The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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January 10, 2013

Bulldog teams keep win streaks alive over Gray Stone; Bulls swept by North Rowan

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Thursday, January 10, 2013 — Girls’

Albemarle 45

Gray Stone 34

The Albemarle girls’ basketball squad have reversed their earlier trend this season by winning three in a row including a 45-34 road win Tuesday at Gray Stone.

Akela Branch just missed another double-double this season for Albemarle (3-8, 2-5 YVC), finishing with 22 points and nine rebounds.

Kendall Taylor led the Knights (4-8, 1-6) with 10 points.

Both teams struggled to score in the game, with the Bulldogs shooting 15-of-53 overall (28 percent).

Free-throw shooting was a struggle as well for both squads. Albemarle was 13-of-28 (46.4 percent) at the foul line while Gray Stone shot 5-of-14 (35.7 percent).

In the first half, neither team was able to score consistently as the Knights hit just three shots from the field while Albemarle connected six times.

The Bulldogs opened the game scoring the first seven points, but the Knights cut the lead twice in the first half to three points.

Albemarle scored the final six points of the third quarter to lead 28-19 and led by 11 points two minutes into the fourth period. Gray Stone got as close as four points midway through the fourth, but the Bulldogs pushed the final margin back to double digits.

The Bulldogs travel to Chatham Central (4-8, 3-3) on Friday night while Gray Stone goes to North Moore (8-5, 3-3).

A    8    9    11    17    45

GS    4    6    9    10    34

A –  Akela Branch 22, Currie 8, Barrino 5, McLendon 4, Hudson 4, Hall 2.

GS – Harward 4, Deese 6, Kendall Taylor 10, Ansbro 8, Redman 3, Giles 1, Sullivan 2.

North Rowan 54

South Stanly 39

The South Stanly Rebel Bulls girls’ basketball team took to their home floor on Tuesday night against a North Rowan squad that was among the top teams in the Yadkin Valley Conference standings.

South played the Cavaliers tough, leading at halftime, but a third-quarter run helped the visitors earn a 54-39 win over the Bulls.

Ashlyn Whitley led South (2-10, 1-5 YVC) with 11 points.

Against South’s 2-1-2 zone, North Rowan (6-5, 5-1) struggled early to make shots from the outside, hitting just one three-pointer in the first half.

The Bulls rebounded well and penetrated North’s man-to-man defense well in the first half, according to South head coach Larry Honeycutt.

North went on a 14-point run in the third and started hitting from the outside, outscoring South 26-7 in the third.

South Stanly travels to South Davidson (10-2, 7-0) on Friday night.

NR    6    7    26    15    54

SS    9    14    7    9    39

SS –  Ashlyn Whitley 11, Culp 7, S. Russell 7, C. Russell 6, Nance 4, Benjamin 2, Smith 2.

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