• 28°

Prep Basketball: West Rowan girls 56, West Iredell 49

By Bret Strelow

Salisbury Post

STATESVILLE — Foul trouble and free-throw struggles didn’t stop West Rowan’s girls from holding on for a road win.

The visiting Falcons prolonged their playoff aspirations by earning a 56-49 victory against West Iredell on Friday night.

West Rowan led by 18 points late in the third quarter and by 13 early in the fourth. The Warriors drew as close as 51-49 with one minute left, but free throws by Brooke Taylor and Rhonda Turner closed out the scoring.

West Rowan (11-9, 5-5 NPC) lost the first meeting, but the fifth-place Falcons now trail West Iredell (12-7, 6-4) by one game in the league standings. They are two games behind third-place North Iredell (10-8, 7-3).

“We just have to keep knocking these people off and keep moving up the ladder,” West Rowan coach Bob Blake said.

Taylor (14 points, five steals), Peyton Sawyer (12 points, four steals, three blocks) and Rachel Graham (11 points, six steals) scored in double figures for the Falcons. Turner went toe-to-toe with West Iredell forward Shauna Redmon, who had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Seven of West Rowan’s 10 two-point field goals were fastbreak layups, and Taylor and Graham each made two 3-pointers.

The Falcons went 25-for-47 from the line, including 12-for-25 in the fourth quarter. They were 7-for-19 in the period when Taylor stepped to the line with 50.2 seconds left.

Taylor, who had missed 10 of her first 12 free-throw tries, made two to give West Rowan a 53-49 lead.

“I figured they had to fall sometime,” Taylor said, “and they finally fell.”

Redmon secured an offensive rebound with 34 seconds left, but West Rowan reserve Katie Cox blocked Redmon’s putback attempt.

“I was like, ‘All right, whatever, I guess I’ll go for it,’ ” Cox said. “It probably wasn’t a good choice because I had four fouls.”

West Iredell missed another shot, and Turner drew an over-the-back foul going for the rebound. She made two more free throws for a six-point lead.

“That was a huge block from Katie,” Blake said. “We got the ball, went down and they fouled us. That was a big turning point.”

WEsT ROWAN (56) — Taylor 14, Sawyer 13, Graham 11, Turner 7, Cox 4, Adams 3, Simmons 2, Kraft 2, Stout 1, Foster, Izze.

WEST IREDELL (49) — Allison 13, Redmon 11, Dagenhart 7, Branch 5, Melvin 4, Allegro 3, Rufty 2, Laws 2, Waugh 2, Stroud, Stokes.

West Rowan 13 14 13 16 — 56

West Iredell 9 7 13 20 — 49


Contact Bret Strelow at 704-797-4258 or bstrelow@salisburypost.com.


Comments closed.


Political Notebook: Interim health director to talk COVID-19 at county Democrats breakfast


‘Their names liveth forevermore:’ Officials dedicate Fire Station No. 6 to fallen firefighters Monroe, Isler


Blotter: Salisbury man charged for breaking into Salisbury high, getting juvenile to help


With virus aid in sight, Democrats debate filibuster changes


City officials differ on how, what information should be released regarding viral K-9 officer video

High School

High school basketball: Carson girls are 3A champions


High school, college sweethearts marry nearly 50 years later


With jury trials set to resume, impact of COVID-19 on process looms

Legion baseball

Book explores life of Pfeiffer baseball coach Joe Ferebee


Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education to receive update on competency-based education


Biz Roundup: Kannapolis expects to see economic, housing growth continue in 2021


A fixture of downtown Salisbury’s shopping scene, Caniche celebrates 15th anniversary this month


Slate of new officers during local GOP convention; Rev. Jenkins becomes new chair


Landis officials narrow search for new manager to five candidates; expect decision within a month


Together at last: High school, college sweethearts marry nearly 50 years later


Rowan-Salisbury Schools sorts out transportation logistics in preparation for full-time return to classes

High School

Photo gallery: Carson goes undefeated, wins 3A state championship


Europe staggers as infectious variants power virus surge


Biden, Democrats prevail as Senate OKs $1.9 trillion virus relief bill


Senate Democrats strike deal on jobless aid, move relief bill closer to approval


Duke Life Flight pilot may have shut down wrong engine in fatal crash


Two NC counties get to participate in satellite internet pilot for students


PETA protesters gather in front of police department


UPDATED: Eight new COVID-19 deaths, 203 positives reported in county this week