Gray Stone basketball seasons delayed by COVID

Published 3:29 pm Friday, January 22, 2021

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The Gray Stone basketball seasons got a late start this season because of a positive COVID test from one player and subsequent quarantine of both teams, which lasted until this week.

Gray Stone’s squads went on the road Thursday night for a season and conference opening doubleheader at North Moore.

Both teams return to YVC action tonight at home against Chatham Central.

Women’s Basketball

The Knights’ women’s team, coming in as the defending Yadkin Valley Conference champions, got out to a slow start offensively but earned a 44-20 win over the Mustangs.

Olivia Payne led Gray Stone with 12 points while Jenna Robinson added nine.

Gray Stone head coach Robert Stack said the game “looked like two teams who had not played a game in this crazy year…(we) had some opportunities but did not rebound well especially offensively.”

The Knights trailed 6-5 after the first quarter, but responded by outscoring North Moore 30-10 over the next two periods en route to the win.

“We started to get a rhythm in the second quarter and converted on some shots. (Our) defense was more intense and we disrupted their offense. We still have a lot of chemistry to build,” Stack said.

Men’s Basketball

First year head coach Jaquan Goldston, in his first head varsity coaching position after coaching the JVs and assisting with varsity last season, inherited a team which earned just one victory last season in 19 games.

The Knights were outscored by a wide margin in the first quarter as Gray Stone fell on the road to North Moore, 57-21.

Gray Stone trailed 16-5 after one quarter despite leading 5-4 with three minutes left in the frame. The Mustangs took the lead seconds later and did not trail the rest of the way, outscoring Gray Stone 19-6 to lead at halftime, 35-11.G

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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