The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

December 17, 2012

Bulldogs sweep West Stanly at home; South tops Knights

By Charles Curcio and Dan O'Neal

Monday, December 17, 2012 — County rivalries were renewed this week in high school basketball, as well as some of the teams of Stanly County meeting current and future conference opponents.

South Stanly hosted future YVC opponent Queen’s Grant on Wednesday, while North and Albemarle had games on Thursday.

South hosted Gray Stone on Friday and the Bulldogs travelled to Robbins to face North Moore.

Friday’s Games


South Stanly 48

Gray Stone 38

After an 11-point loss to future Yadkin Valley Conference opponent Queen’s Grant on Wednesday night, the South Stanly varsity girls’ squad wrapped up three games in four nights with a home YVC game against Gray Stone.

The Bulls withstood a strong third-quarter rally from the visiting Knights and hit free throws down the stretch to earn a 48-38 win.

The backcourt duo of Chelsey Culp and Bailyn Allen combined for 32 of the 48 points scored by South Stanly (2-5, 1-2 YVC), with the pair scoring 18 and 14 points, respectively.

Cat Harward scored eight of her team-high 11 points in a third-quarter rally for Gray Stone (4-5, 1-3).

South Stanly opened a double-digit lead in the opening period after the Knights led 5-4 with 3:54 left in the opening period. Two Allen three-pointers and five points from Culp sparked a 11-0 run over the remainder of the quarter.

Both teams went through a cold spell in the middle of the second period as the two squads hit just five shots out of 25 combined attempts, with South leading 21-11 at halftime.

Harward opened the second half with five points in the first two minutes, combined with a Erin Ansbro bucket to cut the lead to three.

South got a Culp three and buckets from both Clancy and Steely Russell to extend to a 29-18 lead with 4:09 in the third, but Gray Stone had another run in them.

The Knights finished the third period on a 9-0 run, pulling to within four points at the end of the third 31-27.

Culp scored back-to-back buckets and Allen knocked down two shots in the next three minutes, giving South a double-digit lead for most of the rest of the final period. The Knights got no closer than eight points in the final minute and South Stanly held on for the win.

GS    5    6    16    11    38

SS    16    5    10    17    48

GS –  Cat Harward 11, Ansbro 6, Burris 6, Cadle 6, Redman 4, Deese 2, Taylor 2, Harrington 1.

SS –  Chelsey Culp 18, Bailyn Allen 14, C. Russell 6, S. Russell 5, Nance 3, Benjamin 1.

North Moore 54

Albemarle 45

A strong suggestion to the NCHSAA when determining sites for the sectionals and regionals: North Moore High School Gymnasium.

The facility there is, by far, one of the best in the entire region although one will experience the “stairmaster” effect when going to a game there.

Albemarle took their game to Robbins Friday, facing Yadkin Valley Conference opponent North Moore.

In the girls’ matchup, the Bulldogs were seeking their first victory of the season going up against the 4-3 Mustangs’ squad.

After the opening tipoff, the Bulldogs led early in the first quarter as Akela Branch scored the first six points of the game while holding the Mustangs scoreless in the first two minutes. Branch would go on to score 15 of the team’s 17 points in the first quarter alone. The only problem was that the Mustangs began to pick up the pace midway through the first frame and would trail only by two going into the second quarter.

From there, the second quarter had both teams experiencing difficulties with turnovers and missed shots, resulting in a 24-23 lead by the Mustangs going into halftime.

During the third period, the Lady Mustangs capitalized on numerous Albemarle turnovers that turned into transition points along with consecutive three pointers being made by Jalisa Davis and Jessie Sheffield.

Adding to the Bulldogs’ third quarter woes was North Moore defenders doubling and triple teaming Branch every time she got the ball, resulting in her only scoring one field goal in the second half.

Albemarle would enter the final quarter with a 13-point deficit and cut into the North Moore lead during the final quarter, but the Bulldogs succumbed to the Mustangs 54-45.

The Bulldogs would finish the game with a field goal percentage of 28 and 26 percent from the charity stripe. Branch paced Albemarle with 19 points followed by Kyleigh McClendon with 10. Jalisa Davis of the Lady Mustangs led all scorers with 26 points followed by Tyisha Horn with 12.

“We missed opportunities. We missed a lot of three pointers and free throws. I was pleased with the way Janell, Tiffani and Kyleigh stepped up when Akela was pressured. Had we made more shots with the looks they gave us on the perimeter, it might have been a different outcome,” Bulldogs head coach Elbert Branch said.

