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West Stanly women’s basketball win at home over Albemarle

West Stanly entered Tuesday’s non-conference home game with Albemarle needing a win to go back above the .500 mark for the season. In a low-scoring game, the Colts shut down Albemarle in the third quarter en route to an 48-40 win over the Bulldogs.

Ashlyn Hughes led West (2-1) with 17 points while Maryn Mauldin added 12 points.

Ashlyn Hughes scores two of her team-high 17 points for the Colts Tuesday night. (Photo by Charles Curcio)

DeShada Wall, playing her first game this season for the Bulldogs (0-3), led with 17 points.

In the first half, both teams scored in different manners, with the Bulldogs getting points from the perimeter from Stanback and McLendon while 10 points each in the first half from Hughes and Mauldin put the Colts up at halftime, 25-19.

Albemarle did not score for the first four minutes of the third quarter, allowing West to build a 29-21 lead. Shada Wall’s breakaway layup ended the drought for the Bulldogs. The Colts maintained the lead until the final minute of the game.

“We knew (Albemarle) was going to be athletic, very physical, and shoot it a lot…I was happy with the defense shutting them down from the outside,” West head coach Chad Horn said.

The Bulldogs got as close as four with 1:16 on two Shada Wall free throws. Wall then hit a runner in the lane with 34.5 seconds left to pull within two. The Colts broke Albemarle’s press and found Mauldin for a layup and Kailey Furr hit two free throws after an intentional foul to ice the win.

“Ashlyn Hughes played tremendous for us tonight. She was really physical inside and went for a lot of rebounds,” Horn said.

The Colts’ coach added he was not happy with West’s offense but credited Albemarle for their efforts defensively against them.

West Stanly hosts North Stanly Monday night while Albemarle is off until Dec. 6 when the Bulldogs host North Rowan to open conference play.

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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