• 70°

Prep hoops: North Davidson girls 68, East 63

By David Shaw
dshaw@salisburypost.com
GRANITE QUARRY ó It’s already been a long season for the East Rowan girls basketball team.
The Mustangs kicked off the year by coughing up a 16-point third-quarter advantage and falling 68-63 to visiting North Davidson on Tuesday.
“We panicked at the end,” coach Karen Garmon said after East made only three baskets in the fourth quarter and watched a 45-29 lead evaporate. “We broke their press and started making errant passes. I feel like we’re struggling getting into our offense and getting comfortable.”
The home stretch felt like an itchy wool sweater that didn’t fit.
“We definitely lost momentum in the second half,” said East’s Ashley Collins, one of four starting guards. “Their press, their guards, were incredible. That’s some of the best defense I’ve ever seen.”
No one got to see it in the early stages.
East jumped to a 20-6 first-quarter lead and led by nine points at halftime. Most impressive were senior Katelynne Poole and sophomore post player Olivia Rankin, who teamed for 23 points in the first half.
“At halftime my assistant said, ‘I don’t think we have a pulse,’ ” North Davidson head coach Kim Payne said. “East Rowan was pretty much doing whatever they wanted to.”
The big momentum shift began shortly after Rankin, a 6-footer with a soft touch, hit a bank shot from the foul line to give the Mustangs a 36-25 lead early in the third quarter.
“When we were running and gunning and pushing the ball up the floor, we did a great job,” Garmon said. “But once we tried to slow down the pace ó which usually is our strength ó we got a little herky-jerky. It’s first-game indecisiveness.”
By the middle of the third quarter East was brimming with first-game confidence. A 9-0 run, sparked by Poole’s 3-pointer from the left side and a couple of Poole free throws, put the Mustangs ahead by 16.
Gradually, North Davidson chipped away at its deficit, trimming it to 52-46 when Maudie Amos gained position for a layup with 5:50 remaining.
When teammate Ashlei Clodfelter sprung free on a fastbreak layup 90 seconds later, the score was tied 52-52.
“We picked up our intensity in the second half,” Payne said. “We got into a rhythm and started making more shots.”
And East stopped.
Collins hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Mustangs a 56-55 lead with three minutes to go, but there would be only one East field goal in the closing moments.
North, meanwhile, got a 3-pointer from Alex Payne and layups from Clodfelter, Haley Allen and high-scorer Katie Allen.
“We got frustrated and froze up at the end,” Rankin said after netting 15 points. “Still, we gave it our all.”
Poole led the Mustangs with 19 points. She had kind words for Rankin, a budding star.
“We can just give her the ball, and she’ll turn and score easily,” Poole said. “She’s smart, and she’s got a great basketball body.”
Garmon plans to feed Rankin the ball on a regular basis.
“We’re gonna give the ball to Olivia Rankin every opportunity we get,” Garmon said. “Because she’s solid. She can be dominant on the inside, and she can finish.”
Afterward, Collins reviewed the day’s lesson.
“We know where we are now,” she said. “We can learn from it and move on.”
NORTH DAVIDSON (68) ó K.Allen 19, A.Clodfelter 12, Payne 8, C.Clodfelter 7, Amos 6, Cook 5, Lanier 5, Pritchard 3, H.Allen 3.EAST ROWAN (63) ó Poole 19, Rankin 15, Collins 12, Sabo 7, Holshouser 7, Vanderford 3, File.N. Davidson 6 17 17 28 ó 68
E. Rowan 20 12 18 13 ó 63

Comments

Comments closed.

Health

Salisbury City Council will return to virtual meetings, require face masks in city buildings

Landis

Landis goes big with two helicopters for National Night Out

Local

Spencer and East Spencer join forces for National Night Out

Local

City Council approves Grants Landing development on Rowan Mill Road

Education

In lighter-than-usual year, RSS nutrition staff serve more than 100,000 summer meals

Nation/World

CDC issues new eviction ban for most of US through Oct. 3

Nation/World

Pushback challenges vaccination requirements at US colleges

News

More North Carolinians getting COVID shot amid Delta variant

Crime

Appeals court tosses China Grove man’s murder conviction, citing lack of evidence

Crime

Two men charged with robbing, killing Gold Hill woman

David Freeze

Day 8 for Freeze brings trooper, tunnel and more climbing

Education

Back to School: A message from RSS Superintendent Tony Watlington

Education

Salisbury’s colleges take different approaches to COVID-19 vaccinations

Coronavirus

Back to school: COVID-19 in RSS, K-12 schools

Local

Rowan County commissioners approve agreement for millions in opioid settlement funding

High School

Fall sports: Official practice begins

News

Nancy Stanback remembered for compassion, philanthropy

News

David Freeze: Finally a day that met expectations

Education

Back to School: Getting to know RSS schools

Education

Back to school: From public to charter, Faith Elementary won’t miss a beat

News

Threat of rising evictions looms in North Carolina

Nation/World

US hits 70% vaccination rate — a month late, amid a surge

Education

Turbyfill remembered for years working to help students

Local

Blotter: Shots fired when motorcycle club tries to kick member out