Albemarle girls stay undefeated in conference play with win over Gray Stone

The Bulldogs are on a 10-game winning streak

The Albemarle Bulldogs girls’ basketball team extended its winning streak to 10 games on Friday with a 72-24 home win over the Gray Stone Knights.

With 923 points scored compared to only 518 points allowed this season, the surging Bulldogs (13-1, 4-0 Yadkin Valley) hold the first-place spot in their conference standings. Meanwhile, the Knights (5-8, 0-3 Yadkin Valley) are still winless in YVC play despite notching a 5-5 record earlier in the season.

The Bulldogs hosted North Stanly (13-1, 2-1 Yadkin Valley) on Tuesday and will now host Bishop McGuinness (13-2, 7-0 Northwest) on Thursday in a non-conference contest.

On Tuesday, the Knights traveled to Norwood for a matchup with South Stanly (1-12, 0-3 Yadkin Valley); Gray Stone is set to host Bradford Prep (6-7, 2-3 Catawba Shores) on Wednesday.

North Stanly 44, Mount Pleasant 23

Picking up their 13th win of the season, the North Stanly Comets cruised past the Mount Pleasant Tigers (8-8, 2-2 Yadkin Valley) in New London on Friday via a 21-point home victory.

With a near-flawless 2023-24 campaign so far, the Comets’ only loss arrived on Jan. 5 with a 61-38 home finish against the Union Academy Cardinals (11-2, 2-1 Yadkin Valley).

North squared off with the Bulldogs on the road on Tuesday — in a battle between two 13-win teams — and will head to West Stanly (7-9, 4-1 Rocky River) on Thursday.

West Stanly 68, Anson 43

Winning their third consecutive game, the West Stanly Colts recorded a 15-point home victory over the Anson Bearcats (3-13, 1-4 Rocky River) on Jan. 16 as they moved to 4-1 in the Rocky River Conference standings.

The Colts have won four of their five contests in the month of January, seemingly bouncing back from a 3-8 non-conference record in November and December.

West hit the road to face the Piedmont Panthers (11-4, 5-0 Rocky River) on Tuesday and will now prepare for the North Stanly Comets at home on Friday. The Comets came away with a 57-42 home win over the Colts on Dec. 14.

Union Academy 81, South Stanly 11

In a 70-point road loss, the South Stanly Bulls were blown out by the Union Academy Cardinals (11-2, 2-1 Yadkin Valley) on Friday.

South has now been held under the 30-point mark in its last seven matchups. The team opened the season with a 51-32 road win over Central Academy (0-14, 0-5 Rocky River), but has now suffered a dozen consecutive losses since its season opener.

Looking to turn their fortunes around, the Bulls hosted Gray Stone on Tuesday and are scheduled to host the West Davidson Dragons (4-11, 1-3 Central Carolina) on Thursday in a non-conference matchup.