Albemarle women’s win streak ends in YVC basketball tourney finals

Published 12:55 am Saturday, February 23, 2019

Missed free throws early and late foul trouble contributed to the end of a 15-game win streak for the Albemarle women’s basketball team Friday in the finals of the Yadkin Valley Conference tournament. The Bulldogs’ streak ended as third-seeded North Rowan posted a 67-63 win.

Zycoria Tillman led the Bulldogs (25-2) with 21, while Armani Baldwin added 18.

Natavia Taborn was the top scorer in the game and for the Cavaliers (16-11) with 27. Hannah Wilkerson added 17, while Jamiya Daniels scored 12.

The Bulldogs struggled from the line in the game, hitting 12-of-25 including 6-of-17 in the first half. North Rowan connected on 18-of-33 foul shots, including 6-of-12 in the final period.

The Cavaliers took the lead on a late bucket in the opening quarter and led by as much as nine in the third. A 9-0 Bulldogs run at the end of the third tied the game at 45.

Late in the game, Albemarle took a 62-61 lead on a Tameya Newton three, but Taborn’s bucket with 1:39 left put the Cavs back up for good. The Bulldogs got within one on a free throw with just over a minute left, but North Rowan hit three free throws down the stretch.

“It was hard for us to get into the flow,” Albemarle coach Eric Davis said. “There were some details that we didn’t take care of…that’s really what it came down to.

The loss will not affect the Bulldogs’ seeding; Albemarle earned the top seed from the YVC after finishing the conference schedule undefeated.

Albemarle will be at home on Tuesday in the opening round of the NCHSAA 1A state playoffs.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. 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 won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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