North Stanly women survive nail-biter at home, keep win streak alive

Published 2:50 pm Friday, January 28, 2022

The North Stanly Comets entered Wednesday’s home game with Jay M. Robinson having not lost a game in their past 13 outings.

Of the team’s 13 wins, none came by less than 13 points.

However, the visiting Bulldogs took North down to the wire, where a senior Comets guard gave her team the lift at the end for a 51-50 victory.

Lexi Goode, who finished with 19 points, hit the second of two free throws with 15.6 seconds left to give North the win.

Robinson (7-10, 3-3) tied the game with 25 seconds left and later had a chance on the game’s final possession to end North’s streak, but could not get a shot off as the buzzer sounded.

North forwards Shalyn Bell and Paris Bennett each scored 12 points in the win for the Comets.

Returning to the floor in the win was North point guard Gia Dunlap. Head coach Regan Allen said Dunlap’s impact on the game “was huge on and off the court. Her positive attitude is infectious on the bench and on the court. Her ability to lead on the court is crucial in how our offense runs.”

Allen said she was proud of the fight the team put up in the win even when they were behind.

“The girls played great team basketball, and it showed. They trusted one another the whole time. We know we have things to work on as the second round of conference play picks up.”

The Comets take on Albemarle (12-5, 3-2 YVC) Tuesday night at Pfeiffer University.

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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