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Albemarle women win fifth straight over West Stanly

Big offensive outputs in the first and third quarters lifted the Albemarle women’s basketball team to its fifth straight win over West Stanly in a 69-40 home win Wednesday night.

Krystin McLendon led four in double figures for Albemarle (2-0) with 21 points. Zycoria Tillman added 16 points while O’Jayy Stanback came off the bench to score 12. Armani Baldwin added 11 for the Bulldogs.

Brittany Greene was top scorer for the Colts (0-2) with 12 points.

Albemarle was 8-for-20 from the 3-point arc in the game and shot 25-of-58 overall (43.1 percent). The Bulldogs were 11-of-21 from the free-throw line.

West finished 13-of-43 from the field (30.2 percent) and 11-of-23 at the foul line. The Colts were 3-of-10 from long distance.

The Bulldogs’ best shooting quarter in the game came in the opening period. Albemarle was 9-of-17 overall and 3-of-6 on threes, leading 7-2 early. The Bulldogs outscored West 11-0 over the final 3:21 of the first period.

In the second, the Colts went to the line 13 times, hitting seven free throws, and got within 10 midway through the quarter. Albemarle built the lead to 16 by halftime, 36-20.

Albemarle outscored West by 15 points in the third, built on a 7-of-10 performance at the foul line while hitting three times from behind the arc. The Bulldogs led by 31 points after three quarters, the biggest lead of the night for the hosts, 58-27.

West outscored the Bulldogs in the final period, getting four points from Addie Barbee as both teams liberally substituted in the fourth.

“We weathered the first half. We got in foul trouble in the end and tried to get through it,” Albemarle head coach Eric Davis said. “In the second half, we played good fundamental defense.”

The Colts women’s team has not beaten Albemarle since Dec. 14, 2016.

Albemarle returns to action at home Friday against Anson County while West Stanly is off until Tuesday when the Colts host South Stanly.

WS 6  14  7   13   40
A    21 15 22 11    69

WS – Brittany Greene 12, Barbee 7, R. Furr 7, K. Furr 3, Moss 3, Tibbetts 2, Bishop 2, Donaghue 2, Mauldin 2.
A – Krystin McLendon 21, Zycoria Tillman 16, O’Jayy Stanback 12, Armani Baldwin 11, Little 5, Newton 3, Ridley 1.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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