High school basketball: 29s for Phifer and Rymer, as Falcons outscore South

Published 5:56 am Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Staff report

MOUNT ULLA — On Tuesday night, West Rowan’s high-powered girls basketball team topped 70 for the fifth time this season.

The Falcons, coached by Ashley Poole, took control of a South Piedmont Conference game with a dominating second quarter and beat South Rowan 74-55.

West’s exciting sophomore group accounted for 72 of the 74 points.

West has won eight straight against the Raiders. South’s most recent victory came in the 2016-17 season.

West point guard De’Mya Phifer produced another spectacular game. She scored 29 points, including 12 in the decisive second quarter.

Phifer has seven games in the 20s this season. She had set previous career highs this season of 24, then 25, then 26.

Phifer has averaged 26.5 points against South. She had 24 when the Falcons won 70-50  at South in December.

Phifer had plenty of help Tuesday as Lauren Arnold and Emma Clarke scored 16 each.

Arnold has scored in double figures in 12 of the Falcons’ 13 games.

Clarke has surged lately and has put two straight 16s in the books.

Makaylah Tenor chipped in with seven points.

West (9-4, 4-2) led 14-12 after a quarter, but it was 41-21 at the half after the Falcons racked up 27 points in the second quarter.

South scored 22 in the fourth quarter to make the final score closer.

For South, senior Bethany Rymer lit it up again, scoring 29 points to match her career high.

She’s scored in the 20s 10 times this season, including four games in a row.

Rymer boosted her career points total to 916.

Hannah Atwell made two early 3-pointers for South (7-9, 3-5) and scored eight. Mackenzie Chabala also had eight.

“This was a rough one, but we’re learning,” South head coach Alex Allen said. “We’ve got to be more consistent on defense and in boxing out, and we’ve got to finish those easy shots.”

West is scheduled to play Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Falcons should pick up a breezy win at Concord Thursday. Then they’ll have two of their biggest games of the season back-to-back, rematches with Northwest Cabarrus (road) Friday and Carson (home) Saturday afternoon.

South is at Central Cabarrus on Friday. South edged the Vikings at home.



South   12    9     12    22   — 55

West    14   27     17    16   — 74

SOUTH — Rymer 29, Chabala 8, Atwell 8, Cherry 5, Everett 2, Dextraze 2, Childers 1.

WEST — Phifer 29, Arnold 16, Clarke 16, Tenor 7, Edwards 4, Cuthbertson 2.