The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

January 12, 2014

Yadkin Valley Conference West Basketball Notebook

North Stanly sweeps South Stanly; Albemarle wins at Queen's Grant; South Stanly tops East Montgomery

By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor

Sunday, January 12, 2014 — The basketball season for the Stanly County squads playing in the Yadkin Valley Conference West continued Thursday and Friday nights.

Friday’s Games


North Stanly 71

South Stanly 46

A packed, raucous crowd poured into L.R. Chandler Gym at North Stanly on Friday night to see the host Comets take on the Rebel Bulls in a YVC-West game.

North Stanly pulled away in the second half and kept their spot atop the conference standings with the win over the Bulls.

Stephen Misenheimer led three in double figures for the Comets (11-2, 4-0 YVC-W) with 18 points. Dylan Blalock added 14 points and Kasey Caulder had 12.

Malik Lomax had a big night for South Stanly (2-12, 0-4) with 20 points. Wes Smith added 13 points and Bernardo Granados came off the bench to add 10 points.

The Comets jumped out to an early 10-2 lead but South answered with a 8-1 run to tie the game on a Smith three with 3:25 left in the opening period.

South stayed within a few points in the second period but the Comets held the visitors off enough to lead by four at halftime.

North Stanly head coach Chris Misenheimer said that he challenged his team to play better defense in the second half, and the Comets responded, holding South to 18.5 percent from the field in the final two periods (5-of-27).

Leading by two after Lomax opened the second half with a basket, North went on a 11-0 run and outscored the Bulls by 12 points in the third period to lead by 16 after three quarters.

The Comets continued to shoot well in the final period, hitting 9-of-15 in the quarter to pull away for the win. North was 16-of-33 in the second half (48.5 percent).

“I’m really happy with how we played defense in the second half,” Misenheimer said, noting the play of Tyler Burris and Zac Almond off the bench, along with starter Dangelo Reid.

Regarding the team’s point guard and offensive quarterback, A.J. Atkins, the North coach said that he “did what he does best; he facilitates this team. He is the motor that makes the team go; he makes a lot of people look good.”

The win keeps the Comets at 4-0 in the YVC-West along with Albemarle, who won at Queen’s Grant on Friday night. The two teams meet for the first time this season at North Stanly on Jan. 22.

“We can’t overlook anyone, but we know that Albemarle is coming here. Being 11-2 is new for us, but I think we are supposed to be (11-2). We have a good enough team to be 11-2; we have to get guys to understand that they are that good. They have to have that attitude when they come into the gym.”

North Stanly has one more game before that showdown with the Bulldogs; the Comets host East Montgomery on Friday night.

South returns to action on Jan. 24 at home against Union Academy.

SS    16    15    4    11    46    

NS    18    17    16    20    71

SS – Malik Lomax 20, Wes Smith 13, Bernardo Granados 10, Starnes 3.

NS – Kasey Caulder 12, Harris 4, Atkins 8, Gibson 5, Stephen Misenheimer 18, Burris 3, Dylan Blalock 14, Reid 2, Almond 5.

Albemarle 64

Queen’s Grant 53

The Bulldogs extended their win streak to four games and stayed tied with North atop the YVC-West standings, rallying for an 11-point win at Carolina Courts over the Stallions.

Terrace Ellis led the Bulldogs (11-1, 4-0 YVC-W) with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 at the foul line.

Stephen Sawyer paced Queen’s Grant (6-7, 2-2) with 18 points.

The Stallions hit their first seven shots from the field and built a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but Albemarle’s defense helped bring the Bulldogs to within two points by the end of the period.

Albemarle took the lead in the second quarter and hit free throws down the stretch for the win. The Bulldogs were 24-of-36 overall from the free throw line and 17-of-52 from the field (33 percent).

The Bulldogs travel to South Davidson on Friday.

A    15    20    12    17    64

QG    17    9    16    11    53

A – Terrace Ellis 16, Bryan Blanton 13, Lee Autry 12, Nivens 9, Ratliff 7, Ridenhour 7.

QG – Stephen Sawyer 18, Duane Goodman 11, Dixon 9, Tape 7, Schaffer 6, Raye 2.

Union Academy 70

Gray Stone 55

The Knights fell to 1-12 overall and 1-4 in the YVC West with a 15-point loss at Union Academy.

Gray Stone will host North Moore on Friday night.


North Stanly 64

South Stanly 50

North senior Gentry Grubb posted a career high including a second-half effort that helped the Comets pull away for a win over the Bulls and maintain a lead in the YVC-West standings.

