By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor
Thursday, December 12, 2013 —
The high school varsity basketball season continued on Wednesday night as the West Stanly Colts hosted South Stanly in non-conference varsity games.
West Stanly 59
South Stanly 43
The regular season schedule for the West Stanly girls this year features 10 non-conference games before Rocky River Conference play opens Jan. 10 at Parkwood.
Conversely, South Stanly had just two non-Yadkin Valley Conference West games before opening their conference play last Friday night with a loss to Gray Stone.
The Colts, who went 5-5 last season in non-conference games, evened their record in those games this season with a 59-43 win over the Bulls.
West Stanly (3-3) had the touch from outside, knocking down 9-of-20 shots from beyond the three-point arc.
Meredith Summers had five three-pointers and led the Colts with 17 points, while Courtney Moses knocked down four threes and added 14 points.
Chelsey Culp had a big night for South (0-4), leading the Bulls and all scorers with 23 points, including 12 points in the fourth quarter.
South led by three points after one quarter and built a 16-13 lead with five minutes left in the second before the Colts rallied with three-pointers from Summers and Moses to take the lead 19-16.
The Bulls answered with back-to-back baskets from Brooke Curlee in the final 30 seconds of the first half to retake the lead at halftime 20-19.
After Culp gave the Bulls a three-point lead a minute into the third, West Stanly took control of the game with a 14-0 run over the next four minutes, with five different players scoring in the run.
South narrowed the gap back to eight at the end of three quarters, scoring the last five points of the period.
In the final period, the Bulls pulled to within six points on two occasions but got no closer as the Colts pulled away late for the 16-point win.
West’s offense came alive in the second half as the Colts hit 14-of-37 from the field and limited the Bulls to 5-of-28 shooting in the second half enroute to West’s third victory in the team’s last four games.
The Colts will travel to Sun Valley on Monday night while South Stanly returns home Friday for their third game in four nights when the Bulls host South Davidson.
SS 9 11 7 16 43
WS 6 13 16 24 59
SS – Chelsey Culp 23, Benjamin 7, Allen 5, Curlee 4, Nance 3, Whitley 2.
WS –Courtney Moses 14, Meredith Summers 17, McIlwaine 7, Waggoner 6, Chapman 6, Rushing 3, Barbee 2, Beatty 2.
West Stanly 68
South Stanly 49
A number of the fans supporting one particular West Stanly varsity basketball player in particular were wearing apparel in the colors of the visiting South Stanly Rebel Bulls instead of the kelly green of the homestanding Colts.
B.J. Hill, after having signed his national letter of intent to play football at N.C. State (see related story, 8A), had West fans in both red and green howling after every made free throw as the senior helped his West Stanly squad end a two-game slide with a 69-48 win over South Stanly.
Hill led the Colts (2-4) with 18 points while Baron Whitley added 12 points on four three-pointers and Ryan McCormick had 10 points, eight coming in the second half. Cooper Burgess just missed double figures as well, finishing with nine points on three shots made beyond the three-point arc.
Three players reached double figures for South Stanly (0-4), with Wes Smith and Dylan Starnes leading the way with 14 points each and Bernardo Granados adding 12 points.
Free-throw shooting was a struggle for both teams in the game. South was 8-of-18 from the field while West was 8-of-23 overall, a point that Colts head coach John Thompson said that his team has to improve upon.
West Stanly did shoot well from the three-point arc, knocking down 10 three-pointers in the game against the Bulls’ zone defense.
The Colts also benefitted from 20 offensive rebounds and second-chance points.
Leading by a point after one quarter, West opened the second with a 9-0 run and led by double digits for most of the remainder of the game.
“A lot of times against a team playing a zone, you settle for the three too early and stand and watch. We emphasized to take the three but make sure that we have guys going to the boards,” Thompson said.
SS 12 10 11 16 49
WS 13 23 12 20 68
SS – Wes Smith 14, Dylan Starnes 14, Bernardo Granados 12, Lomax 3, Harris 2, Holt 2, Smith 2.
WS – B.J. Hill 18, Baron Whitley 12, Ryan McCormick 10, Burgess 9, Hathcok 6, Barbee 5, Rowe 5, Whitley 3.