West Stanly boys win 4th straight game

Four of five Stanly County teams earned wins

After a 2-8 start to the season, the West Stanly varsity boys’ basketball team has reeled off four straight wins and is tied for first in the Rocky River Conference. 

The Colts (8-10, 3-1 RRC) picked up an 81-68 road victory over Central Academy on Jan. 13 to move into a three-way tie with Forest Hills (6-11, 3-1 RRC) and Monroe (5-6, 3-1 RRC) atop the conference. 

First-year coach Dusty Pflugner and the Colts now have a shot to move past Monroe when they travel to face the Redhawks on Jan. 20 before hosting Anson (7-9, 1-3 RRC) on Jan. 24. 

North Stanly 74, Forest Hills 60 

North Stanly ended a four-game losing streak with a 74-60 win over Forest Hills on Jan. 14. 

The Comets (9-8, 2-3 Yadkin Valley Conference) trailed 37-36 at halftime before outscoring the Yellow Jackets by 15 points in the second half, holding Forest Hills to just 11 points in the fourth quarter. The Comets now sit in fourth place in the YVC standings behind Robinson (11-6, 5-0 YVC), Mount Pleasant (11-7, 5-1 YVC) and Albemarle (8-8, 3-2 YVC) 

North is scheduled for three straight road matchups: Robinson on Jan. 20, Gray Stone Day (0-14, 0-5 YVC) on Jan. 24 and Union Academy (2-12, 1-3 YVC) on Jan. 26. 

South Stanly 70, Gray Stone Day 17 

South Stanly had its most lopsided win of the season on Jan. 13, rolling to a 70-17 victory over winless Gray Stone Day in Misenheimer. 

The Bulls (6-10, 2-4 YVC) have won three of their past four games and are in fifth place in the YVC standings, ahead of only Union Academy and Gray Stone. Up next, South Stanly will host Albemarle on Jan. 20 before heading to Mount Pleasant (Jan. 24) and North Stanly (Jan. 27). 

Still searching for their first win of the year, the Knights travel to Mount Pleasant on Jan. 20 and then challenge North Stanly (Jan. 24) and Albemarle (Jan. 25). 

Albemarle 61, Anson 57 

Albemarle responded from having its four-game winning streak snapped three days before, defeating Anson 61-57 and regaining third place in the YVC standings.  

Albemarle will next travel to South Stanly on Jan. 20 before hosting Gray Stone and Mount Pleasant on Jan. 25 and Jan. 27, respectively.  

Second-year coach Chauncey Bruton and the Bulldogs are currently on pace to outperform last season’s record (11-13, 5-7 YVC).