriots jumped out to a 6-3 lead but West answered and took the lead on a Waggoner bucket with 8.8 left in the opening period.
The Colts built a 16-12 lead two minutes into the second quarter, getting a three from Courtney Mosses, two Summers free throws and a Waggoner basket. However, Providence responded with a trapping defense that created turnovers. The Patriots went on a 10-0 run over the next four minutes, getting seven points from Hope Foxx, to lead 22-16 with 1:45 left in the second quarter. Providence builts a 27-18 halftime advantage with five points in the final 34 seconds.
Trailing 32-22 with 3:46 left in the third, West rallied with a 7-0 run over the next two minutes, with a Summers three-pointer and four points from Waggoner.
Missed free throws in the final two minutes of the third and five points by the Patriots gave the visitors a seven-point lead after three quarters.
Back-to-back threes by Madison Ferguson to open the fourth pushed the Patriot lead to 11 points. The Colts got as close as five points in the period on another Summers three, but Providence outscored West 7-2 the rest of the way for the win.
PG 8 19 10 16 53
WS 9 9 12 13 43
PG – Green 3, Hope Foxx 21, Brady 3, Griffith 4, Madison Ferguson 13, Lee 4, Sexton 2, C. Foxx. 3.
WS – Brown 5, Mosses 4, Meredith Summers 16, Abby Waggoner 14, Chapman 4.