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South women fall in final seconds at home

A nail biter Thursday night at South Stanly saw the Bulls edged in the final 16 seconds in a two-point Yadkin Valley Conference women’s basketball game.

Natavia Taborn delivered in the fourth period for the North Rowan Cavaliers (2-3, 1-1 YVC), scoring 13 of her game-high 25 points in the final quarter.

Keeli Crisco led South (3-2, 1-1) with 10 points.

North led on the first bucket of the game and did not have the lead again until the final 16 seconds of the game. South led by as much as eight points at the end of three quarters, but the Cavs opened the fourth with six straight from Taborn.

The Cavaliers’ Heather Freeman got open in the left corner in the final 20 seconds and drove to the basket, drawing a foul. She sank both free throws to put North Rowan up 42-41.

South turned the ball over on a traveling call seconds later and Taborn was fouled on the next play. She sank a free throw to give the visitors a two-point lead.

Down two, South got the ball into the frontcourt but Kimya Lynch knocked the ball out of bounds with 2.8 seconds left. The Bulls inbounded on the right side into Skye Shankle, who put up a shot while falling down that hit the right side of the rim short as the clock expired.

NR 9  11  4   19   43
SS  9  13 10  9    41
NR – Natavia Taborn 25, Freeman 9, Robbins 4, Shoaf 3, McDaniel 2.
SS – Keeli Crisco 10, Shankle 7, Noble 6, Harris 5, Lee 3, LeGrande 3, Crump 2, Rummage 2, Wall 2.

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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