By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor
Sunday, January 12, 2014 —
The West Stanly varsity basketball squads opened up conference play on Friday night with road games at new Rocky River Conference member Parkwood.
West Stanly 49
The Colts headed into their opening RRC game on Friday night without starting center Charlie Eudy, who was on his official visit to Gardner-Webb, where he will play football next season.
The Colts rallied from an early deficit but the host Rebels responded with a strong fourth quarter leading West to a 16-point road loss.
Taylan Rowe led West (4-10, 0-1 RRC) with 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, including 3-of-7 from beyond the three-point arc.
Baron Whitley added 13 point for the Colts, hitting 5-of-9 overall and 3-of-6 from long distance.
As a team, West Stanly was 17-of-50 overall (34 percent) and 6-of-20 on three-point shots.
Trailing by 11 in the second quarter, West held Parkwood (7-7, 1-0) scoreless over the first six minutes of the second period, eventually taking a two-point lead in the third quarter.
Parkwood eventually pushed the lead in the final period out to 10 points then hit free throws down the stretch for the win.
“I was proud of how we competed tonight. We just have to learn how to close out games,” West head coach John Thompson said.
WS 9 13 20 7 49
P 19 7 17 22 65
WS – Taylan Rowe 16, Baron Whitley 13, McCormick 8, Smith 7, Edwards 2, Hathcock 2, Whitley 2, Barbee 1, Burgess 1.
West Stanly 36
The Colts opened RRC play against a Parkwood team ranked No. 5 in the state in the 2A ranks by the website Rivals.com.
West fell to 3-10 overall and suffered a road loss in their initial conference game of the season at the Rebels.
“We did some things better as far as moving the ball and not turning it over,” West head coach Wesley Kidd said.
WS 7 10 12 7 36
P 16 18 18 16 68
SD – Brown 4, Moses 6, Summers 9, Rushing 2, Abby Waggoner 11, Chapman 2, McIlwaine 2
P – Abby Lathon 4, Lauren Brown 6, Lillian Geehring 12, Brittany Autry 18, Emory Tsitouris 24, Morton 2, Millican 2.