Area Sports Briefs: North Rowan boys roll
From staff reports
SPENCER — North Rowan’s boys romped against Gray Stone, 70-29, in Yadkin Valley Conference basketball action on Tuesday.
North charged to a 40-13 lead by halftime and the game reached the running-clock point when the Cavaliers opened a 42-point lead in the second half.
“We could’ve beaten them very badly, but that’s not the way I operate,” North coach Martin Unger said.
Dayjuwon Cooke scored 18 to lead the Cavaliers. Freshman Xzavier Davis had a season-high 13, Chaz McCombs scored 10, and Brevin Goodlett nine.
Derrick Page only scored two points but had a lot of assists.
“We only had nine guys dressed, due to injuries, and we played everyone we had,” Unger said. “Some guys that haven’t played a lot this season got quite a few minutes, got some experience, and that’s important. We’re going to need everybody.”
North (7-3, 6-0 YVC) was bouncing back from a 1-2 Christmas tournament that included an overtime loss to Salisbury in the semifinals and a competitive loss to 4A Davie County in the third-place game.
The Cavaliers are young — just one senior — but they stayed unbeaten in the league, with a showdown with North Stanly looming early next week.
“We tried to hone in on the idea that the Gray Stone game was about us, about us getting better,” Unger said. “I believe we did. We ran our offense and our defensive effort was good. We had a lot of steals and transition baskets.”
North also has a YVC game at South Davidson on Friday and a non-conference matchup with rival Salisbury at Catawba on Saturday.
North’s boys won the jayvee game.
Gray Stone’s strong girls rolled past North, 56-20.
GRAY STONE (29) — Not available.
NORTH (70) — Cooke 18, Davis 13, McCombs 10, Goodlett 9, Clement 7, Smith 4, Stoner 4, Colson 3, Page 2.
Gray Stone 6 7 10 6 — 29
North Rowan 17 23 19 11 — 70
West Rowan won a North Piedmont Conference match against South Iredell on Tuesday, 50-26.
Holden Mesimer (106), Gavin Coffield (138), Caleb Link (182) and Arturo Vera (220) had pins for the Falcons.
Luke Bolmer (145) and Baiden Suddarth (195) won by forfeit. Luke Waggoner (160) won by medical default.
D.J. Robinson won by tech fall, 17-2, at 126.
Alex Erazo won a 3-2 decision at 170.
West also picked up a 45-36 non-conference win against Elkin on Tuesday with the aid of six forfeits.
Mesimer, Devon Pena (113), Harrison, Waggoner, Erazo and Suddarth won by forfeit.
Lane Atkins (132) won by pin. Vera took a 6-2 decision.
West is 9-1 overall and 2-0 in the NPC. West takes on East Rowan next Tuesday.
The Pfeiffer women’s basketball team (5-1) defeated overmatched Mary Baldwin (1-9) 80-58 on Tuesday afternoon at Merner Gym.
Junior center Grayson Harris posted her third double-double of the season for the Falcons, finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Junior guard Sydni Bickford added 11 points for Pfeiffer, which topped the 80-point mark for the fourth time.
this season. Freshman Shalonda Wilkins scored nine points for the Falcons and was one of 13 different players to score.
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