Monday, December 31, 2012 —
The final basketball games before the Christmas holidays for the varsity teams of Stanly County took place on Tuesday night.
Four of the five schools played conference games Tuesday night, with the Albemarle girls playing a non-conference game at Sun Valley.
North Stanly 53
South Stanly 43
The North Stanly girls entered Friday's contest against South Stanly on a three game winning streak. Losing six seniors is always difficult yet the Lady Comets have been very competitive thus far in the 2012-13 campaign.
They would not have an easy time with their county rival from Norwood as the Rebel Bulls would prove to be quite a feisty challenge. At the end of the first frame, South held a 14-12 lead on 5-9 shooting from the field.
The second quarter would prove to be a reversal as Lady gave the Bulls a 41-40 lead with 6:25 left.
West Stanly immediately responded with a run of their own. Trailing 43-41, Talley hit three straight 3-pointers in a 9-1 run as the Colts led 50-44 with 3:23 left in the period.
The Colts had a chance to ice the game with a five-point lead and free throws in the final 31.9 seconds, but hit 1-of-6 at the line while South got a Culp three-pointer and two Culp free throws in the final seconds. West’s one make at the line in the final seconds, from Courtney Moses, proved to be the difference.
After two West misses at the line with 3.6 on the clock, South’s Ashlyn Whitley got the ball passed to her and she tried a last-second heave but she could not get the shot off with pressure from a Colt defender and West had the win.
Both teams return to conference play this week with South Stanly travelling to West Montgomery and West Stanly going to Forest Hills.
SS 14 13 6 22 55
WS 11 8 21 14 56
SS – Chelsey Culp 23, Bailyn Allen 10, Clancy Russell 10, Whitley 6, Benjamin 4,
WS – Sarah Talley 15, Webb 9, Wilson 8, Summers 6, Chapman 4, Brown 3, Fincher 3, Morgan 3.