Tuesday, January 24, 2017
North Rowan High School
Salisbury High School
Salisbury beat North Rowan with relative ease, 59-41, on Saturday at Catawbaâs Goodman Gym, but North probably had more to feel good about than the Hornets did when the Central Carolina Conference game was over. Part of Salisburyâs frowns were due to the aggravation of a quad injury that knocked Tyzarea Alexander out of the game in the third quarter. Sheâs critical to the Hornets, and she may need to rest the injury for a while.
Salisburyâs 18-3 edge in the first quarter was too much for the Cavaliers (2-15, 1-5 CCC) to overcome, but they played on basically even terms after that with the stateâs third-ranked 2A squad.
âNo doubt, North out-worked us,â Salisbury coach Lakai Brice said. âNorth battled hard. Itâs a good thing we had that fast start.â
Freshman Anayia Fulson and Alexander, a senior, combined for 14 of the Hornetsâ points in the first quarter.
âWe were doing good for a while,â Fulson said. âWe needed to keep playing like we started, but we let them out-rebound us.â
Salisbury (14-1, 5-0 CCC) led by 28-4 in the second quarter after Mystjkal Phifer scored on a drive, and it appeared that North might get embarrassed, but the Cavaliers got 3-pointers from Navi Joyner and Bea Connor and cut their deficit to 31-12 by halftime.
âWeâve been working on shooting 3s a lot,â North coach Ron Bost said. âBecause everyoneâs packing it in on us.â
North cut into the SHS lead a bit more early in the third quarter, but a steal and a couple of free throws by Salisbury sophomore Bryanna Troutman pushed the lead back to 43-23, and the Hornets had a nice surge at the end of the period that included layups by Maria Capito and Mariah Glenn. North was down 28 by the end of the period.
âWe were just missing a lot of layups,â Bost said. âI guess itâs just too much adrenaline, girls putting pressure on themselves to do well.â
Salisbury reserves finished things off, and North built some confidence, outscoring the Hornets 18-8 over the final eight minutes.
âWe seem to start strong or end strong, one or the other,â Bost said. âToday we finished strong, I do know Iâm feeling a lot better about the way weâre playing.â
Connor led the Cavaliers with 13 points. Brianna White, who had 20 in Fridayâs win against Lexington, scored 12.
Salisbury got 15 points from Fulson, 13 from Troutman, 10 from Alexander, who made six free throws, and seven from Capito. Fulson made three 3-pointers, while Capito and Troutman had one each.
âWhen we start fast, weâve got to stay mentally tough and keep it going,â Brice said. âWe canât let up. The girls have to understand that when youâre 14-1 youâre going to get everyoneâs best shot. Weâve got to buckle down and be ready for it.â