Comets women push win streak to 11, top Albemarle

Published 2:13 pm Monday, January 10, 2022

First place in the Yadkin Valley Conference was on the line Friday night when the women’s basketball teams of Albemarle and North Stanly met at Pfeiffer University.

The Comets jumped out to an early lead and pulled away for a 77-49 win over the Bulldogs.

Lexi Goode led the Comets (11-1, 4-0 YVC) with 26 points, adding four steals, while Shalyn Bell posted another double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Paris Bennett also had a double-double for North with 15 points and a team-high 14 boards. Nyleiah White also reached double figures with 13 points and added five assists.

Kai Spencer led Albemarle (10-4, 1-1) and all scorers with 21 points and had a double-double, adding 17 rebounds. Jordyn Crump reached double figures for the Bulldogs with 10 points. Amari Baldwin had nine points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals for Albemarle, while Jasmine Brown had six points, eight boards and three blocks in 13 minutes played.

The Comets built a double-digit lead after one quarter, 25-11, outscoring the Bulldogs in all four quarters of the game. North led at halftime 47-25 and outscored Albemarle 30-24 in the second half.

“The girls worked very hard to prepare for this game,” North head coach Regan Allen said. “With not having four players, they all really took it upon themselves to make sure they were the best version of themselves going into the game.”

Allen said she believed the Comets’ motivation came from knowing the win allowed North to take first place in the conference standings, along with the face many of the players on both teams play travel ball together.

North will not return to the court until Jan. 17 when the Comets travel to West Stanly for a non-conference match.

Albemarle continues conference play Thursday at Jay M. Robinson (4-8, 1-1).

 

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 four times by the North Carolina Press Association.

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