South Stanly boys move to 14-2 with win at Union Academy

Four other Stanly teams are coming off conference losses

Holding onto a perfect conference record, the South Stanly boys’ basketball team picked up a narrow 61-58 road win over Union Academy on Friday.

Slipping past the Cardinals (3-13, 1-2 Yadkin Valley), the Bulls (14-2, 3-0 Yadkin Valley) have now won their past two matchups by a combined five points as they sit atop of the YVC standings.

The Bulls have improved greatly upon last season’s 7-17 record, already doubling the amount of wins they had during their 2022-23 campaign. Their last loss came on Jan. 3 in a 45-39 home game versus Southwestern Randolph (5-12, 3-3 Piedmont).

South hosted the winless Gray Stone Knights (0-11, 0-3 Yadkin Valley) on Tuesday and will now host the West Davidson Dragons (5-11, 0-5 Central Carolina) on Thursday in a non-conference matchup.

Mount Pleasant 79, North Stanly 68

Losing their second contest in a span of four games, the North Stanly Comets (12-4, 2-1 Yadkin Valley) suffered an 11-point loss to the Mount Pleasant Tigers (7-9, 3-1 Yadkin Valley) in New London on Friday.

The Comets had won ten of their first 12 matchups prior to their latest 2-2 stretch. They now sit in third place in their conference standings behind the Bulls and Tigers.

On Tuesday, North squared off on the road with the Albemarle Bulldogs (1-13, 1-3 Yadkin Valley); the Comets are set to head to West Stanly (8-8, 2-3 Rocky River) on Thursday.

Anson 78, West Stanly 73

Playing at home on Jan. 16, the West Stanly Colts were edged out by the Anson Bearcats (9-7, 2-3 Rocky River) by five points in a 78-73 finish.

After a stretch of three wins in a row, West has now lost three of its past four games. The Colts currently sit at fourth place out of the six teams in the Rocky River Conference.

West traveled to face the Piedmont Panthers (8-8, 4-1 Rocky River) on Tuesday and will now prepare for a home matchup with North Stanly on Friday.

Albemarle 64, Gray Stone 47

On Friday, the Albemarle Bulldogs notched a 17-point home win — inking their first victory of the season — in a 64-47 final over the winless Gray Stone Knights.

Coming off a 14-13 record where they won eight of their 13 conference matchups, Albemarle still has a chance to rise up in the YVC standings.

The Bulldogs hosted the Comets on Tuesday and will now host Queen’s Grant (8-9, 1-2 Metro 8) on Thursday in a non-conference contest. The Knights played at South Stanly on Tuesday and will host Bradford Prep (8-5, 2-4 Catawba Shores) on Wednesday.