The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

December 3, 2012

Non-conference schedules continue for Stanly’s teams

By Charles Curcio and Dan O'Neal

Sunday, December 2, 2012 — Four of the five high school varsity basketball programs in Stanly County continued their seasons on Thursday and Friday nights with non-conference games.

Thursday’s Games


North Stanly 69

Mount Pleasant 39

North Stanly’s girls program under the direction of head coach Greg Speight has fielded teams over the years that create a larger number of shots on offense by getting steals and turnovers on defense.

Thursday’s home game with Mount Pleas-ant was no exception as the Comets had 25 steals in the game and overwhelmed the Tigers early enroute to a 69-39 win.

Jenna Huff had a strong night from the field in leading the Comets (2-1) with 18 points. Huff hit 8-of-14 from the field and also led with five assists.

Jenni Speight added 16 points including a 12-of-16 night at the foul line, and Gentry Grubb reached double figures with 10 points.

Sophomore Jordan Coley led Mount Pleasant (0-3) with eight points.

North Stanly just edged Mount in shooting percentage but took a greater number of shots.The Comets were 22-of-67 from the field (32.8 percent)  while Mount Pleasant was 15-of-47 (31.9 percent).

“I was pleased with the way we attacked their man-to-man defense. Our guards drove the ball to the basket and tried to score or make the pass to where the help came from,” Speight said.

Speight also talked about his team’s rebounding efforts.

“Defensively, I felt like our boxing out on rebounds is improving.”

The Comet girls get a rematch with North Moore on Monday night. The Mustangs handed North a 54-49 loss in the season opener for both teams.

MP    8    10    5    16    39

NS    21    20    15    13    69

MP – Coley 8, Gill 7, Hunt 6, Williams 6, Harper 4, Rhinehardt 4, Bost 3, Koldsbaek 1.

NS – Jenna Huff 18, Jenni Speight 16, Gentry Grubb 11, J. Poolos 6, Beadle 6, Chandler 4, A. Poolos 4, Scott 2, Vint 1.

Gray Stone 34

Pine Lake Prep 24

The Knight girls’ improved to 3-1 on the season in a low-scoring affair Thursday night over the Pride of Pine Lake Prep, winning 34-24.

Erin Ansbro led the Knights and all scorers with 12 points.

PL    2    3    11    8    24

GS    6    6    8    14    34

PL – Jaroseski 8, Coffiny 7, Burby 3, Harwood 2, Hill 2, Sharp 2.

GS – Erin Ansbro 12, Deese 6, Redman 5, Efird 4, Burris 3, Giles 2, Harward 1, Taylor 1.


Mount Pleasant 67

North Stanly 55

The North Stanly boys’ squad took their home floor Thursday night in search of their first win this season and built a lead over three solid quarters of effort against Mount Pleasant.

However, the Tigers’ got a huge final quarter from a senior guard to help the visiting squad stage a comeback as Mount Pleasant earned a 67-55 win at North.

Senior Trey Swaringen scored 22 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter for the Tigers (3-0).

Tyler Burris led North Stanly (0-3) with 13 points while T.J. Smith added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Elijah Greene also had 10 points, seven rebounds and three steals for the Comets.

Mount opened the game with a 12-5 run over the first 4:35 of the period, leading by as much as 17-6 with just under a minute remaining.

North rallied with buckets from Burris and Smith to cut the first-quarter deficit to six points, then put together a strong defensive second period. The Comets held the Tigers to just 2-of-12 from the floor while hitting 50 percent of their own shots. A Greene basket with seconds left in the second gave North a three-point halftime lead.

In the third, the Tigers struggled to hit shots from the field again, scoring on 2-of-11 from the field and 5-of-8 at the foul line, while North slowly built a double-digit lead into the fourth, leading 45-33 with 7:15 left in the game on a Burris three-pointer.

Swaringen then started driving to the lane and drawing fouls, which sparked a 12-0 run by the Tigers to tie the game. The senior knocked down 5-of-8 free throws over that one-minute run, then tied the game with a three-pointer at the 6:07 mark for a 45-45 score.

North rallied to keep the game close in the middle of the fourth, taking a 50-49 lead on a Stephen Misenheimer three, then later tying the game at 52-52 with two Kasey Caulder free throws with 2:47 left.

The Tigers then hit back-to-back three pointers and posted an 11-0 over the next minute to gain the victory.

MP    17    7    9    34    67

NS    11    16    13    15    55

MP – Trey Swaringen 28, Coble 9, Hunt 8, Parker 8, Green 5, Taylor 4, Chambers 2, Miller 2, Drake 1.

NS – Tyler Burris 13, Elijah Greene 10, T.J. Smith 10, Blalock 8, Misenheimer 7, Caulder 4.

Pine Lake Prep 63

Gray Stone 58

The Gray Stone boys’ hosted Pine Lake Prep on Thursday night for the team’s home opener of the 2012-13 season.

Ray Kowalski had another huge night for the Knights but the Pride hit free throws down the stretch to earn a 63-58 win.

Kowalski led Gray Stone (0-3) with 28 points while Alex Wang added 11.

Jack Hayes paced the Pride (1-0) with 15 points and Austin Pirkle added 12.

The Knights trailed by 10 points after three quarters but went on a 14-5 run in the fourth to cut the lead down to 52-51 with 2:38 left on the clock.

Pine Lake closed out the game by knocking down six out of six free throws in the final minute for the win.

