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Gray Stone women open YVC play with road win

The Gray Stone women’s basketball team opened Yadkin Valley Conference play with a 52-40 road win Tuesday night at North Stanly.

Gray Stone’s front line led in points. Danika Ray was top scorer for the Knights (2-1, 1-0 YVC) with 14 points, while Seccora Medley added 11.

Payton Landis paced the Comets (0-1, 0-1) with 13.

The Knights had more chances to score in the game, shooting 21-of-77 overall (27.3 percent) including 4-of-18 from the 3-point arc. Gray Stone was 6-of-12 on free throws.

North finished 10-of-45 overall (22.2 percent), but was 18-of-32 at the foul line.

The Comets led early on a Landis 3-pointer, but Gray Stone retook the lead with 3:43 left in the first quarter and never trailed again.

Gray Stone went up by double figures midway through the second and led by as much as 19 midway through the third period. North got as close as nine points on a Lexi Goode bucket with 3:42 left in the game.

The Comets were also within nine with 2:09 left on a Landis bucket, but got no closer.

“Being able to extend offense based on what our posts are able to do rebounding and finishing gives us multiple shots when we are not on offensively,” Gray Stone head coach Robert Stack said.

“(Payne) got hot in the second quarter…that sparked us. Our ball movement was good,” Stack added.

Gray Stone steps out of YVC play Wednesday night at 6 at Mount Pleasant, then returns to conference play at home Friday against North Moore.

The Comets play West Stanly (1-2) Thursday at 6 p.m. The Colts won at home over South Stanly on Tuesday night.

GS 10 21 11 10 52
NS 5 14 10 11 40

GS –Danika Ray 14,Seccora Medley 11, Payne 9, Burris 7, N. Medley 5, Werts 3, Austin 2, King 1, .
NS – Payton Landis 13, Goode 8, Shelton 7, Shaw 1, Burleson 3, Roseman 3, Jackson 3, Bower 2, Shaw 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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