North Stanly men get big efforts from senior center in road win

Published 1:22 am Saturday, February 5, 2022

The North Stanly men’s basketball roster has nine seniors on it, many of whom have played together on the varsity level for several seasons.

(Photo Contributed by Earl Bradshaw)

Center Doug Smith has had a big impact this season, including Friday’s 82-69 win at Mount Pleasant.

The 6-foot-8 Smith dominated the paint and finished with 35 points in the win for North (14-6, 9-2 YVC). He connected from the field 13 times, including several dunks. Smith was also 9-for-9 from the free-throw line.

His biggest quarter of the night may have been the second, where he scored 12 of North’s 27 points in the period.

Stefan Harris added 15, all coming in the first half, while Koby Poole reached double figures with 12 points.

Jaden Carnes led the Tigers (13-8, 7-3) with 28 points while Easton Leonard added 23.

“(Doug) is just such a force on offense and defense right now,” North head coach George Walker said. “(He is) someone we can give the ball to and know he can get a bucket.”

The Comets play at West Stanly in a non-conference match Monday.

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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