By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor
Sunday, February 2, 2014 —
The wintry weather across the Carolinas finally eased enough on Friday night to allow the basketball teams of Stanly County to return to action, some not having played or practiced much if at all this week.
Albemarle 85, S. Stanly 59
The Bulldogs maintained their spot tied for first place in the Yadkin Valley Conference West standings and held off a strong South effort, pulling away in the second half for the road win.
Andre Ridenhour and Laquavius Ratliff each scored 17 points to lead Albemarle (15-1, 7-0 YVC-W). Ridenhour was 8-of-14 from the field while Ratliff was 8-for-18 overall.
Terrace Ellis added 13 points including two three-pointers, and Lee Autry added 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting.
Wes Smith had a big scoring night for South Stanly (2-14, 0-6), scoring 28 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the field, including four makes behind the three-point arc.
From the free-throw line, Albemarle was 11-of-24 while the Bulls did not attempt a free throw in the game.
The Bulldogs came just short of attempting 100 shots in the game, finishing 34-of-95 overall (36 percent) while South was 26-of-50 overall (52 percent).
Albemarle opened with a 13-2 run over the first 2:09 of the period and led by 10 after one quarter, but South cut the Bulldogs’ lead down to seven points with 5:46 left in the second on a Smith bucket.
The Bulls pulled to within eight in the third before a 14-6 run over a four-minute stretch in the third put the Bulldogs up by 19.
South again cut into a big Albemarle lead in the fourth, reducing a 23-point deficit to 15 before the Bulldogs finished the game with the Albemarle bench players going on an 11-0 run over the final two minutes for the game’s final score.
“We were ragged the whole game; in spurts, we played well,” Albemarle head coach Al Andrew said.
The Bulldog coach added that conditioning probably gets hurt with inactivity, and also credited South Stanly, whom Andrew said “played well and did good things.”
Albemarle hosts West Montgomery on Tuesday, then travels to Union Academy on Wednesday and plays at West Montgomery on Thursday.
South Stanly has a busy week of games as well, starting Monday at Union Academy. The Bulls then play Chatham Central at home on Tuesday, Friday at East Montgomery and then a rare Saturday afternoon matchup with Queen’s Grant. Saturday’s games start at 12:30 p.m.
A 23 14 24 24 85
SS 13 14 12 20 59
A – Andre Ridenhour 17, Laquavius Ratliff 17, Terrace Ellis 13, Lee Autry 10, Blanton 7, Nivens 7, Baldwin 4, Harris 4, Lilly 4, Sellers 2.
SS – Wes Smith 28, Harris 4, Starnes 7, Granados 8, Smith 3, Holt 2, Lomax 4, Liverman 3.
West Stanly 69, Parkwood 63
The Colts ended a five-game losing streak and earned their first Rocky River Conference win of the season at home Friday in a six-point win over the Rebels.
Colton Hathcock and Trey Barbee each led West Stanly (5-13, 1-4 RRC) with 13 points each. Baron Whitley had 10 points for the Colts, including two three-pointers, and Charlie Eudy posted a double-double for West with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
West Stanly jumped out to a nine-point lead after the first quarter and led by as much as 21 points in the third period, before the Rebels (8-9, 2-3) rallied to cut the lead to 10 at the start of the fourth.
Parkwood continued the rally in the final period, cutting the lead to three with a minute left, but Whitley went 4-of-4 at the foul line in the final minute to secure the win.
“I was proud at how we persevered even as they made that run down the stretch. Parkwood is a good team, very athletic and well coached,” West head coach John Thompson said.
“The energy from our bench was great. Our post guys played very well,” the West coach said, noting Eudy’s statline and Hathcock’s efforts.
West Stanly has a three-game home stand this week starting with Monday night versus Mount Pleasant.
P 8 14 18 23 63
WS 17 14 18 20 69
WS – Smith 3, Trey Barbee 13, Morgan 2, Rowe 8, Baron Whitley 10, Burgess 2, Charlie Eudy 10, McCormick 8, Colton Hathcock 13.
North Stanly 65 Union Acad. 60
The Comets kept pace with the Bulldogs for first place in the YVC West with a five-point road win at Union Academy.
