By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 —
The South Stanly varsity basketball teams made the trip over to Biscoe on Monday night for a Yadkin Valley Conference doubleheader with East Montgomery.
South Stanly 47
East Montgomery 39
Needing a win to pull into a tie with the host Eagles for eighth place in the YVC, South Stanly held East Montgomery to low shooting numbers and ended a long losing slide with a 47-39 win.
Chelsey Culp led the Rebel Bulls (3-13, 2-8 YVC) with 21 points including an 8-of-12 performance at the free-throw line. Ashlyn Whitley added nine second-half points for South and Clancy Russell also scored nine points.
Madison Crisco led East Montgomery (2-12, 2-8) with 19 points despite being shadowed most of the evening as South Stanly’s box-and-one defense was able to limit her offensive chances.
East Montgomery struggled from the floor in the first quarter, hitting just 1-of-17 in the period while South hit four of their first nine shots in the period. The Bulls led 10-0 before Crisco scored East’s only points of the first period.
Culp then scored 10 of the Bulls’ 12 points in the second quarter as South led by as much as 14 points before the Eagles scored four points in the final 13 seconds to pull within 10 points at halftime 23-13.
The host Eagles did not go away quietly in the game, pulling to within six points with two Crisco free throws at the 1:58 mark of the period. South was 0-of-5 from the field in the third but hit 8-of-12 free throws in the period to maintain the six-point advantage.
East got as close as four points in the final period but the Bulls continued to take the ball to the basket and score, drawing free throw attempts as well as hitting shots.
The win snaps an eight-game losing streak for South and creates a tie for the final spot in the YVC postseason tournament. Both teams lead Gray Stone (4-13, 1-9) by a game in the standings.
South Stanly travels to Gray Stone for a 6 p.m. game tonight.
SS 11 12 8 16 47
EM 2 11 12 14 39
SS – Chelsey Culp 21, Whitley 9, C. Russell 9, Benjamin 2, Nance 2, S. Russell 2, Smith 2.
EM – Madison Crisco 19, Ashley Greene 11, Quick 5, Hassell 4.
East Montgomery 66
South Stanly 40
The first time that the boys’ varsity teams of East Montgomery and South Stanly faced each other this season, the Eagles squeaked out a one-point win in Norwood.
In Monday’s rematch in Biscoe, South fell behind early and rallied in the third quarter, but the Eagles surged forward in the final period for the 66-40 win.
Michard Richardson led South Stanly (5-11, 4-6 YVC) with 13 points.
Ahmad Baldwin led three players in double figures for East Montgomery (9-8, 6-4) with 22 points, 11 coming in the first quarter. Damar Little had 14 points and Christopher Robinson added 12.
East jumped out to a 13-1 lead four minutes into the game and held South to 1-of-11 shooting in the period while hitting 7-of-15 to lead 19-7 after one.
The Bulls narrowed the gap in the second quarter to eight points on back-to-back baskets from Juwan Johnson to open the second quarter, but East again pushed the lead back to 12 by halftime.
South had their best shooting quarter of the game in the third period and made a run at the host Eagles. Trailing by 14 a minute into the third, South outscored East 13-6 over the next five minutes and narrowed the gap to 36-29 with 3:03 left in the period, forcing an Eagles’ timeout.
Leading by the score of 44-34 after three quarters, the Eagles took off in the final period, limiting South to 2-of-21 shooting in the fourth while hitting 7-of-14 from the field. The Eagles opened the fourth with a 7-0 run and went on to the victory.
The win pulls East Montgomery into a tie for fourth place with North Moore, with South trailing both teams by two games in the standings.
South Stanly will travel to Gray Stone (0-17, 0-10) tonight.
SS 7 9 18 6 40
EM 19 9 16 22 66
SS – Michard Richardson 13, W. Smith 8, Johnson 7, Burris 5, T. Smith 3, Harris 2, Holt 2.
EM – Ahmad Baldwin 22, Damar Little 14, Christopher Robinson 12, Morrison 7, Chambers 4, Scott 3, Lancaster 2, Pegues 1, Smith 1.