The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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December 14, 2012

South Stanly boys earn first win of season; West sweeps two games at Mount Pleasant

Friday, December 14, 2012 — With less than two weeks left before the Christmas break, the basketball teams of Stanly County continued their schedule this week with games on Monday and Tuesday.

Tuesday’s Games


West Montgomery 58

Albemarle 54

A back-and-forth contest between two Yadkin Valley Conference teams took place on Tuesday night when the Albemarle girls travelled to West Montgomery to face the Warriors.

Albemarle led by as much as 12 points before the host Warriors tied the game at the third-quarter ending buzzer and took command in the fourth in a 58-54 loss for the Bulldogs.

Akela Branch had a huge night for the Bulldogs (0-3, 0-3 YVC) with 29 points and 14 rebounds, just missing the triple-double with nine blocks. Branch was 12-of-22 from the field and 5-of-11 at the free-throw line.

As a team, the Bulldogs shot 22-of-68 from the field (32.4 percent) and struggled at the foul line, hitting just 8-of-29 (27.6 percent).

Albemarle led 26-14 in the second quarter, but West Montgomery (2-3, 2-1 YVC) tied the game at the end of the third quarter on a Zadaisha Young-Waddell runner at the buzzer.

West’s Latoya Cuthrell scored a number of points on offensive rebounds for the Warriors in the fourth quarter. West led by as much as 58-51 in the final 20 seconds of the game.

A    7    21    11    15    54

WM    7    11    21    19    58

A –  Akela Branch 29, Currie 8, McLendon 6, Hall 4, Dick 3, Barrino 2, Bruton 2.

Chatham Central 54

Gray Stone 37

The Gray Stone girls’ squad dropped to a game under .500 in the Yadkin Valley Conference with a 54-37 loss Tuesday night at home to Chatham Central.

Kate Sullivan led the Knights (4-4, 1-2 YVC) with nine points, all coming in the second half.

For the Bears, Ashley Hudson led the Bears with 17 points with Jordan Culberson adding 10 points.

The Bears opened the game with a 10-2 run over the first 3:28 of the game, forcing a Gray Stone timeout. Chatham then built a 20-point lead with a 10-0 run over the final five minutes of the period.

Gray Stone narrowed the lead to 15 points several times during the second half but got no closer to the Bears despite a full-court press that forced several Chatham turnovers in the second half.

CC    22    7    13    12    54

GS    2    8    10    17    37

CC –  Brown 4, Maness 2, Ashley Hudson 17, Moody 5, Jordan Culberson 10, Cole 9, Cotton 3, Batten 4.

GS –  Harward 5, Deese 2, Taylor 5, Everhart 1, Ansbro 6, Burris 3, Sullivan 9, Cadle 2, Efird 4.

West Stanly 52

Mount Pleasant 47

The West Stanly girls’ squad evened their record to 3-3 overall with a 52-47 road win at Mount Pleasant on Tuesday.

More information on the game will appear in a future edition of the paper.


Albemarle 69

West Montgomery 52

A strong start by the Albemarle boys’ basketball squad lifted the Bulldogs to their second Yadkin Valley Conference win in a row on Tuesday with a 69-52 road win at West Montgomery.

Deon Christian led three in double figures for Albemarle (2-1, 2-1 YVC) with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Rashaad Baldwin added 14 points off the bench for the ‘Dogs, while T’Kyle Williams had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Caleb Drake led the Warriors (2-4, 2-1) with 15 points.

Albemarle opened the game with an early run and led by 12 after one quarter, but foul trouble crept up on the ‘Dogs as Albemarle went over the foul limit in the first period.

The fouls allowed the Warriors to keep the game close at the line in the second period as 12 of West Montgomery’s 18 points in the second came at the foul line.

West pulled to within 10 points in the second but the Warriors went cold in the third and Albemarle led by as much as 17 in the third quarter.

Baldwin scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, regarding which Albemarle head coach Al Andrew to say that Baldwin “really was our offense” in the second half, adding that he thought it was Baldwin’s best game.

Albemarle dominated the rebounding numbers Tuesday night as the Bulldogs had 54 total rebounds, including 26 offensive boards. The Warriors had 29 rebounds in the game, including 15 offensive boards.

The Bulldogs host West Stanly tonight in a non-conference game, then travel to North Moore on Friday night for a Yadkin Valley Conference game.

A    18    16    9    26    69

WM    6    18    5    23    52

A –  Deon Christian 17, Rashaad Baldwin 14, T’Kyle Williams 11, Blanton 2, Brown 3, Currie 2, Crowder 4, Nivens 1, Ridenhour 9, Autry 6.

WM –  Caleb Drake 15, McKenzie 6, Absher 2, Morse 3, Kindle 4, Cole 9, Sims 4, Little 3, Burnett 2.

