Battle of young teams goes to North Stanly over Albemarle

Published 8:19 pm Friday, December 13, 2019

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A low-scoring affair Friday night at Pfeiffer’s Merner Gym saw North Stanly see a sizable lead dwindle to one late in the third before a big run put the Comets up for good in a 54-win for the Comets.

Lexi Goode led North (2-4, 2-0 YVC) with 25 points, 15 coming in the second half. Mary Beth Bowers added 15 points, 12 coming in the first half, while Paris Bennett scored 14 for the Comets.

Krystin McLendon paced Albemarle (0-6, 0-3) with 20 points while Shada Wall added 17 points.

The Bulldogs trailed 31-19 at halftime but caught fire in the third, pulling to within one point in the final 30 seconds, 41-40.

North head coach Greg Speight called a timeout which Goode said gave the team a break to get their minds set right.

Speight added he told his team in the timeout in the third quarter to not rush and take their time.

She responded with a 3-pointer from the left corner with seconds left gave North momentum. The Comets then went on a 10-0 run over the first 90 seconds of the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

“I just do it. I do what I have to do,” Goode said about her efforts in the game.

“It’s a young team. Sometimes I don’t have any idea what we might get,” Speight said. This season North has just two players on its roster which are upperclassmen: senior Payton Landis at guard and junior reserve forward Syrai Jackson.

“We started making some baskets…every win is a good win,” Speight said.

“I think we can keep winning. (The win) boosted our confidence,” Goode said.

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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