Grubb led North (6-4, 4-0 YVC-W) with 38 points including 27 second-half points and 18 points in a third quarter that helped the host Comets pull ahead of South. She was 14-of-26 overall and 5-of-14 from the three-point arc while hitting 5-of-9 at the foul line.

Chelsey Culp led the Bulls (3-10, 0-1) with 23 points.

North led by six with 44.5 seconds left in the opening quarter on a Hollie Chandler three but South rallied to take the lead in the second quarter. Trailing 16-11, South went on an 11-2 run over a four-minute span as a Gabby Benjamin bucket with 2:48 left in the first half put the Bulls up 22-18.

South shot well in the second quarter, hitting 7-of-9 from the field and shooting 40.7 percent for the first half.

With the two teams tied at 24 at halftime, North came charging out of the gate as Grubb hit two free throws and two three-pointers for a quick 8-0 run to give North the lead for good.

The Comets shot well in the second half, hitting at a 41.9 percent clip while South hit 27 percent of their second-half attempts.

“South battled hard the whole game. We did make a little run and they battled back. I’m glad to escape with a win,” North head coach Greg Speight said.”

SS    8    16    11    15    50

NS    12    12    26    14    64

SS – Whitley 3,  Allen 4, Sturdivant 4, Benjamin 9, Curlee 6, Chelsey Culp 23, Nance 1.

NS – Gentry Grubb 38, Hailey Chandler 13, Smith 6, Scott 2, Almond 2, Hogan 2, Beadle 1.

Albemarle 83

Queen’s Grant 41

The Bulldogs got a balanced attack with  all 11 players on the roster putting up points and extended the team’s current win streak to eight with a road win.

A    22    19    29    13    83

QG    4    6    14    17    41

A – Akela Branch 15, Kyleigh McLendon 10, Bowman 9, Smith 9, Joseph 8, Howard 8, Currie 6, Hudson 6, Donnally 4, Montigue 4, Williams 3.

Gray Stone 34

Union Academy 14

The Knights needed a win Friday at Union Academy to stay in second place in the YVC West Standings between undefeated North Stanly and one-loss Albemarle. In a defensive game, Gray Stone pulled out a 34-14 win.

Kristina Everhart led the Knights (7-6, 4-1) with 11 points, including three straight three-pointers in first half to build a 20-7 halftime lead.

Gray Stone outrebounded the Cardinals (6-8, 0-3) 58-31, with Tracey Allsbrook pulling down 17 boards and Shannon Efird adding 14 rebounds.

GS    7    13    10    4    34

UA    0    7    2    5    14

GS – Kristina Everhart 11, Allsbrook 5, Ansbro 5, Redman 4, Boss 4, Sullivan 3, Efird 3.

UA – S. Lunn 4, Sidders 4, McNulty 2, Starnes 2, K. Lunn 2.

Thursday’s Games


South Stanly 69

East Montgomery 66

The Bulls won their second game in three outings on Thursday night with a last-second home win over the Eagles.

Dylan Starnes got free thanks to a Max Bogle screedn, caught a long pass and was fouled, making a a free throw to give South the victory.

EM    8    19    18    21    66

SS    14    18    12    25    69

EM – Hassell 17, Watts 4, Morrison 10, Watkins 5, Little 23, Green 1, Smith 6.

SS – Wes Smith 26, Harris 2, Dylan Starnes 14, Granados 6, Smith 4, Holt 2, Malik Lomax 15.

West Montgomery 58

North Stanly 27

The Comets suffered a non-conference loss on Thursday night at West Montgomery.

NS    4    7    6    10    27

WM    17    16    14    11    58

NS – Beadle 7, Grubb 9, Fesperman 3, Smith 3, Scott 2, Almond 1.

WM – Danasia Dumas 12, Melanie Horne 16, Burchette 3, Little 4, Steele 2, Jasmine Diggs 11, Waddell 6.


South Stanly 52

East Montgomery 26

The South girls ended a three-game losing slide with a win at home against East Montgomery.

EM    8    6    6    6    26

SS    9    12    19    12    52

SS – Ashlyn Whitley 14, Chelsey Culp 13, Nance 8, Gaines 5, Allen 4, Curlee 4, Benjamin 4.

North Stanly 72

West Montgomery 51

North won its third straight game in a row with a big second half effort in a road win.

NS    13    18    16    25    72

WM    5    21    12    13    51

NS – Caulder 6, Atkins 7, Humphrey 5, Gibson 2, Stephen Misenheimer 26, Blalock 7, Reid 8, Almond 8.

WM – Tre’shuan Nicholson 10, Absher 2, Caleb Drake 16, Parter 3, Cole 5, Dumas 4, L. Horne 5, J. Horne 4.