Mustangs Nab First League Wins
North Moore's varsity basketball teams swept Yadkin Valley 1A Conference games at South Davidson Tuesday night.
The wins were the first in conference play for the Mustang teams. Going into Thursday's games hosting West Montgomery, the North Moore girls were 4-4 overall and 1-2 in conference play, while the boys were 2-6 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
The 59-51 win for the boys broke a five-game losing streak and erased the bad taste left in their mouths from last Friday's overtime loss at Chatham Central. In that game, the Mustangs held a seven-point lead with 82 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
They found themselves in a similar situation Tuesday, leading by six points with 80 seconds remaining.
"We talked a lot about game control and ball control, and the boys came through," said head coach Grant Smith.
The Mustangs trailed 30-24 at halftime after what Smith called a sloppy first half but outscored South Davidson 35-21 in the second half.
"It wasn't the prettiest win, but we needed it," Smith said. "I want nothing more than to finish the year at .500 in the conference."
Junior small forward Corbin Brock kept the Mustangs within striking distance in the first half and finished with a team-high 17 points. Senior point guard John Spivey added 16 points, and Tyler Wallace, Xavier Scotton and Sterling Barrett each scored six points apiece.
The Lady Mustangs won 63-45 after jumping out to an 18-6 first-quarter lead and extending it to 27-16 at halftime.
"We played a great defensive game, maybe the best all year," said head coach Sammy McNeill. "It was a total team effort."
Freshman guard Jalisa Davis scored a game-high 23 points to pace the Lady Mustangs, and sophomore forward Shakorya Brower finished with 15 points. Tashonna Farmer added 11 points, and Hillary Walters finished with seven.
The Mustang teams play again Friday hosting Grace Christian in nonconference games.
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