By Charles Curcio and Dan O'Neal
Thursday, December 6, 2012 —
Conference play opened for several Stanly County high school varsity basketball teams this week as the five high schools had games on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
Albemarle’s season-opening games at North Rowan on Tuesday were postponed to Wednesday night and switched to the Bulldogs’ gym because of a problem with the bleachers at the Cavaliers’ home gym.
North Stanly 53
East Montgomery 45
The North girls took the floor Wednesday night for a non-conference game against East Montgomery without Jenni Speight, who did not play because of a sprained ankle.
Despite having players playing out of position, the Comets overcame cold shooting to win their fourth straight game 53-45 over the Eagles.
Gentry Grubb led North Stanly (4-1) with 25 points with Dana Beadle adding 12 points and 12 rebounds.
North led 36-19 at halftime but struggled to score in the second half, finishing the game 18-of-59 from the field (30.5 percent) which included 9-of-33 from the three-point arc.
EM 14 5 13 13 45
NS 19 17 13 4 53
NS – Gentry Grubb 25, Dana Beadle 12, Huff 8, Scott 5, Chandler 3.
North Rowan 59
The Albemarle girls opened the 2012 season on Tuesday night with a home Yadkin Valley Conference loss to North Rowan.
Akela Branch led the Bulldogs (0-1, 0-1 YVC) with 26 points and 17 rebounds, while Carrie Barrino added 10 points.
Special Washington led the Cavaliers (1-1, 1-0) with 13 points.
“We played well for three quarters and kept the game close, but in the middle of the fourth, we sort of ran out of gas,” Albemarle head coach Elbert Branch said.
Branch also talked about the play of Akela Branch and Barrino, saying that North Rowan “didn’t have an answer” for Branch and that Barrino “stepped up and made good moves to the basket.”
Albemarle hosts South Davidson on Friday night.
NR 14 13 11 21 59
A 11 14 11 13 49
NR – Special Washington 13, Demeria Robinson 12, Sells 9, Farmer 8, Royer 7, Lingle 6, Allen 4.
A – Akela Branch 26, Carrie Barrino 10, McLendon 7, Stanback 3, Currie 3.
North Stanly 59
East Montgomery 48
The North Stanly boys’ squad made it two wins in a row on Wednesday night with a 59-48 non-conference win over East Montgomery.
Elijah Greene led the Comets (2-3) with 20 points and 12 rebounds, knocking down 7-of-11 shots from the field including a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point land.
Kasey Caulder added 18 points for North shooting 6-of-9 from the field and 6-of-7 at the free-throw line.
“I’m proud of our guys’ intensity level tonight. We did a good job on the defensive end. It was a total team win,” North Stanly head coach Chris Misenheimer said.
EM 4 15 17 12 48
NS 11 14 16 18 59
NS – Elijah Greene 20, Kasey Caulder 18, Stephen Misen-heimer 10, Blalock 8, Smith 2, Hinson 1.
North Rowan 54
With only one week of preparation due to football season, the season opener for the Bulldogs was with their Yadkin Valley Conference rival, the North Rowan Cavaliers. The Cavs entered tonight's contest with a 1-2 record, with losses resulting from a high school all-stars tournament. Though Albemarle went at it hard for four quarters, North Rowan would emerge victorious by the score of 54-37.
In the first frame, the Bulldogs took the lead aided with trifectas by Brian Blanton and Andre Ridenhour and forcing as many as six Cavs' turnovers. Albemarle went 5-of-16 from the field in the first quarter and led 13-9.
The second quarter was quite a contrast as North Rowan connected on a couple of threes as well as breakaway layups to take the lead for good. The Cavaliers' defense would also hold the Bulldogs scoreless for the first four minutes of the second quarter.
For the remainder of the contest, the Bulldogs would continue to scrap and play hard. The Cavaliers however, being solid defending the paint, proved to be difficult for Albemarle to cash in on scoring opportunities and limited inside penetration by the guards.
“It was our first game. With that, we panicked at times. Though we had only one week of practice, we aren't making excuses. We competed hard. With lots more preparation, we will get better. Though we have a lot of youth this season, these guys will improve,” Albemarle boys coach Al Andrew said.
The Bulldogs next opponent will be another YVC rival, the South Davidson Wildcats, at home this Friday night.
NR 9 18 15 12 54
A 13 7 8 9 37
NR – Oshon West 17, Michael Conner 11, Malik Ford 11, Sanders 7, Archie 3, Bates 2, Bowman 2
A – Christian 7, Williams 7, Autry 6, Ellis 6, Ridenhour 4, Blanton 3, Nivens 2, Brown 1, S.Baldwin 1
Gray Stone 43
East Montgomery 41
The 2012-13 season for the Gray Stone girls’ squad has started well for the team and head coach Robert Stack.
Gray Stone won three of their five non-conference games to open the season and opened Yadkin Valley Conference play in a big way with a 43-41 win at East Montgomery Tuesday.
Cat Harward led the Knights (4-2, 1-0 YVC) with 14 points.
Gray Stone hosts West Montgomery on Friday.
