South Stanly men reach semifinals of North tourney

Published 3:44 pm Friday, December 29, 2023

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The start to the 2023-24 season for the South Stanly men’s basketball team ranks among the most successful in the program’s history.

Entering the North Stanly men’s basketball holiday tournament this week, the Bulls were undefeated and ranked second in the MaxPreps 1A Western Region.

The undefeated start is the best since South opened the 2008-09 season with six wins in a row. South has three players averaging double figures in points per game this season: Cohen Whitley (19 ppg), Gavyn Miller (14 ppg) and Drew Gaddy (11 ppg).

South Stanly took on the Bonnie Cone Leadership Academy Eagles from Huntersville, and easily cruised to an 87-25 win.

Whitley had a huge first half for the Bulls (9-0) scoring 24 of his game-high 30 points in the first 16 minutes. He hit four three-pointers in the first half and was 4-of-4 at the free-throw line.

Miller  and Carter Callicutt both reached double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively. All 11 players in the scorebook scored at least two points in the win versus the Eagles (2-9).

South Stanly takes on Corvian Community (4-2) tonight at 7:30 p.m. The Cardinals advanced to the semifinals with an 80-35 win versus West Stanly (4-5).


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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