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North Stanly boys beat East Rowan for 5th place

By Jordanna Clark

sports@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — After dominating the fourth period in Friday’s game against South Rowan, East Rowan allowed for North Stanly to do the same thing to it on Saturday afternoon.
North Stanly scored 15 points in the fourth period to put away from the Mustangs, 50-35, in the fifth-place game of the Dale’s Sporting Goods/Sam Moir Christmas Classic at Goodman Gym.
Fifth-seeded North Stanly (7-4) started out the game on an 11-1 run. East Rowan (5-
7) did not score a field goal until junior Mark Spry nailed a three-pointer with 40
seconds remaining in the period.
The Comets let the Mustangs creep back to within three points in the second period. A 3-pointer by Bryson Childress with four seconds left gave North Stanly a six-point halftime advantage, 23-17.
Both teams scored 12 points in the third period, but the Comets held East to six
points in the final period. North Stanly shot 5-for-8 from the field in the fourth
period, while East shot 1-for-9.
Out of North Stanly’s 15 fourth-period points, six were off of East turnovers. The
Mustangs finished the game with 17 turnovers, almost twice as many as North
Stanly’s nine.
Childress led the Comets with 18 points after going 8-for-13 from the field. Childress
finished the tournament with a 23-point average per game. Carson Lowder added
14 points and eight rebounds.
“We’ve been trying to sneak in to this tournament for the last four to five years,”
Coach Chris Misenheimer said. “We’re finally glad to be here. We’ve played a 4A
school and two 3A schools and we were in every game, so I’m proud of my guys for
that. Basketball is basketball no matter what size school.”
EAST ROWAN (35) – Sprinkle 8, Hinceman 6, Spry 6, Jefferson 6, Hooper 4, Smith 3, Scruggs 2, Bennett, Walker, Jordan, Forbis, Plemmons, Fowler.
NORTH STANLY (50) – Childress 18, Lowder 14, Smith 9, Doerr 8, Lamp 1, Watkins, Stepp, Cord, Clark.

East Rowan       6    11   12    6 — 35
North Stanly    11   12   12   15 — 50

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