West Rowan girls rout the Cavaliers

Published 12:54 am Thursday, December 15, 2016

By Marny Hendrick


MOUNT ULLA — The West Rowan girls appear determined to put the pain of a lopsided loss firmly behind them. After losing by 40 to Central Cabarrus last week, the Falcons have taken out their frustrations on two county rivals on consecutive nights.

The latest victim was North Rowan, who came to West Wednesday night and left with a 64-25 defeat. One night earlier, West thumped East Rowan by 40. “It is not payback by any means,” said Falcon coach Ashley Poole. “It is just us getting back to basics and giving a strong effort.”

The winless Cavalier girls (0-5) were never in this game and West rolled out to a 14-0 lead that reached 23-2 after one quarter. By halftime, it was 38-8 and midway in the fourth quarter, the game went to a running clock as West (4-2) went ahead by 40 points.

North first-year coach Ron Bost denied that is team got hit by a buzz-saw. “We didn’t get buzz-sawed, we just didn’t play our game.” Bost said. “It is all about effort, but we will figure it out and we will fix it.”

The Falcons were led by by junior center Egypt Alexander (16 points, 8 rebounds) and sophomore guard Mary Sobataka (13 points) and a strong defensive game. But freshmen Taylor Poole and Abigail Wilson also played a major role in the outcome. Poole, a 5-4 guard, posted 12 points with four three pointers. “I was able to get a good look and I was feeling it,” she said. Wilson, a 5-10 power forward, scored a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds,

North played a competitive third period behind senior forward Brianna White, who finished with 10 points. Bea Conner chipped in with eight points.

For the game, West out rebounded the smaller North team, 33-13, and harassed them into numerous turnovers. “Our main focus was on playing good defense,” said Sobataka. “Coach told us we needed to pressure the ball and get our transition game going.”

West closes out their pre-Christmas schedule with SPC games at Concord and Cox Mill next week. The North girls will play next week in a tournament at Northwest Guilford High in Greensboro against Wesleyan Christian on Tuesday and Northwest Guilford on Wednesday.

NORTH ROWAN (25) — White 10, Connor 8, Evans 3, Sherrill 2, Joyner 2, Robinson, Cain, Holland, Davis, Chambers, Hopkins, Shoaf.

WEST ROWAN (64) — Alexander 16, Sobataka 13, Poole 12, Wilson 11, Robinson 3, Blabon 3, Pruitt 2, Connolly 2, Fesperman, Hillie.

North Rowan            2     6    13     4  — 25

West Rowan            23    15    15    11 — 64