Mustang Girls Finish Second, Boys Hope for Wild Card
Even though the Yadkin Valley 1A Conference regular season didn't wrap up until Tuesday night, North Moore's girls' basktball team was already locked into a second-place finish.
The Lady Mustangs posted a 57-45 win at North Rowan Monday to finish the regular season at 17-5 overall and 13-3 in conference play, winning 13 of its final 14 league games after an 0-2 start.
North Moore took a 28-12 lead into haftime and held off a North Rowan rally in a fourth quarter in which the home team outscored the visitors 21-14.
"It was a tough gym to play in and a long trip," said assistant coach Chris Coble. "We did just enough to hold on for the win."
Shakorya Brower and Jalisa Davis scored 17 points apiece to lead the effort.
Chatham Central, which swept the Lady Mustangs during the regular season and finished 19-4 overall and 15-1 in conference play, will take the No. 1 seed into the conference tournament, with North Moore seeded second and the third and fourth seeds decided Tuesday.
With Friday's postponements due to wintry weather, conference athletic directors voted to reduce the size of the nine-team league's postseason tournament to four teams.
North Moore will host the third seed in the girls' tournament semifinals Thursday at 6 p.m.
Gray Stone, East Montgomery and Albemarle all had a chance to finish 9-7 or better in league play going into their regular season finales Tuesday.
On the boys' side, North Moore fell to league regular season champion North Rowan 56-49 on Monday.
The Mustangs finish in sixth place in the league standings with a 6-16 overall record, including 5-11 in conference play with 12 of 17 league games decided by eight points or less.
On the outside looking in for the league tournament and the conference's five automatic bids to the Class 1A state playoffs, North Moore must hope for a wild card berth in order to continue its season.
"The brackets don't come out until Sunday, so until then we will continue to work harder and get better," said head coach Grant Smith.
John Spivey and Corbin Brock each posted 17 points to lead the Mustangs. Jonathan Henley sparked a third-quarter run by scoring six points in the period.
The top four seeds for the boys' conference tournament, in no particular order, are North Rowan, Albemarle, East Montgomery and West Montgomery.
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