• 73°

Salisbury girls crush North Rowan, 54-10

Bryanna Troutman

Wayne Hinshaw/for the Salisbury Post ... Salisbury’s  Bryanna Troutman (5) scores during last night’s romp over North Rowan. Troutman scored 18 points in the Hornets’ 19th straight victory.

Wayne Hinshaw/for the Salisbury Post …
Salisbury’s Bryanna Troutman (5) scores during last night’s romp over North Rowan. Troutman scored 18 points in the Hornets’ 19th straight victory.

By Mike London
mike.london@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — What do you work on when you’ve already clinched the Central Carolina Conference championship, you’re ranked third in 2A, and you’ve got a nice winning streak?

Well, if you’re the Salisbury girls, you work on defense. Salisbury held North Rowan without a field goal in the first half on Friday at Catawba’s Goodman Gym and romped, 54-10.

“It’s not like we’re looking past anyone, but we are trying to prepare for the playoffs, for what’s waiting ahead of us,” Salisbury coach Lakai Brice said. “Our focus lately has been on defense, especially man-to-man defense. If we’re going to do anything in the playoffs, we’ve got to be able to play good man-to-man.”

It was 36-1 at halftime and 54-3 after three quarters. The game was played with a running clock after the Hornets went ahead 44-3 on a Bryanna Troutman bucket midway through the third quarter.

For what it’s worth, North won the fourth quarter, 7-0.

The Hornet who had the most challenging defensive assignment was Mystjkal Phifer. She started the game guarding Brianna White, North’s leading scorer.

“Brianna White is a great athlete,” Brice said. “But Mystjkal did a pretty good job on her.”

White scored seven of North’s 10.

A free throw by White gave North (4-17. 3-7 CCC) a 1-0 lead, but the Hornets (19-1, 10-0 CCC) scored the next 40 points, shutting out the Cavaliers for 17  long minutes in the process.

When North’s Tajah Oglesby drove the baseline and flipped in a floater to cut Salisbury’s lead to 40-3, fans on both sides of the bleachers felt like cheering. It was that one-sided.

“I don’t really even want to comment,” North coach Ron Bost said. “Salisbury plays very hard. Give them credit for playing very hard. We’ve been winning some games lately, but the teams we’ve been beating haven’t been like Salisbury.”

North actually had won three of its last five CCC outings and had lost by 11 recently to second-place East Davidson. North had also finished strong in an 18-point loss to Salisbury earlier this season.

But this one got out of hand in a hurry.

Salisbury got 18 points from Troutman, 14 from Anayia Fulson and 12 from Tyzarea Alexander. Maria Capito had a couple of 3-pointers in the first half as the Hornets blew it open.

“We got a lot of transition points,” Brice said. “That’s something we’re always looking for.”

There’s not really a halftime speech for when you’re leading, 36-1. Brice did her best.

“You can’t stop playing,” she said. “And we did good job of making passes and continuing to execute.”

 

SALISBURY (54) — Troutman 18, Fulson 14, Alexander 12, Capito 8, J. Glenn 2, Phifer, Caldwell, Wilson, Williams, M. Glenn, Oats.

NORTH ROWAN (10) —White 7, Oglesby 2, Godfrey 1, Reid, Davis, Joyner, Robinson, Evans, Cain, Shoaf, Joyner.

Salisbury          14 22 18   0 — 54
N. Rowan         1    0    2     7— 10

Comments

Crime

Man charged for stowing away on Norfolk Southern train, impeding railroad operations

Local

Group will protest treatment of Georgia woman during 2019 traffic stop

Crime

Man overdoses at Piedmont Correctional Institute

Crime

Sheriff’s Office: Two men escape from jail, found in bushes on Fulton Street

Ask Us

Ask Us: When will North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue be resurfaced?

Local

Political Notebook: Rowan’s lawmakers pass 140 bills into the opposite chamber before deadline

Local

Police chief to present use of force policy; city manager to present 2021-22 budget

Crime

Blotter: Rockwell man arrested on charges of felony larceny, possession of stolen vehicle

Coronavirus

CDC director says mask turnaround based solely on science

News

Catawba College hosts three in-person commencement ceremonies

Local

With high case loads causing numerous staff departures, Child Protective Services seeks more positions

Education

Livingstone College graduates celebrate ‘crossing the finish line’ during commencement celebration

Coronavirus

Rowan sees 4 new COVID-19 deaths as mask mandate lifted, vaccines administered continue decline

Local

Spencer is latest town updating its development ordinance

Local

Salisbury native Kristy Woodson Harvey makes NY Times bestseller list

Local

Board of Commissioners will convene for third time in May

Business

Biz Roundup: Salisbury, Kannapolis among recipients of Region of Excellence Awards

Local

Cheerleading team competes at Disney

Education

Salisbury High to celebrate football, swimming champions with parade

High School

High school girls soccer: Isley, Webb lead all-county team

Local

Spencer awarded $10,000 to develop trails at Stanback Forest

Books

‘Tails and Tales’ coming to library this summer

Local

Public Records: March Deeds

Entertainment

Salisbury Symphony’s ‘Return to the Concert Hall’ available May 24-31