PL    17    14    16    16    63

GS    8    10    19    21    58

PL – Jack Hayes 15, Austin Pirkle 12, Thornton 9, Kolesar 9, Sims 9, Dixon 5, Hillman 5, Self 1.

GS – Ray Kowalski 28, Alex Wang 11, Lantz 6, Singletary 6, Latimer 4, Huckabee 3.

Friday’s Games


Cox Mill 51

South Stanly 28

The South girls went on the road Friday night and suffered their first loss of the season 51-28 to the Cox Mill Chargers.

Chelsey Culp led the Bulls (1-1) with 11 points while Clancy Russell added five.

Cox Mill point guard Taylor Sehm-Crowley led the Chargers with 22 points and Aaliyan Earl added 14.

The aggressive defense of the Chargers disrupted South’s offense most of the night, according to head coach Larry Honeycutt, while Sehm-Crowley shot consistently from the outside and drove to the lane.

“We played hard tonight but came up short,” Honeycutt said.

The Bulls open play in the Yadkin Valley Conference on Tuesday night on the road at North Moore.

SS    5    11    2    10    28

CM    13    11    17    10    51

Cox Mill 51

South Stanly 28

The South girls went on the road Friday night and suffered their first loss of the season]ard tonight but came up short,” Honeycutt said.

The Bulls open play in the Yadkin Valley Conference on Tuesday night on the road at North Moore.

GS    7    15    9    14    45

QG    25    16    9    19    69

GS – Giles 8, Harrington 7, Ansbro 5, Harward 5, Cadle 4, Redman 4, Deese 4, Sullivan 3.

QG – Ray Kowalski 28, Alex Wang 11, Lantz 6, Singletary 6, Latimer 4, Huckabee 3.

NW Cabarrus 58

West Stanly 31

As fall sports draw to a close with the NCHSAA Football championships taking place this weekend, winter sports are once again ushered in at the high school level.

High school basketball has commenced, and the gym at West Stanly was very close to full capacity with great enthusiasm from supporters of both schools.

The West Stanly Lady Colts began their season recently against Central Cabarrus two nights ago and were hoping to rebound from losing their first contest. Though the Lady Colts kept it close for three quarters, they came up short again by falling to the Lady Trojans of Northwest Cabarrus by the count of 48-31.

For almost 22 minutes, the scoring kept going back and forth. The Lady Trojans would never relinquish their lead from the first frame. However, the Lady Colts would keep the score within close range being only down by four after the third period.

In the fourth quarter, the Lady Trojans went into a spread offense set, which made it difficult for West Stanly to defend. The spread offense led to easy baskets and the only scoring in the final period by West was a lay-up by Kayla Chapman.

Macey Webb of West led all scorers with 17 points. Northwest Cabarrus was paced by Jasmine Davis with 15 points along with Ramesha Bennett who chipped in with 14.

“We started off well. In the second half, we had difficulty scoring baskets. We did not match up well with their speed and quickness and we need to develop more scoring production,” Colts head coach Wesley Kidd said.

West Stanly hosts Sun Valley on Tuesday.

NW    13    14    6    15    48

WS    9    14    6    2    31

NW – Davis 15, Bennett 14, Bost 11, Grant 3, McNeil 2, Smith 2, Dixon 1

WS – Macey Webb 17, Kayla Chapman 4, Meredith Summers 4, Devan Fincher 3, Sarah Talley 2, Emily Morgan 1


NW Cabarrus 77

West Stanly 70

The West boys were seeking to rebound from their season-opening loss to as they took on Northwest Cabarrus. After a lovely rendition of the national anthem by a young lady named Cassidy who kept the West Stanly scorebook, the two squads would go at it hard all evening long.

Through four quarters, the Colts kept coming after the Trojans. However, like the Lady Trojans beforehand, the spread offense, which seems to be a NW Cabarrus trademark, proved to be a deciding factor as they topped West Stanly by the score of 77-70.

In the first quarter, B.J. Hill, fully recovered from his football injury, along with Ryan McCormick, got the sparks flying in the first few minutes of the first quarter. McCormick's 3-pointer early on got the large capacity crowd cheering loudly along with Hill muscling his way through Trojans defenders with two easy layups.

Those served to be motivation for the Trojans as they would score quick baskets, enabling them to jump out to a seven point lead at the end of the quarter.

During the second quarter, both squads pretty much exchanged baskets. It did not help the Colts cause having Hill, who was the leading scorer for the game, on the bench with three personal fouls. Hill’s absence in the second frame enabled the Trojans to penetrate in the paint more consistently.

In the second half, the Trojans stretched their lead to 12. West chopped away at the lead in the fourth with Hill scoring eight along with Jace Helms connecting on a three ball that cut the margin to six.

From there, Trojans shooting guards J.D. Murray and Andrew Weeks, connected on key baskets  to close out the game.

“I’m proud of the way our guys kept battling. It was a big improvement from Wednesday night but we still need to improve on the defensive end,” Colts head coach John Thompson said.

NW    25    18    19    15    77

WS    18    16    18    18    70

NW – Andrew Wheet 22, J.D. Murray 17, Spencer 13, King 8, Beatty 7, Rucker 5, M. Wheet 5

WS – B.J. Hill 23, Ryan McCormick 13, Baron Whitley 13, Barbee 6, Helms 5, Eudy 4, Martin 4, Burgess 2.