The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

December 10, 2012

West Stanly sweeps at South Stanly; Albemarle boys win big, girls downed

By Charles Curcio and Dan O'Neal
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Monday, December 10, 2012 — Non-conference play continued for some of the high school varsity basketball teams from Stanly County on Thursday and Friday nights, while others opened conference play this week.

South Stanly hosted West Stanly in non-conference action on Thursday, and three Stanly teams were at home Friday, with North Stanly opening conference play Friday on the road at Forest Hills.

Thursday’s Games

Girls

West Stanly 48

South Stanly 41

The West Stanly girls took the court Thursday at South Stanly looking to put together two wins in a row after suffering two losses in a row to start the season, while the Rebel Bulls looked to end a short losing streak.

West got a big night from senior guard Devan Fincher, whose touch from the outside lifted the Colts to a 48-41 win at South.

Fincher knocked down five three-pointers in the game, including a barrage late in the second quarter, finishing with a game-high 17 points for West Stanly (2-2)

Clancy Russell scored 13 points to lead South Stanly (1-3).

The Colts opened the game scoring six of the first eight points, forcing a South timeout. West led by as much as 11 in the period before a late Clancy Russell basket made the difference nine points after one quarter.

The Bulls rallied to cut the lead to two points with 2:10 left in the second quarter after the Colts missed on their first seven shots from the field in the frame. Fincher then caught fire in the final 1:10 of the second with a trio of three-pointers to push the halftime lead for West to 11.

South again made a push to even the score when a Gabby Benjamin bucket with 4:53 in the third pulled the Bulls to within eight.

West maintained the lead the rest of the game, leading by as much as 13 in the final period. A Bailyn Allen three with 27.7 left cut the lead to five but South got no closer.

“We ran our offense better tonight,” West head coach Wesley Kidd said, adding that his team was able to run their motion sets all the way through and took their time on the offensive end.

South Stanly returns to Yadkin Valley Conference play Tuesday at home against East Montgomery.

WS    13    13    10    12    48

SS    4    11    13    13    41

WS –  Devan Fincher 17, Moses 9, Furr 7, Webb 5, Morgan 4, Summers 2, Chapman 2, Brown 2.

SS –  Clancy Russell 13, Bailyn Allen 11, Benjamin 8,     Whitley 7, S. Russell 2, Culp 1.

Boys

West Stanly 58

South Stanly 49

With the longest non-conference schedule of the high school varsity teams in Stanly County, the West Stanly boys’ long road to conference play continued Thursday night with a road game at South Stanly.

Having played three home games against larger-sized schools, the Colts faced a Rebel Bulls’ squad looking for their first win under first-year head coach Mike Crump.

West got a solid night from junior center B.J. Hill and the Colts notched their first win of the season 58-49 over South Stanly.

Hill led West (1-3) with 17 points, 11 of which came in the first half. Baron Whitley added 11 for the Colts, including a pair of three-pointers in the fourth.

Machard Richardson paced the Bulls (0-3) and led all scorers in the game with 25 points.

West jumped out to a fast 13-4 star in the first quarter before South went on a 10-0 run to take a one-point lead with 37.2 seconds left on a Richardson basket.

After the Colts built the lead back to seven, the Bulls pulled to within two points with 3:02 left in the second on a Luke Burris basket. West finished the quarter on a 9-3 push to lead by eight at halftime.

South started the second half strong, outscoring West 9-1 over the first three minutes, with a Dylan Starnes basket tying the game 32-32 at the 5:02 mark.

The Colts answered with a strong inside-outside game as Hill was able to score in the post or, when double teamed, kicked the ball out to open shooters who knocked down shots. West pushed the lead to seven and eventually led by six at the end of the third

West put the game out of South’s reach in the fourth, opening with a 7-0 run and leading by as much as 14 in the final period.

“We challenged them to play better defense; South was making the hustle plays,” West head coach John Thompson said in reference to the first half.

Thompson also credited the play of Colby Grubbs off the bench, saying that Grubbs gave the team “a lot of energy” in the second half. Grubbs finished with six second-half points.

Regarding the team’s long non-conference schedule against tougher opponents, Thompson said that “our conference is so tough that we have to play tougher teams” in reference to the Rocky River Conference.

WS    15    16    13    14    58

SS    14    9    15    11    49

WS –  B.J Hill 17, Baron Whitley 11, Martin 7, Rowe 7, Grubbs 6, McCormick 4, Eudy 3, Hathcock 3.

SS –  Machard Richardson 25, W. Smith 6, Starnes 5, Burris 4, T. Smith 4, Johnson 3, Granados 2.

Friday’s Games

Girls

West Montgomery 60

Gray Stone 19

The Gray Stone girls’ basketball squad hosted West Montgomery in a Yadkin Valley Conference game Friday night. Even though the Gray Stone girls played with great heart, they were overmatched by the Lady Warriors with height and quickness in a 60-19 loss.

