Sports Briefs: Mustang Boys, Girls Bounced From YVC Tourney
The North Moore Mustangs lost to West Montgomery, 59-48, in the first round of the Yadkin Valley Conference tournament Tuesday.
The girls basketball team ended its run in the conference tourney Thursday with a loss to Thomasville.
Tuesday, senior forward Rashad Brower led the Mustangs with 11 points.
Mustang head coach Grant Smith attributed some of his team's struggles to foul trouble.
"Foul trouble was a factor tonight," Smith said. "We did not shoot well from the foul line and that really hurt us," he added.
The Mustangs made 3 of their 8 free throw attempts, where the Warriors hit 12 of their 24 attempts. Ten of those makes came on 13 attempts in the fourth quarter.
Leading 36-33 entering the final quarter, the Mustangs were outscored 25-12.
"We played hard tonight," Mustang senior guard Jonathan Person. "We just slacked off in the fourth quarter and did not make our free throws," he added. The Mustangs finished the regular season out with (7-16) overall and are (3-9) in the Yadkin Valley Conference.
"We have struggled all year," Smith said. "We had a great opportunity to win this game tonight. The Warriors brought the pressure tonight and there were too many inconsistencies on our part."
Cape Fears Topples O'Neal Girls
Cape Fear rallied from an 11-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat O'Neal, 54-52, in the semifinals of the Cape Fear Indepenent Conference tournament on Friday night. O'Neal was the second seed in the tournament.
Syd McIlwain led the Falcons with 20 points. Kitan Akinosho added 11. Carissa Corbett led three Hurricane players in double-figures with 14.
Falcon Boys Out of Post Season
The O'Neal boys basketball team ended its regular season Thursday night with a 73-34 loss to Fayetteville Academy in the semifinals of the Cape Fear Independent Conference tournament. The Falcons, coming off an upset of No. 3 seed Cape Fear in the opening round of the tournament, were led in scoring by Christian Bolduc with 12 points.
Senior Stephen Clark, the leading scorer and rebounder for the O'Neal boys basketball team this season, earned all-conference and all-tournament honors.
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