Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 9, 2013
SPENCER — As the second quarter began for North Rowan Friday against South Stanly, Taylor Sells’ long-range onslaught also began.
Swoosh after swoosh came off the senior’s hands, as she drained six 3-pointers in the period for all 18 of her points in North’s, 54-31,Yadkin Valley Conference win.
“I had to sit in the first quarter with two early fouls and I was pretty upset about that, so I wanted to come out in the second shooting,” Sells said.
A frustrated South Stanly bench could be heard repeatedly bellowing “Who’s got No. 3?”
Sells’ scorching shooting paced North to a 32-16 halftime lead it would not relinquish.
While Sells went frigid in the second half for the Cavs, point guard Demeria Robinson took over the offensive torch.
Robinson drove the lane effectively and often in the second half, scoring 13 of her 18 points over the final two quarters.
She stuffed the stat sheet to the tune of 18 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five steals.
“Coach Lytton told us at halftime to turn up the intensity and that’s what I tried to do in the second half. We wanted to run and push the ball more,” Robinson said.
Aliyah Farmer came up huge for the Cavs on the defensive end, collecting nine rebounds and five steals.
Farmer even succeeded in sending an Ashlyn Whitley 3-point attempt into the lap of the Cavalier cheerleaders, drawing gasps from the home crowd.
“I think it was very important to our seniors to get this win on senior night,” North coach Brian Lytton said.
“I felt like we got everybody some playing time tonight and I really wanted the girls to focus on their intensity and get ready for the conference tournament.”
Sells fouled out in the fourth quarter during “garbage time” and didn’t tack another point on to her tally, but was much obliged to share the spotlight with Robinson.
“They started running a box-in-one on me in the second half and I told my teammates to just go to the basket and that’s what they did,” Sells said.
North received solid contributions from all three of its seniors Friday. Sells had her 18 points, Kayla Smith scored five and Amber Carter netted three.
The Cavs now turn their attention to the YVC conference tournament next weekend.
SOUTH STANLY (31) — Culp 15, Whitley 8, Nance 4, St. Russell 4, Benjamin, C. Russell, Sy. Russell, Smith, Sturdivant.
NORTH ROWAN (54) — Robinson 18, Sells 18, Farmer 8, Smith 5, Carter 3, Lingle 2, Allen, Lytton, Morrison, Royer.
S. Stanly 07 09 06 09 — 31
N. Rowan 08 24 09 13 — 54