Through all quarters, West Montgomery utilized a 2-2-1 full court press. This continuous pressure defense forced numerous turnovers by Gray Stone.

The Lady Warriors also had a wide rebound margin and followed most of their missed shots.

In the latter part of the final three periods, the Lady Warriors went into a spread offense which would limit the amount of possessions for the Lady Knights, even though the Lady Knights cut West's lead to 13 at the 6:41 mark of the third.

“They beat us at every aspect of the game,” Gray Stone Day Girls Coach Robert Stack said.

WM    13    13    16    18    60

GS    3    6    6    4    19

WM – Cuthrell 13, Diggs 12, Dumas 11, Lindsey 9, Steele 6, Morris 5, Johnson 2, Covington 2.

GS –  Harward 6, Deese 4, Redman 4, Sullivan 2, Cadle 2, Ansboro 1.

South Davidson 77

Albemarle 54

The Albemarle Bulldogs varsity girls’ team, playing just their second game of the season, faced a talented South Davidson squad coming off a 21-7 season that returned their entire roster from last season.

Albemarle kept pace with the Wildcats into the early moments of the third quarter, but South Davidson pulled away in the second half for a 77-54 win.

Madison Beeson led South Davidson (3-0, 2-0 YVC) with 24 points including 5-of-9 from the three-point arc. Larsen Sigmon added 20 points.

Akela Branch led Albemarle (0-2, 0-2) with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while freshman Kyleigh McLendon had 18 points and five steals.

Albemarle overcame ae an early 9-3 deficit and led by as much as five points late in the second quarter 33-28. The Wildcats rallied to tie the game 33-33 at halftime.

In the third, with the score tied 39-39, South Davidson exploded for a 9-0 run and built a 13-point lead by the end of the period.

The Wildcats continued to press the Bulldogs in the fourth, scoring a number of times in transition.

Albemarle travels to West Montgomery Tuesday.

SD    16    17    27    17    77    

A    12    21    14    7    54

SD –  Madison Beeson 24, Larsen Sigmon 20, Addie Grubb 10, Wall 9, M. Sigmon 4, H. Sigmon 4, Strother 2.

A –  Akela Branch 20, Kyleigh McLendon 18, Currie 7, Bruton 7, Dick 2.

Boys

Albemarle 83

South Davidson 37

The Albemarle boys’ basketball squad rebounded from an opening loss Wednesday to North Rowan with a Yadkin Valley Conference win Friday over South Davidson.

Every Bulldog in the scorebook scored for Albemarle (1-1, 1-1 YVC) in the game, with Lee Autry’s 15 points leading the way.

Midway through a low-scoring first quarter, the Bulldogs went on a 14-0 run over a two-minute span to lead 14-2 with 2:31 on the clock.

Albemarle continued to get easy baskets in transition in the second and force the Wildcats into turnovers with a halfcourt trap. Albemarle outscored South 53-16 over the next two quarters.

“We played hard and did some good things, but we have a long way to go,” Albemarle head coach Al Andrew said.

The Albemarle coach also credited the play of Autry, saying that it was “one of the best games of his career” adding that “he ran the floor well.”

On Tuesday, the Bulldogs travel to West Montgomery.

SD    10    10    6    11    37

A    18    33    20    12    83

SD –  Trent Shore 15, Collins 8, Cornelison 4, Hazelwood 3, Stevenson 3, Dondle 2, Needham 2.

A –  Lee Autry 15, T’Kyle Williams 13, Trey Nivens 12, Ellis 7, Ridenhour 7, Baldwin 6, Currie 6, Blanton 5, Brown 4, Christian 4, Crowder 3, Dumas 1

West Montgomery 64

Gray Stone 45

After the opening tipoff of Gray Stone’s home YVC game Friday, visiting West Montgomery raced out quickly to a 10-2 lead in the first three minutes and never looked looked back.

There was a moment in the second frame where Knights leading scorer Roy Kowalski would connect on a three ball to bring them within 10.

However, the Warriors (2-3, 2-0 YVC), who held a 41-21 rebounding edge over the Knights, would broaden their lead and go on to a 64-45 win.

Ray Kowalski was the leading Knight who paced Gray Stone (0-7, 0-2) with 22 points.  

“I was disappointed in our play after Tuesday night. They hurt us inside and we are not a one-on-one team. We're a young team with no seniors and we will improve with each game we play,” Gray Stone head coach Myron Harrington said.

Gray Stone will host Chatham Central on Tuesday night.

WM    20    14    19    11    64

GS    8    9    16    12    45

WM –  Drake 24, S. Little 16, Marshall 6, Absher 6, Awong-Cole 4,  Morse 2, Kindle 2, Burnette 2, Sims 2

GS –  Kowalski 22, Lantz 8, Latimer 6, Will Huckabee 4, Hill-Jennings 3 Wang 2.