The Albemarle girls will travel to Sun Valley on Tuesday night.

A    17    6    9    13    45

NM    15    9    21    9    54

A –  Akela Branch 19, Kyleigh McLendon 10, Currie 6, Bruton 6, Barrino 2, Dick 2

NM –   Jalisa Davis 26, Tyisha Horn 12, Sheffield 10, Dunmeyer 2, Martin 2, Turner 2


South Stanly 59

Gray Stone 49

After topping future YVC opponent Queen’s Grant 82-73 on Wednesday night, the host Rebel Bulls found themselves in a tough current conference battle Friday against a Gray Stone squad looking for their first win of the season.

South Stanly’s lead in the final period nearly disappeared thanks to a furious Knight rally but the Bulls held on and went on to a 59-49 win over Gray Stone.

Michard Richardson led the Rebel Bulls (3-4, 2-1 YVC) with 15 points while Juwan Johnson added 14 points.

Alex Wang had a big night for Gray Stone (0-9, 0-4) with 18 points, including seven in the final period.

The two teams exchanged the lead several times in the first quarter, with a Rider Mansfield bucket in the final 20 seconds tying the game 15-15.

After the Knights took a 17-15 lead, South Stanly went on an 8-0 run over the next four minutes, including a Dylan Starnes three and a Wes Smith steal and layup on the ensuing inbound.

The Bulls led by nine at halftime and continued to build the advantage, leading 40-27 with 4:38 left in the third quarter before the Gray Stone rally began. Back-to-back baskets by Sam HillJennings sparked an 11-2 run to cut the lead to six with 1:36 on the clock.

South pushed the lead back to 10 early in the fourth, then the Knights charged forward to cut the lead down to two points midway through the fourth. Getting six points from Wang, Gray Stone trailed 46-44 with 4:33 left in the final period.

The Knights had chances to tie or take the lead, including a Wang three-pointer than went in and out of the rim at the 3:40 mark, but the Rebel Bulls went on an 8-1 run to lead 54-47 with just under two minutes left.

Gray Stone had a chance late to make it a one-possession game after narrowing the gap to five and getting a miss at the free throw line on a one-and-one from South. David Singletary drove to the basket with around a minute left, but his shot was blocked by Starnes.

South then put the game out of reach with a Johnson free throw then a Luke Burris rebound and stick back on Johnson’s miss on his second free throw for an eight-point lead with 47.2 on the clock.

The Bulls travel to Chatham Central on Tuesday night.

GS    15    6    15    13    49

SS    15    15    14    15    59

GS – Alex Wang 18, Latimer 6, Singletary 6, Jennings 6, Lantz 5, Manifield 2, W. Huckabee 2, R. Huckabee 3.

SS –  Michard Richardson 15, Juwan Johnson, 14, Smith 7, Burris 8, Starnes 6, Granados 9.

Albemarle 71

North Moore 46

When the boys’ squads took to the court, one could see that North Moore very much came to play.

The Mustangs raced out to an 11-4 lead, prompting the Bulldogs’ coaching staff to pull the starting lineup and replace them with the “blue squad.”

Such motivation was effective as the second team would create turnovers, trimming the Mustangs lead to three with a 13-10 count with 2:34 in the first quarter.

The starting lineup was eventually reinserted and most certainly heeded the message from their coaches. Such was evident as the Dogs would continue to apply the heat defensively, making it very difficult for the Mustangs to make plays and even inbound the basketball.

This was also evident as Albemarle began to connect on their shots. A barrage of 3-balls were made by Bryan Blanton, Terrace Ellis, and Andre Ridenhour. Key turnovers were created by Deon Christian, T'Kyle Williams, Markez Brown, along with Blanton and Ellis.

 The success of the Bulldogs play enabled to complete the second period with a 33-6 count as well as a 48-22 lead at the half.

In the second half, the Bulldogs would not let up an inch as they continued their defensive pressure, paced with four field goals by Deon Christian during the third. Needless to say, Albemarle would not look back and both squads emptied their benches, which made for a very enjoyable fourth quarter for the players and the spectators from both schools. Albemarle would go away from Robbins Friday with 71-46 victory.

Three Bulldogs players would score in double figures as Bryan Blanton led all scorers with 14, followed by Christian with 12 and Ellis with 11. Bulldogs Center Lee Autry would score a “perfect game” as he was 3-for-3 from the field  along with T’Kyle Williams scoring 4-of-6 from the field. Albemarle as a team, shot almost 50 percent and had a 37-17 rebounding advantage.

