By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor
Friday, November 30, 2012 —
The high school varsity basketball season opened for the South Stanly varsity squads on Wednesday night with two home games against the Central Academy Cougars from Monroe.
South Stanly 56
Central Academy 48
The South Stanly girls’ squad overcame an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter and earned the first win for Larry Honeycutt as the head coach for the Bulls since his return to the coaches’ box, winning 56-48 over the Cougars.
South (1-0) placed three in double figures in scoring, led by Bailyn Allen’s 19 points. Gabby Benjamin and Chelsey Culp added 14 points each.
Two players reached double figures for Central Academy (1-2), with Alyssa Carbone leading with 12 points and Amber Isley adding 11.
During a hard-fought first half, Central Academy built a four-point halftime lead with several makes behind the three-point arc while South struggled from the floor.
The Bulls trailed by 11 after three quarters, but South exploded for 24 fourth-quarter points and held the Cougars to just six. Culp and Allen made several key baskets and free throws in the final period to seal the win.
“I am very proud of how hard we played the whole game. Even when we were down we didn't quit and when we began making some shots we gained confidence in the fourth quarter,” Honeycutt said.
The Bulls travel to Cox Mill Friday.
CA 15 12 16 6 48
SS 15 8 9 24 56
Central Academy 74
South Stanly 62
The South boys’ squad kept the game close late, but the young visiting Central squad held off the Bulls late for a 74-62 win.
Junior Ryan Grigston led the Cougars (2-1) and all scorers with 26 points, while Hazoud Courtlandt and Deshawn Morrison each added 11 points.
Dylan Starnes scored 13 points, all in a fourth-quarter rally attempt, to lead South Stanly (0-1).
Luke Burris had a double-double for the Bulls as well Wednesday with 10 points and 15 rebounds.
New head coach Mike Crump said that two positives the team can take away from the game would be balanced scoring attack and getting contributions. off the bench.
“We have got to learn to cut down on our turnovers and relax on the court,” Crump said.
“I feel that we can learn from this [game] and become a better team.”
Crump also said that his goal as the head coach is to build a winning mentality at South Stanly, adding that playing against his team “is not taking a night off. If teams beat us, they will have to work for it.”
CA 17 19 22 16 74
SS 7 17 16 22 62
CA – Ryan Grigston 26, Hazoud Courtlandt 11, Deshawn Morrison 11, Threatt 9, Hamilton 5, Daughety 4, Donaldson 4, Fisher 4, Daniel 2,
SS – Richardson 8, Juwan Johnson 10, Smith 9, Luke Burris 10, Harris 2, T. Smith 4, Granados 4, Dylan Starnes 13, Brewer 2.