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Girls basketball: Concord at East Rowan

GRANITE QUARRY — The East Rowan girls withstood an unexpected challenge at home against Concord on Friday night, but they responded in a decisive way to claim a 64-43 South Piedmont Conference win.

Early in the second quarter, the Mustangs were up 12 and seemed in control. The Spiders suddenly came to life with a 10-0 run behind Jada Black and Jalliyah Cannady to cut the East Rowan margin to 26-23.  Instead of folding, East Rowan (15-2, 9-2 SPC) turned to forward Kaleigh Troutman for three inside power shots and moved back to a 38-25 margin by halftime.

“We have been in some battles this year and I think we finally understand about the ebb and flow of a game,” East Rowan coach Danielle Porter said. “If you keep doing the right things and those runs will end eventually.”

After the half, the Mustangs relied on the inside power of center Kelli Fisher and the speed of Shenelle and Shenique Pharr to pull out to a 50-31 lead and settle the outcome.

Fisher ignored foul problems to lead the win with 21 points and 16 rebounds. The Pharr twins combined for nine steals with Shenell scoring 13 and Shenique adding eight. Troutman came trough with 10 points and seven boards.

Concord (4-15, 1-10 SPC) was topped by point guard Cannady with 21 points while Black had 8.

East Rowan continues to trail Hickory Ridge by one game in the SPC standings, but it gets a chance to regain a share of first Tuesday at the Ragin’ Bulls’ gym. East Rowan lost to Hickory Ridge at home earlier this season by 10.

Concord (43): Cannady 21, Black 8, Patton 5, Privette 5, Robinson 2, Ford 2, Houston, Sweet, Oglesby, Williams, Anderson

East Rowan (64): Fisher 21, Shenell Pharr 13, Troutman 10, Shenique Pharr 8, Drew 4, Benge 4, J. Lowe 2, Ajayi 2, S. Lowe, Eller.

Concord 12  13  6  12  — 43

East Rowan 20  18  12  14 — 64

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