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Girls basketball: West Rowan breaks through against Hickory Ridge

MOUNT ULLA — West Rowan’s girls aced their midterms Friday night.

The host Falcons stood up and denied South Piedmont Conference leader Hickory Ridge in a 59-52 victory.

“We’re halfway through the conference (schedule),” coach Ashley Poole said after West (6-9 overall) squared its league record at 4-4. “And we like where we are. I’ve said all along that when this team comes to play, it’s gonna play. Now we might make a difference in the conference.”

West Rowan placed three scorers in double figures, led by junior Khaila Hall’s 24 points. Taylor Martin added 14 and Diamond Lovell had a season-best 11.

HR (13-3, 7-1) never led after Lovell cut for a layup that put West ahead 46-45 midway through the fourth quarter. Hall followed with a 3-pointer from the top of the key.

“After our last game (Tuesday’s 51-47 loss to Cox Mill) we kinda had a heart-to-heart,” Poole said. “Talking about playing with a purpose and playing up to their potential. That’s what happened out there tonight. When you play a whole game, good things happen.”

Hickory Ridge (52): Miller 12, Smith 12, Means 11, McManiemen 9, Scott 2, Weathers 2, Jones 2, Shears 1, Manley 1.

West Rowan (59): Hall 24, Martin 14, Lovell 11, Spratt 6, Vaughters 2, Miller 2, Charles, Cowan, Yow.

Hickory Ridge 9  19  10  14 — 52

West Rowan 16  11  16  16 — 59

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