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West Stanly junior drops 45 points in win over Albemarle

West Stanly junior Austin Medlin had a huge night scoring 45 points in a 90-72 home basketball win Tuesday over Albemarle, improving the Colts to 3-0 on the season.

Medlin knocked down 14-of-14 foul shots and hit 13 baskets including five three-pointers.

“It was just a good night. I was glad we got the win. I’m just ready for the rest of the county games,” Medlin said.

The West junior said he has been more of a leader this season and the team is playing a faster tempo then last year.

Colts head coach John Thompson said Medlin’s hard work in the offseason has paid off for him, including in the weight room.

“He shoots every day. He does not take a day off,” Thompson said, noting Medlin’s work ethic is shared by other players on the team as well.

“The other kids have all the confidence in the world in (Medlin). He’s got a little bit of a killer instinct and you can tell when he feels like he can beat his man.”

Trevor Kelly added 17 points as West scored 90 points for the first time since scoring 95 last season against East Montgomery.

“Everybody trusts each other. (Trevor) played a big game on defense, shot blocking. He’s a great rebounder and gives us everything on the court,” Medlin said.

Freshman Tayshawn Haygood added 11 points for West as well.

“Tayshaun was strong with the ball and has played two good games back-to-back,” Medlin said.

For Albemarle (2-2), sophomore point guard M.J. Raye continued his strong play this season scoring 31 points while Ali Currie added 20 points. Nhazer Little added 17 for the Bulldogs as well.

West Stanly hosts North Stanly Monday while Albemarle will go to Cabarrus Charter Tuesday.

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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