South Stanly 63

East Montgomery 62

Hosting the East Montgomery Eagles on Tuesday night, the South Stanly boys’ team earned the first varsity head coaching victory for Mike Crump in a 63-62 win over the Eagles.

The starting backcourt duo of Wes Smith and Michard Richardson led the Rebel Bulls (1-4, 1-1 YVC) with 21 and 18, respectively.

Ahmad Baldwin led three in double figures for East Montgomery (3-5, 20-1) with 16 points.

With the lead late, two drawn charges by Juwan Johnson and Dylan Starnes helped preserve the win.

South Stanly hosts Gray Stone on Friday night.

EM    15    12    15    20    62

SS    22    13    17    10    63

EM –  Ahmad Baldwin 16, Christopher Robinson 11, Damar Little 11, Scott 8, Reza 6, Morrison 5, Durham 4, Lancaster 1.

SS –  Wes Smith 21, Michard Richardson 18, Johnson 8, Granados 6, Smith 5, Starnes 3, Burris 2.

Chatham Central 62

Gray Stone 42

The visiting Chatham Central Bears opened up a double-digit lead in the opening quarter at Gray Stone and went on to a 62-42 YVC win.

Ray Kowalski led the Knights (0-8, 0-3 YVC) with 16 points, while Jeremy Kerr and Zach Burke each scored 16 to lead the Bears (1-4, 1-1).

In the first quarter, the Bears led 5-4 before a 10-3 run over the next four minutes helped Chatham build a 15-7 lead with 2:07 left in the first.

Gray Stone struggled for points in the second quarter, getting just one Kowalski basket and a free throw from Alex Wang as the Bears built a 25-point lead at halftime.

CC    23    16    12    11    62

GS    11    3    17    11    42

CC – J. Kerr 16, Zach Burke 16, Phillips 8, Polston 4, Moore 4, Teague 8, Harris 6, Mitchell 5.

GS –  Latimer 5, Wang 5, Latz 3, R. Huckabee 5, Mansfield 1, Singletary, 3, HillJennings 2, Ray Kowalski 16.

West Stanly 68

Mount Pleasant 52

The West Stanly boys’ squad won their second game in three nights on Tuesday night with a non-conference road win at Mount Pleasant.

B.J Hill led the Colts (2-4) with 25 points and 15 rebounds, including a strong 13-of-17 night at the free throw line. Ryan McCormick added 17 for the Colts with four assists.

West built a 19 point lead by the halftime break enroute to the win.

”I was pleased with our offensive unselfishness, especially in the first half. Our rebounding and defense were a little better; I challenged the guys at practice Monday and they responded well,” West head coach John Thompson said.

West Stanly travels to Albemarle tonight.

Monday’s Games


Cuthbertson 43

North Stanly 38

The North Stanly girls’ basketball squad lost their second straight Rocky River Conference game in a row on Monday night with a five-point loss at home to Cuthbertson.

Gentry Grubb led the Comets (4-3, 0-2 RRC) with 17 points, including three shots made from behind the three-point arc. Jenni Speight added 10 points and Dana Beadle led the Comets with six rebounds.

Mara Arnold knocked down 5-of-7 shots from three-point land to lead the Cavaliers with 15 points.

“Defensively, we played well; Cuthbertson was very patient on offense, which slowed the game down,” North head coach Greg Speight said.

Speight also said that the size advantage that the Cavaliers had led to some key offensive rebounds and points for the visiting team.

North Stanly’s teams travel to East Rowan tonight.

C    12    7    12    10    43

NS    7    13    12    6    38

C –  Mara Arnold 15, Helms 9, Burks 8, Carlson 6, Ingram 3, Cashman 2.

NS –  Gentry Grubb 17, Jenni Speight 10, Beadle 4, J. Poolos 4, Huff 3.

Cuthbertson 113

North Stanly 40

The Cuthbertson boys’ squad travelled to North Stanly on Monday night looking to stay undefeated in hopes of a return to the state finals. The Cavs opened with a 21-0 run enroute to the win at the Comets.

Cuthbertson’s 113 points set a new mark for points in a game, breaking the previous mark of 106.

Kasey Caulder led the Comets (2-5, 1-2 RRC) with 13 points, including a strong 7-of-8 performance at the free-throw line, while T.J. Smith added 10 points and five rebounds.

The Cavaliers opened the game with a 21-0 run, hitting 43-of-78 from the field and 20-of-28 for free throws in the game. North hit 12-of-43 in the game (27.9 percent) and was 14-of-24 at the foul line.

C    31    34    20    28    113

NS    7    17    11    5    40

C –  Zack Chitwood 26, Justin Austin 18, Jorden Hardrick 13, Emmitt Afam 11, Lucius McMillion 11, Barnes 9, DesLaurieers 9, Cureton 9, Pandoli 7.

NS –  Kasey Caulder 13, T.J. Smith 10, Blalock 4, Gibson 3, Misenheimer 3, Owens 3, Greene 2, Reid 2.

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