By Charles Curcio and Dan O'Neal
Monday, January, 14, 2013 —
In Yadkin Valley Conference basketball action on Friday night, the three teams from Stanly County were all on the road taking on conference opponents.
Chatham Central 45
The wins just keep coming for the Albemarle boys basketball squad as the Bulldogs earned their 10th straight win of the season on the road at Chatham Central 59-45.
Deon Christian led the Bulldogs (10-1, 6-1 YVC) with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor and a perfect 4-of-4 at the free-throw line. Defensively, Christian led Albemarle with six steals.
Albemarle also got a balanced effort from the other starters, with Terrace Ellis and Bryan Blanton both scoring nine points and T’Kyle Williams adding eight. Blanton also led the ‘Dogs with six rebounds.
Jeremy Kerr led the Bears (3-9, 2-5) with 13 points with LaQuinn Mordecai adding 12.
The win sets up a showdown this Friday night between first-place North Rowan (12-3, 8-0) and the second-place Bulldogs. The Cavaliers stayed perfect in the YVC Friday night with a 90-49 win over West Montgomery.
A 17 17 17 8 59
CC 16 10 10 9 45
A – Deon Christian 18, Ellis 9, Blanton 9, Williams 8, Autry 6, Nivens 5, Brown 2, Ridenhour 2.
CC – Jeremy Kerr 13, LaQuinn Mordecai 12, Burke 6, Teague 5, Polston 3, Clark 2, Harris 2, Jones 2.
South Stanly 78
South Davidson 48
Though he is a few inches shorter, South guard Michard Richardson compares to a former NBA superstar by the name of Michael Ray Richardson.
Though the elder Richardson may have had his difficulties off the court, those certainly do not take away the movements he had around the basket during his play back in the early 1980s. With regard to such athleticism, the same can be very much said about this young man from South Stanly as his 30-point performance led all scorers and the Rebel Bulls to a convincing victory over their host YVC opponent South Davidson 78-48.
The Rowdy Rebel Bulls dominated the Wildcats simply by capitalizing on great passes and following missed shots. Along with Richardson's spectacular play on both ends of the floor, Juwan Johnson and Luke Burris pulled down several rebounds. Wes Smith and Bernardo Granados made for very excellent playmakers.
All these factors combined made it difficult for the host Wildcats, who had many open looks but were unable to make shots consistently.
South Stanly was also paced in the scoring column by Wes Smith with 17 points along with Juwan Johnson with 10 and Luke Burris with 9. South Davidson was led by Davin Ball with 16 points on 7-of-11 from the field.
“We played hard offensively; we played team ball tonight and we were definitely unselfish. We still need to improve on our defense but was proud of our kids tonight,” South Stanly head coach Mike Crump said.
South Stanly hosts North Stanly Thursday night.
SS 21 18 18 21 78
SD 11 10 10 17 48
SS – Michard Richardson 30, Wes Smith 17, Juwan Johnson 10, Burris 9, B. Granados 6, Terence Smith 4, Mon Holt 2
SD – Ball 16, Collins 7, Hazelwood 6, Corneilson 5, Stevenson 4, Hedrick 4, Shore 2, Crook 2, Gallimore 2
North Moore 67
Gray Stone 41
The Gray Stone Knights suffered their seventh straight loss overall and in Yadkin Valley Conference play on Friday night on the road at North Moore.
Shannon Efird led the Knights (4-9, 1-7 YVC) with 11 points, while Jalisa Davis paced the Mustangs (8-5, 4-3) with 19 points.
Gray Stone will play two non-conference games this week before returning to YVC play Friday against East Montgomery. The Knights host Queen’s Grant on Monday night and the Community School of Davidson on Wednesday.
GS 7 11 11 12 41
NM 13 20 14 20 67
GS – Efird 11, Cadle 8, Harward 7, Taylor 5, Ansbro 3, Sullivan 3, Deese 2, Redman 1, Harrington 1.
NM – Jalisa Davis 19, Casey Turner 15, Loutzenheiser 8, Brower 7, Brown 4, Dunmyer 3, Little 3.
Chatham Central 50
A low-scoring third quarter led to the end of the Albemarle girls’ basketball team win streak that the Bulldogs had built since before New Year’s Day.
Akela Branch had another big night but the host Chatham Central Bears earned a 50-46 win over the Bulldogs.
Branch finished with 20 points and 19 rebounds, shooting 10-of-22 overall from the field.
Freshman guard Kyleigh McLendon added 17 points including 3-of-6 from behind the three-point arc, while Tiffani Currie had nine points, five steals, two blocks and two assists.
Albemarle travels to North Rowan on Friday night.
A 12 17 6 11 46
CC 13 14 13 10 50
A – Akela Branch 20, Kyleigh McLendon 17, Currie 9.
South Davidson 74
South Stanly 29
South Stanly set out on a foggy journey Friday night to take on yet another Yadkin Valley Conference opponent, South Davidson. Thank goodness all the fog was outside the gym since the host school literally turned on the fog machine a season ago.
In the ladies matchup, the Rowdy Rebel Bulls had in mind to deal their conference-leading opponent their first conference loss of the season. With the height advantage on the side of South Stanly, it would not be an impossible task.
However, for most teams to counter the "Tri-Sigmon" full court pressure of the Wildcats throughout four quarters is very much a tall order.
After a “lights out” introduction of the home team, both squads went at each other full throttle, trading baskets through the first minute and a half in the first period.
After that time elapsed, South Davidson then began applying the full-court pressure which forced many turnovers throughout the entire contest.
Three trifectas by Ashlyn Whitley enabled the Rowdy Rebel Bulls to keep pace in the first frame.
But “Tri Sigmon” along with Madi Beeson and Holly Wall of the Wildcats took careful notice and put a body on her for the rest of the matchup, limiting Whitley's scoring opportunities.
South Davidson's full-court pressure limited the Rowdy Rebel Bulls to shooting only 17 percent from the field the entire game.
That, however, should not take anything away from the determination and hustle South Stanly displayed. The Bulls crashed the boards hard and did not make it easy for the Wildcats to score, as South Davidson shot only 39 percent from the field.
When it was all complete, South Davidson would remain unbeaten in conference play by the count of 74-29.
Ashlyn Whitley led the Rowdy Rebel Bulls with 15 points while South Davidson was led by Madi Beeson with a game high 23 and Madison Sigmon finished with 18.
“South Davidson is a very good and experienced team. But our girls played hard tonight and they will continue to improve,’ South Head Coach Larry Honeycutt said.
SS 13 3 5 8 29
SD 21 14 16 23 74
SS – Whitley 15, Culp 5, Nance 4, Smith 2, S. Russell 2, C. Russell 1
SD – Beeson 23, Madison Sigmon 18, Larsen Sigmon 10, Wall 8, H. Sigmon 7, Miller 3, Grubb 3, Strother 2
North Moore 87
Gray Stone 43
The Gray Stone Knights boys’ basketball team continued their season on Friday night with a Yadkin Valley Conference road loss at North Moore.