By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 —
The basketball programs at Carolina Christian and North Stanly continued their seasons with games on Friday and Monday night, respectively. The Lions hosted a doubleheader with the Cabarrus Stallions on Friday night and North Stanly travelled to North Moore on Monday night.
Carolina Christian 52
Cabarrus Stallions 30
The Carolina Christian Lady Lions improved to 5-0 on the season defeating the Cabarrus Stallions 52-30.
The Lady Lions continued to play solid defense and exhibit balance on the offensive end of the floor. Leading 15-7 after the first quarter, the Lady Lions stretched their lead to 29-11 at the half, holding the Stallions to just four points in both the second and third quarters, respectively.
“My players are willing to sacrifice for their team. Chelsea injured her hand in the first few minutes of the game, but insisted on staying in. We iced it during time outs. She only allowed two free throws to a fine Stallions player,” CCS head coach Randy Burris said.
CS 7 4 4 15 30
CCS 15 14 10 13 52
CS – A. Messisco 2, L. Olson 2, A. Long 2, K. Holm 6, K. Long 1, G. Potter 14, S. Lewis 3.
CCS – Ashton Franklin 12, Grigg 2, Ka. Pinion 9, Che. Burris 2, Chloe Burris 10, R. Burris 5, Elizabeth Franklin 10, Ko. Pinion 2.
North Stanly 56
North Moore 51
The North Stanly girls travelled to Robbins on Monday night in search of avenging their loss in their season opener this year to North Moore.
Long-distance shooting proved to be a huge difference in the game as the Comets knocked down nine three-pointers as a team rallying for a 56-51 win over the Mustangs.
Gentry Grubb led the Comets (3-1) with 25 points with Jenni Speight adding 17.
The Comets were 9-of-25 from the three-point arc (36 percent) and hit 15-of-29 from the free-throw line.
North Stanly ended the first half on an 8-0 run to cut the lead of the Mustangs (3-1) to two at halftime after North Moore led most of the first half. North Moore opened the game with a 15-4 run.
North took a 40-39 lead near the end of the third and never trailed again.
“Bad free throw shooting hurt us but great effort was able to pull us through,“ North head coach Greg Speight said.
NS 6 20 16 14 56
NM 17 11 11 12 51
Cabarrus Stallions 67
Carolina Christian 66
Carolina Christian's men dropped a tightly-contested battle to the Cabarrus Stallions 67-66.
Randy Hanson poured in 23 points for the Stallions (5-0) to lead all scorers. Steven Carr had 15 points for the Lions (4-2) while Justin Sellers added 14.
After trailing 22-19 at halftime, the Lions came out roaring in the third quarter. Behind a stifling pressure defense CCS led 50-41 going into the final quarter. The Stallions prevailed in the final quarter, hitting 22-of-27 from the free throw line.
“We had missed assignments down the stretch and they really cost us. We will continue working to eliminate our mistakes,” CCS head coach Marcus Dilligard said.
CS 11 18 12 26 67
CCS 7 15 28 16 66
CS – Hanson 6, C. Riley 12, R. Hanson 23, G. Stoller 14, Clanton 5, Gouch 7
CCS – George 8, Zagada 2, Justin Sellers 14, W. Player 13, Steven Carr 15, Joseph Martin 10, Moore 4
North Stanly 51
North Moore 48
North Stanly opened the season last month and suffered a close loss to the North Moore Mustangs, but avenged that loss Monday night in Robbins.
Kasey Caulder and Dillon Blalock had 12 points each for the Comets (1-3), which included two Caulder free throws with 1:30 left in the game on both ends of a one-and-one to give North a late lead.
With the game tied at 40-40 with three minutes to play, North Stanly went on a 7-2 push and led by two possessions the rest of the way until one final possesion for the Mustangs.
North Moore (1-3) had a chance to tie with 1.7 seconds left, but the Comets deflected the inbound attempt and held on for the win.
“We did a better job of taking are of the basketball,” North head coach Chris Misenheimer said.
“We broke the press without much problem, which is where we had trouble last time.”
North Stanly hosts East Montgomery on Wednesday night.
NS 12 5 19 15 51
NM 12 12 11 13 48