The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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January 19, 2014

Albemarle, North Stanly post wins versus YVC East teams

Sunday, January 19, 2014 — With wins against teams from the East division of the Yadkin Valley Conference Friday, the varsity basketball squads of Albemarle and North Stanly have set the stage for a mid-season showdown Wednesday between the Bulldogs and Comets at North Stanly.

On the boys’ side, Albemarle and North are tied for the lead in the YVC West while the Bulldog girls trail North for first place in the standings.

Boys

North Stanly 45

East Montgomery 39

Despite scoring well below the team’s 68.8 points per game average Friday night agains the Eagles, the Comets got crucial defensive stops and pulled away in the final minutes for the six-point win.

Stephen Misenheimer led North (12-2) with 19 points.

The Comets shot 18-of-48 overall and hit just 25 percent in both the second and third quarters, but the defense of North held East Montgomery (3-9) to 28.6 percent overall (14-of-49).

East opened on an 8-0 run but the Comets responded with a 10-2 run over the next three minutes to pull ahead for good. The Eagles never trailed by double-digits until a fourth-quarter 8-0 Comet run put North up 45-34 with a minute left.

EM    13    7    7    12    39

NS    15    8    10    12    45

EM – Simmons 2, Caleb Hassell 11, Watts 5, Morrison 8, Damar Little 14.

NS – Caulder 5, Atkins 2, Gibson 2, 19, Burris 6, Blalock 8, Reid 3.

Albemarle 68

South Davidson 48

Senior guard Bryan Blanton had a solid night on the road in the Bulldogs’ fifth straight win, scoring 20 points in the win at South Davidson.

Blanton was 7-of-10 overall from the field and 4-of-5 from the three-point arc for Albemarle (12-1).

“We were not sharp defensively but a win on the road is always a good thing,” Albemarle head coach Al Andrew said.

A    22    18    18    10    68

SD    9    14    11    14    48

A – Bryan Blanton 20, Autry 9, Ratliff 9, Sellers 8, Ellis 7, Ridenhour 6, Nivens 4, Lilly 2, Harris 2, Swaringen 1.

SD – Shore 10, Ball 9, Collins 8, Glidewell 6, Gallimore 5, Hedrick 5, Hazelwood 3, Stevenson 2.

Girls

North Stanly 65

East Montgomery 38

The Comets shot well from the outside and cruised to a home win over the Eagles.

Gentry Grubb led North (7-4) with 23 points, including 13 points in the first half.

Aaliyah Scott added 11 points, including nine in the first half, and Weslyn Almond just missed a double-double with nine points and a team-high 10 assists.

North opened the game with a 10-2 run over the first 5:31 of the period and led the rest of the way.

EM    10    10    9    9    38

NS    21    15    12    17    65

EM – Quick 2, Thomas 2, Kiana Harris 11, Harrell 4, Hannah Watts 16, Villalobas 2, Greene 1.

NS – Gentry Grubb 23, Aaliyah Scott 11, Almond 9, Chandler 9, Beadle 4, Smith 3, Sells 2.

Albemarle 52

South Davidson 43

The Bulldogs got a tough road test Friday against a South Davidson program that has produced a number of recent conference championships.

Trailing by 13 at halftime, the Bulldogs turned the game around with a huge third quarter in a nine-point road win over the Wildcats.

Kyleigh McLendon led Albemarle (12-2) with 20 points and Akela Branch added another double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Albemarle was 19-of-55 overall from the field (35 percent) and shot 12-of-24 (50 percent) at the foul line.

Trailing 28-15 at halftime, the Bulldogs outscored South Davidson (10-5) 23-2 in the third period and went on to the win.

A    8    7    23    14    52

SD    14    14    2    13    43

A – Kyleigh McLendon 20, Akela Branch 15, Howard 9, Hudson 4, Currie 3, Bowman 1.

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