Cavaliers Nip Mustang Girls
The North Moore girls’ basketball team let one get away in its second Yadkin Valley Conference contest Friday when the Lady Mustangs traveled to North Rowan.
The Mustangs held a five-point lead over the host Lady Cavaliers with less than two minutes left in the game.
Then North Rowan mounted a rally, taking a three-point lead with less than 10 seconds left.
Mustang senior Jalisa Davis then buried a three-pointer from the top of the key, tying the contest at 63-63 with eight seconds left.
Instead of calling a timeout, the Cavaliers hustled the ball inbounds, got off a long downcourt pass to freshman Aliyah Farmer on the right side of the lane where she hit the game-winner with two seconds left.
The 65-63 loss drops the Mustangs to 1-1 in conference action and 4-2 overall, while the Cavaliers improve to 2-0 in the league and 2-1 overall.
The Cavaliers came out on fire for first-year head coach Brian Lytton, racing to a 17-7 lead late in the first quarter. The Mustangs scored the final five points of the period, leaving them on the short end of a 17-12 score.
North Moore kept the pressure on, eventually tying the score at 28 with 3:07 left in the game on fastbreak bucket by senior Tiosha McCaskill after a Davis steal.
The Cavaliers outscored the Mustangs 6-3 over the remainder of the first half for a 34-31 lead at the break.
North Moore finally got its first lead of the game midway through the third period on a rebound bucket by Tyisha Horn, putting the Mustangs up 40-39. Davis later knocked down a trey, giving North Moore a five-point lead late in the quarter.
North Rowan would trim the lead to 47-45 on a three-pointer to end the third period.
When the Mustangs were up five points late in the game, the Cavs scored five straight points to tie the game at 59 with 1:30 to go in the contest.
North Moore hit a free throw, putting them up by one point. The Cavaliers added four straight points, setting the stage for Davis’ final three-pointer for the tie and the Cavaliers’ hurry-up bucket for the win.
Davis led the Mustangs with a game-high and season-high 33 points that included five three-pointers.
Fellow senior Mone’ Little added eight points followed by McCaskill with seven points, Horn six, Jessie Sheffield five and Casey Turner four.
Special Washington paced the Cavaliers with 18 points, followed by Demeria Robinson with 15 points, Fredejah Royer nine, Taylor Sells six, Farmer six, Tre Allen 5, Amber Carter four and Anna Lingle two.
The Mustangs travel to South Davidson Tuesday for an important conference showdown.
The girls’ game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. followed by the boys’ game.
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