GS 11 11 10 11 43
EM 12 8 8 13 41
GS – Cat Harward 14, Deese 9, Cadle 8, Ansbro 6, Harrington 2, Sullivan 2, Burris 1, Giles 1.
EM – Madison Crisco 23, Harris 11, Hinson 3, Hassell 2, Watts 2.
West Stanly 49
Sun Valley 31
The West girls’ varsity squad used a big third quarter to earn their first win of the season 49-31 over 3A Sun Valley.
Macey Webb led West Stanly (1-2) with 15 points, while Amanda Bell and Rachel Terrell had seven points each to lead the Spartans (3-4).
SV 5 8 8 10 31
WS 8 13 18 10 49
WS – Fincher 3, Furr 6, Morgan 7, Moses 9, Summer 2, Talley 4, Macey Webb 15, Brown 1, Wilson 2.
North Moore 57
South Stanly 44
The South Stanly Rebel Bulls opened play in the Yadkin Valley Conference Tuesday night with a road game at North Moore.
Bailyn Allen led the Bulls (1-2, 0-1 YVC) with 13 points and Clancy Russell added 12.
Jalisa Davis led North Moore (4-1, 1-0) with 26 points.
After a defensive struggle in the first quarter, the Mustangs built an eight-point halftime lead and led by as much as 18 midway through the third.
South cut the lead to eight points with just over six minutes left in the fourth quarter but the Mustangs finished on an 8-0 run to get the win.
“Our girls played really well and really hard. We just need to finish shots in and around the basket and make more of our open shots. But I thought with great effort,” South head coach Larry Honeycutt said.
South Stanly hosts West Stanly at 6 p.m. tonight.
SS 3 18 13 10 44
NM 7 22 18 10 57
SS –Bailyn Allen 13, Clancy Russell 12, Whitley 7, Benjamin 6, Culp 6.
NM – Jalisa Davis 26, Tiosha McCaskill 10, Dunmyer 5, Brower 5, Horn 4, Little 3, Martin 2, Sheffield 2.
North Moore 73
South Stanly 68
The Rebel Bulls went on the road Tuesday to face a North Moore Mustangs squad that had lost their last three games including a non-conference home loss to North Stanly on Monday night.
South Stanly rallied from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter and tied the game late, but North Moore knocked down free throws inthe final minutes for a 73-68 win.
Wes Smith led the Bulls (0-3, 0-1 YVC) with 15 points. Luke Burris had 14 points for South, with Juwan Johnson and Machard Richardson adding 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Landon Auman led three in double firgures for the Mustangs (2-3, 1-0) with 19 points.
Trailing by 14 points midway through the third period, the Bulls rallied and eventually tied the game 68-68 with 2:18 left in the fourth. South had a chance to pull ahead but the Mustangs scored the final five points of the game, including 3-of-4 at the free throw line, to seal the win.
SS 12 24 13 17 68
NM 24 19 16 14 73
SS – Wes Smith 15, Luke Burris 14, Juwan Johnson 12, Machard Richardson 10, Starnes 9, Granados 5, Smith 3.
NM – Landon Auman 19, Quashan Davis 16, Malik Chisholm 13, Bullard 8, Spivey 8, Richardson 6, Purvis 3.
Editor’s Note: J.W. Houston contributed to this article.
Sun Valley 62
West Stanly 40
The West Stanly boys hosted their third straight non-confernce matchup on Tuesday night, suffering a 62-40 loss to 3A Sun Valley.
B.J. Hill led the Colts (0-3) with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Charlie Eudy added eight points and nine rebounds.
The Colts trailed by 20 at halftime 35-15 and cut the lead to 14 twice in the second half but did not get any closer.
Sun Valley improved to 2-3 on the season with the win.
“We still have a lot of work to do, but if we can get everyone focused and put together a good first quarter we willbe fine,” West head coach John Thompson said.
The Colts travel to South Stanly tonight.
East Montgomery 74
Gray Stone 68
The Gray Stone boys’ basketball squad played a close game on Tuesdsay night at East Montgomery, rallying to within a single point late but eventually suffering a 74-68 loss to the Eagles.
Ray Kowalski had another big night for the Knights (0-6, 0-1 YVC) with 36 points while Alex Wang added 15.
Free throws played a big part in the win for East Montgomery. The Eagles hit 12-of-23 from the line (52 percent) but hit free throws down the stretch after Gray Stone narrowed the gap to 57-56 with four minutes left in the game. In the contest, the Knights hit 9-of-14 at the line (64 percent).
“This was probably the most consistent game that we have played this year. Our guys really played hard and we were able to hold our own on the boards against a physical team. We just have to keep working to get better,” Gray Stone head coach Myron Harrington said.
GS 16 12 20 20 68
EM 15 16 20 23 74
GS – Latimer 2, Alex Wang 15, Lantz 3, Huckabee 2, Mansfield 6, HillJennings 4, Ray Kowalski 36.
EM – C. Smith 2, J. Pegues 2, A. Lancaster 2, B. Morrison 3, S. Durham 6, B. Reza 8, A. Baldwin 20, T. Scott 2, C. Robinson 17, D. Little 12.