By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor
Sunday, December 8, 2013 —
After suffering a loss at Monroe to start the season, the Albemarle girls’ varsity basketball team bounced back on Thursday with a home win over North Moore 69-50.
Last year’s one-two punch of Akela Branch and Kyleigh McLendon continued their strong play this season, each having big nights for the Bulldogs (1-1).
McLendon had 27 points on 9-of-22 shooting from the field, adding six steals and three rebounds.
Branch posted another in a long string of double-doubles in her basketball career with 24 points and a team-high 19 rebounds.
Tiffanie Currie added six points and five steals for Albemarle as the Bulldogs had 20 steals as a team in the win.
Heather Dunmeyer led the Mustangs (1-1) with 12 points.
“North Moore played hard all night; I was very impressed with how hard they played and how they never quit,” Albemarle head coach Eric Davis said.
“Our girls played hard all night and played great defense,” Davis said in regards to Albemarle’s efforts in the home win.
The first-year head coach also talked about the team’s development.
“We still have a lot of work to do and need to continue getting better every day. We are very young this year, so it will be great to watch these girls get better as the season moves forward.”
The Bulldogs will host Mount Pleasant on Thursday evening in a non-conference matchup.
NM 4 16 16 14 50
A 14 18 19 18 69
NM – Heather Dunmeyer 12, Bronier 6, Martin 6, Salzwedel 6, Vasquez 5, Pickle 4, Baldwin 3.
A – Kyleigh McLendon 27, Akela Branch 24, Currie 6, Howard 4, Smith 3, Hudson 2, Montigue 2, Donnally 1.