“At the start, North Moore was more aggressive. We put in the second team with the hopes of waking the starters up. The incentive worked as we would be much stronger in the second quarter along with the rest of the game,” Albemarle boys Head Coach Al Andrew said.

The Albemarle boys’ squad will be back in action Wednesday night at home against county rival North Stanly.

A    15    33    17    6    71

NM    16    6    7    17    46

A –  Bryan Blanton 14, Deon Christian 12, Terrance Ellis 11, Williams 9, Autry 6, Brown 4, Delonte Crowder 4, Ridenhour 3, Rashaad Baldwin 3, Nivens 3, Currie 2.

NM –  Spivey 9, Troxler 7, Davis 8, Auman 6, Bullard 4, Hunsucker 4, Richardson 3, Purvis 3, Herron 2

Thursday’s Games


West Stanly 43

Albemarle 36

The Colt girls went on the road Thursday night and jumped out to a double-digit lead early at Albemarle in non-conference action.

West held off the Bulldogs late, along with a dominating performance from Albemarle center Akela Branch, to earn a 43-36 road win.

Sarah Talley led the Colts (4-3) with 14 points.

Branch scored 27 of the Bulldogs’ 36 points in the game, adding nine boards, five blocks and five steals for Albemarle (0-4). Katie Dick also added nine rebounds for the ‘Dogs and freshman Kyleigh McLen-don had four steals.

West shot 55 percent from the free throw line in the game, something that West head coach Wesley Kidd said could have put the game out of reach if the Colts had shot better.

The Colts led by 14 after one quarter but their lead was shaved to one point in the fourth quarter 36-35. West finished the game on a 7-1 push to preserve the win.

“I am proud that the girls battled back and did not let the momentum shift beat them,” Kidd said.

West Stanly opens Rocky River Conference play on Tuesday night at Monroe. The Colts were scheduled to play Central Academy this Friday but the game was rescheduled to Jan. 2 of next year.

WS    18    9    5    11    43

A    4    13    6    13    36

WS –  Sarah Talley 14, Fincher 7, Chapman 5, Furr 4, Moses 4, Brown 3, Morgan 2, Summers 2, Webb 2.

A –  Akela Branch 27, McLendon 6, Hall 1, Barrino 1.

East Rowan 61

North Stanly 45

The North Stanly girls’ squad suffered their third straight loss of the season in a non-conference game Thursday night at East Rowan 61-45.

Hailey Chandler led the Comets (4-4) with 12 points off the bench, with Gentry Grubb and Jenni Speight adding eight points each.

NS    6    7    12    20    45

ER    9    13    26    13    61

NR –  Hailey Chandler 12, Grubb 8, Speight 8, Huff 6, A. Poolos 6, Hart 3, Beadle 1.

ER –  Kelli Fisher 19, Karleigh Wike 10, Sides 8, Poole 6, Ajayi 6, Lowe 5, Thomas 4, Gobble 3.


Albemarle 52

West Stanly 38

The Albemarle boys’ basketball squad extended their win streak to three games with a 14-point home over the Colts.

T’Kyle Williams led the Bulldogs (3-1) with 19 points, hitting 8-of-13 from the field and adding five rebounds.

Andre Ridenhour added 14 points  including 2-of-5 from the three-point arc and 4-of-5 at the foul line, and Deon Christian reached double figures with 11 points.

WS    10    12    7    9    38

A    11    18    13    10    52

WS –  Charlie Eudy 11, Hill 9, McCormick 8, Rowe 3, Barbee 3, Hathcock 2, Martin 2

A –  T’Kyle Williams 19, Andre Ridenhour 14, Deon Christian 11, Ellis 6, Nivens 2.

East Rowan 64

North Stanly 56

On Thursday night, the North boys went out of conference play to take on 3A East Rowan, losing their third straight game 64-56 loss to the Mustangs (2-5).

T.J. Smith led North (2-6) with 20 points and Kasey Caulder added 11.

North returns to conference play Tuesday night, hosting a Piedmont team coached by former North Stanly and West Stanly head coach Rudi Heath.

NS    12    9    13    22    56

ER    9    20    20    15    64

NR –  T.J. Smith 20, Kasey Caulder 11, Burris 9, Greene 9, Blalock 6, Sylvester 1.

ER –  Donte Means 17, Conor Honeycutt 10, Sa. Wyrick 8, Gobble 7, Edwards 7, Se. Wyrick 6, L’Hommedieu 6, Corpening 2.