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Gray Stone women fall in 1A third-round playoff game at East Surry

The fifth-seeded Gray Stone women’s basketball squad entered Saturday’s 1A Western Region third-round playoff game at No. 4 East Surry having not lost a road game all season long.

That streak ended as East Surry came out strong in the first quarter, quickly building a double-digit lead on the way to a 65-44 win over the Knights.

Seccora Medley led Gray Stone (25-2) with 18 points in her final game with the Knights. Senior Danika Ray added 12 and Danielle Werts had seven.

Cadence Lawson led the Cardinals (20-6) with 22 points, while Rosie Craven added 11.

The Cardinals opened the game with a 7-0 run over the first two minutes and never trailed, leading 25-8 after the first quarter on a bank-shot 3-pointer.

East Surry maintained a 20-point lead for the remainder of the game.

The Knights finished the season 25-2, matching the school record for most wins set in the 2016-17 season. Gray Stone also finished with a 92.6 win percentage, setting a school record.

“(East Surry) made the game fast and we just didn’t settle in quickly enough and they turned that into quite a walloping in the first half,” Gray Stone head coach Robert Stack said.

Stack said getting behind early took the Knights out of what they wanted to do and it took his team time to recover.

“In the second half, we showed we’re capable of playing with them. They were just better tonight,” Stack said.

The Cardinals will play Tuesday at the top-seeded Murphy Bulldogs, who won Saturday over Cherokee 63-44.

Gray Stone graduates a number of seniors, including Ray, Werts, Medley, Ava Whitley, Grace Straining, Sidney Webster and Lauren Allsbrook.

Stack said this season was all about everyone being a family, taking on every single challenge.

“It’s never about one person…it’s about Gray Stone. It’s about the girls who worked hard and suffered a lot of defeats and the girls who are to come. If we keep that mentality, everything works out.”

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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