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West Stanly basketball opened with home game versus North Stanly

West Stanly opened the 2020-21 basketball season Tuesday night at home taking on cross-county rival North Stanly.

Three players scored in double figures for the Colts to lift the hosts to a 61-52 win over the Comets.

Austin Medlin led the Colts (1-0) with 19 points, hitting 7-of-14 from the field, while Jake Bartell added 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. Tayshawn Haywood knocked down a pair of threes and added 10 points for West while Jordan Manshack led the Colts with six assists.

Dyson Bell was top scorer for North (0-1) with 15 points, with Doug Smith adding 14 points including hitting 7-of-9 at the foul line.

“North did a good job taking us out of some of the things we want to do offensively,” West head coach John Thompson said. “We have to do a better job rebounding; they were tougher than us on the boards at times.”

Thompson added Bartell was “fantastic…he did a little bit of everything: scoring, rebounding and distributing.

The coach added Manshack “did a great job at the point making the right play and not turning it over.”

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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