North Stanly men’s basketball ends losing streak to North Rowan

Published 12:51 pm Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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One of the Yadkin Valley Conference’s most successful team in terms of wins and losses in recent years has been the North Rowan Cavaliers.

The Cavs have been either first or finished tied for a share of the regular-season title for two straight seasons and finished third after going back to the 1A classification and joining the conference in the 2017-18 season.

Tuesday night, North Rowan hosted a North Stanly team with a new head coach this season, George Walker, and a group of talented juniors who played major minutes for the team last season.

The Comets ended a seven-game losing streak to North Rowan with a 59-42 road win.

Junior Doug Smith led the Comets (2-1, 1-0 YVC) with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, adding five blocked shots. Another junior, Dyson Bell, just missed a double-double for North, adding 14 points and nine boards. Stefan Harris, another junior, added six points and rebounds while dishing out six assists.

Quashawn Carpenter was top scorer for the Cavaliers (0-2, 0-1) with 16 points.

The Comets won the game while being in foul trouble most of the game, along with losing sophomore starter Clay Hatley to a sprained ankle in the second half.

Walker, who coached four years at Mount Pleasant and two at Concord, earned his 99th career head coaching victory Tuesday.

The win for the Comets gives the team “huge momentum going forward and a lot to build on,” according to Walker.

North Stanly’s win was the first for the Comets over the Cavaliers since a 66-62 win Jan. 10, 2018.

The Comets host South Davidson Friday.

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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