Stephen Misenheimer led North (14-3, 6-1 YVC-W) with 25 points and Zac Almond added 14.
Ben Killion led Union Academy (7-10, 2-3) and all scorers with 30 points.
“We were lucky to get of here with the win tonight,” North Stanly head coach Chris Misenheimer said, adding that “we must do a better job on defense.”
North hosts North Moore on Tuesday and goes to South Davidson on Friday.
NS 17 11 21 16 65
UA 12 15 14 19 60
NS – Caulder 8, Atkins 9, Burris 2, Stephen Misenheimer 25, Burris 7, Zac Almond 14.
UA – Ben Killion 30, Beeson 3, Will Walters 13, Guillot 6, Pautz 4, Brown 4.
Albemarle 69, S. Stanly 50
Two players on the Bulldogs’ girls’ basketball team have received much notoriety due to their scoring averages, but the team’s leader in assists, Tiffani Currie, is one player that Albemarle coach Eric Davis said “is very important for us.”
Currie had another solid night as Albemarle pushed their win streak to 12 games with the win. The junior had 15 points, four assists and five steals for Albemarle.
Kyleigh McLendon led the Bulldogs (15-2, 6-1 YVC-W) with 21 points and Akela Branch added 19 points and 17 rebounds.
Chesley Culp paced the Bulls (3-12, 1-5) with 12 points.
South came out strong to start the game, taking a 6-2 lead in the first three minutes and leading by as much as five points with 4:06 left in the first period.
Albemarle rallied with a 9-3 push to tie the game before a Rachel Nance bucket in the final 15 seconds put the Bulls up by two after one quarter.
South’s offense went cold over the first six minutes of the second half as the Bulldogs retook the lead with 12 straight points.
A huge offensive third quarter pushed Albemarle out to a 22-point lead after three quarters enroute to the win.
Regarding Currie, Coach Davis said that she “is the underrated player for us this year” and that she “came out well for us” in Friday’s win, adding that her composure is important to the team.
A 12 14 28 15 69
SS 14 6 10 20 50
A – Kyleigh McLendon 21, Akela Branch 19, Tiffani Currie 15, Hudson 4, Montigue 4, Donnally 3, Smith 2, Howard 1.
SS – Chelsey Culp 12, Smith 8, Gaines 8, Benjamin 8, Whitley 4, Allen 4, Gaines 4, Nance 2.
North Stanly 50, Union Aca. 38
The Comets stayed in second place a game behind Albemarle in the YVC West standings with a 12-point road win Friday.
Gentry Grubb led North (14-3, 6-1) with 25 points, hitting a perfect 7-for-7 from the field and 9-of-12 at the foul line.
Aaliyah Scott and Hailey Chandler each added 10 points for the Comets in the win.
NS 10 12 8 20 50
UA 6 10 11 11 38
NS – Gentry Grubb 25, Aaliyah Scott 10, Hailey Chandler 10, Beadle 2, Smith 2, Hogan 1.
Gray Stone 49, Queen’s Gr. 20
The Knights girls made it three wins in four games with a home win Friday night over the Stallions after winning on Monday at East Montgomery.
Jordan Redman led the Knights (10-7, 5-2 YVC West) with 11 points.
QG 1 12 3 4 20
GS 18 17 2 10 47
QG – May 12, Hopkins 3, Ketcham 3, Leimer 2.
GS – Jordan Redman 11, Giles 8, Allsbrook 6, Boss 6, Efird 5, Sullivan 4, Ansbro 3, Everhart 2, Burkett 2.
Parkwood 62, W. Stanly 25
The Colts fell to 4-13 overall and 1-4 in the Rocky River Conference with a home loss to the Rebels.
P 15 15 16 15 61
WS 9 5 8 3 25
NS – Abby Lathon 3, Brown 9, Jillian Geehring 10, Brittany Autry 12, Emily Tsitouris 21, Morton 1, Millican 2, Hargett 1, Winfield 2.
WM – Brown 6, Barbee 2, Moses 2, Rushing 3, Waggoner 4, Chapman 6, McIlwaine 2.
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