2020 YVC Basketball Tourney opens
Published 1:39 pm Wednesday, February 19, 2020
In the opening round of the 2020 Yadkin Valley Conference basketball tournament, higher seeds hosted first round games on Monday and Tuesday nights.
The top-seeded Gray Stone Knights opened the tournament Monday with a 65-23 win over No. 8-seed South Davidson.
Olivia Payne led Gray Stone (21-1) with 15 points while Jolee King reached double figures with 10 points. The front-court combination of Danika Ray and Seccora Medley added eight points each for the Knights.
Hannah Harrison led the Wildcats (4-20) with 11.
Gray Stone will face Uwharrie Charter tonight at 7 in the YVC semifinals, hosted by South Davidson.
The Eagles, the No. 4-seed, advanced with a 46-34 win over No. 5 North Stanly (8-13).
On the bottom half of the bracket, second-seed North Rowan advanced with a 57-48 win Monday versus No. 7 South Stanly.
The Cavaliers play today at 4 p.m. versus No. 3 Chatham Central, who earned a 48-44 win over No. 6 Albemarle.
The 2020 YVC men’s basketball tournament has added meaning this season with three teams having finished tied for first place in the regular-season title race.
South Stanly, Chatham Central and North Rowan entered the week vying for the No. 1-seed from the conference into the state playoffs.
The Rebel Bulls, playing as the No. 3-seed Tuesday night, fell out of the race for the top seed falling to No. 6 Uwharrie Charter, 54-52, ending an 11-game win streak for South Stanly.
Jaquez Cooke led the Bulls (19-6) with 22 points while Jadius Jones added 11 and Justin Gaddy scored 10.
Jordan Harrison led three in double figures for the Eagles (10-12) with 22.
Uwharrie Charter will take on No. 2-seeded North Rowan (18-7) who topped No. 7 North Moore Tuesday, 67-27, tonight at 5:30.
On the top of the bracket, Albemarle and North Stanly met for the third time this season but on the Comets’ home floor after two neutral-site games at Pfeiffer.
The Comets (14-10), seeded fourth in the bracket, came away with a 76-56 win Tuesday night over Albemarle.
Sophomore Koby Poole led North with 29 points, including 21 in the first half, while Dyson Bell added 19. Cooper Hogan added nine points, including 6-of-6 from the free-throw line.
M.J Raye led the Bulldogs (9-15) with 16 points, while Camarie McNeill added 10. Ali Currie just missed double figures, finishing with nine points.
North will take on No. 1-seed Chatham Central tonight at 8:30. The Bears advanced with a win over South Davidson Tuesday, 82-41.