North women stay close, lose late at South Davidson
Published 12:20 am Saturday, January 19, 2019
In Friday’s conference road game at South Davidson, the North Stanly women’s basketball team led in the second half before the Wildcats rallied for a 60-50 win.
Peyton Landis was one of three starters for the Comets (2-9, 1-7 YVC) to reach double figures with 20 points, including 4-of-6 from the free-throw line. Camille Shelton added 16, including 6-of-8 on foul shots, and Lexi Goode scored 12 for North.
Mallory Gardner, who was honored after the game for surpassing 1,000 career points earlier this season, led South Davidson (7-8, 5-3) with 18. Bayli Medlin added 13 for the Wildcats.
North led 6-4 midway through the opening quarter before South Davidson went on a 9-2 run to lead 13-8 with 3:14 left in the period. The Comets stayed within one possession before a Gardner three-point play with 5.6 seconds left put the hosts up 20-14.
The Wildcats went cold in the second quarter, shooting 2-of-10 in the period. A Landis bucket with 52 seconds left in the period put the Comets up 24-23. Gardner answered in the final 12 seconds to give South Davidson a 25-24 lead at halftime
In the third, the Comets went on a 8-3 push over the first 3:25 to build the team’s biggest lead of the game, 32-28, but the Wildcats started to connect from the outside. Over the final four minutes, North went scoreless while South Davidson scored 13 to lead 41-32 after three quarters.
North got as close as seven with 2:15 left in the game when Gardner picked up a technical foul, her fifth of the game. The Wildcats hit 9-of-11 free throws in the final two minutes en route to the win.
“We played about as well as we could play for about three quarters. We went to the box-and-one and it slowed (Gardner) down,” North coach Greg Speight said. “In the second half, they started hitting the outside shot; we couldn’t guard everything…we missed some shots in the second half we didn’t in the first.”
The Comets play on the road Wednesday at A.L Brown (0-15) in Kannapolis then return to Pfeiffer University on Friday to take on first place Albemarle (15-1, 8-0).
NS 14 10 8 18 50
SD 20 5 16 19 60
NS – Peyton Landis 20, Camille Shelton 16, Lexi Goode 12, Roseman 2.
SD – Mallory Gardner 18, Bayli Medlin 13, Apple 8, Smith 8, Wyatt 7, Gallimore 4, Parker 2.