Three Stanly teams reach YVC tournament finals

Published 10:26 pm Thursday, February 17, 2022

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After the results of the semifinal matchups Wednesday and Thursday, three of the four teams playing in the Yadkin Valley Conference Basketball Tournaments will represent Stanly in the finals.

North Stanly has both its women’s and men’s teams in the finals for the first time since the 2013-14 season, when Albemarle also did the same that year. The schools split both games that year, with the North men and Albemarle women claiming victories.

Women’s Basketball

This season, the two most successful women’s teams in terms of wins and losses in the YVC were North Stanly and Albemarle.

The Comets took the regular-season championship and are 19-2 overall heading into Friday’s finals. North earned a bye in the first round of the tournament then downed Robinson, 63-49 in the semifinals Wednesday.

For Albemarle, the young Bulldogs finished the regular season in second place, going 17-6 overall and 7-3 in the YVC.

The Bulldogs advanced to Friday’s finals with a 61-37 win over Union Academy Thursday.

Previously, North has won both matchups this season against Albemarle, played at Pfeiffer’s Merner Gym, by scores of 77-51 and 55-47.

Men’s Basketball

North Stanly’s men’s team advanced to the YVC semifinals with a win Thursday night over host Mount Pleasant, 78-59.

Dyson Bell led three in double figures for the Comets (19-6) with 26 points. Doug Smith added 16 points and Clay Hatley had 13 for North.

The Comets, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, face No. 1 Jay M. Robinson Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs (21-3) are the No. 4 ranked team in the MaxPreps 2A West rankings, while the Comets are ranked 17th.

This season, Robinson has two wins over North by scores of 67-42 and 61-56.

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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