North Rowan girls defeat West Davidson
By Jason Queen
TYRO — If there were varying degrees of flatness, West Davidson’s girls were gashed and completely off the rim Tuesday night.
Despite showing very little life and energy, the Dragons had a chance at the end before dropping a 51-48 Central Carolina Conference decision to North Rowan.
West coach Jamie Payne was at a total loss for her team’s lack of energy, seemingly from the opening tip. “That was a very ugly ballgame,” Payne said. “I feel like, my girls were not with it tonight. They didn’t play with heart.”
It looked like a very winnable game for the Green Dragons. North Rowan came in with a 2-14 record, and West had just beaten the Cavs a week ago.
None of that mattered to the visitors. Brianna White ignited an 11-0 run for the visitors late in the first quarter to stake North to a 16-9 lead.
White finished with 17 points, and often found herself wide open on the blocks behind West’s zone defense. While she was dominating the paint, Andrea Godfrey used a variety of jump shots and dribble penetration to score 16 points.
That two-girl combination helped the Cavaliers keep a fairly safe lead into the fourth quarter. But over the final 3:21, North went 5-for-16 from the free-throw line, including the front end of two one-and-ones, and that was the opening West needed to claw back in it.
Zoie Grant banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key to get within 47-42, then Olivia Sharpe buried a 3-pointer from the corner. That made it 48-45 with 1:41 to go, but the Dragons couldn’t take advantage of North’s poor performance from the charity stripe.
West missed 2-of-3 free throws in the final two minutes, and missed a handful of makeable shots that could have made it even closer.
Sharpe finished with 19 points for the Dragons, who fell to 10-10 overall, 3-4 in the CCC. Mary Nebrichhad 12 points, and Karlie Cook 10.
NORTH ROWAN (51) — White 17, Godfrey 16, Connor 7, Oglesby 7, Shoaf 4.
WEST DAVIDSON (48) — Sharpe 19, Nebrich 12, Cook 10, Grant 3, Rabon 2, Lowe 1, Sink 1.
North Rowan 18 11 9 13 — 51
W. Davidson 12 11 9 16 — 48