North Moore football finishes season, basketball opens play across county

Football comes to an end

North Moore saw its season end in the third round of the state playoffs. The 6-seed Mustangs lost to 3-seed Wilson Prep in the round of 16 by a 42-15 score.

North Moore had no answer for the Wilson Prep run game, which featured three 100-yard backs. The Tigers scored six touchdowns on the ground in the contest.

The Mustangs got on the board with a pass from Colby Pennington to Kolby Ritchie, then tightened things up when Nathaniel Dyer recovered a blocked punt in the end zone. North Moore could never close the gap, however, and Wilson Prep pulled away, ending the Mustangs season at 10-3.

Soccer falls in final four

North Moore’s boy’s soccer team fell in the 1A state semifinals last week, dropping a 3-1 decision to top-ranked Hobbton. The 3-seed Mustangs advanced through the first four rounds before falling in the state final four. They completed their season with a 15-5-2 record.

Basketball tips off

The winter sports season began across the county, with several local schools getting their boy’s and girl’s basketball seasons started.

The Union Pines boys posted a statement-making 75-28 win over Montgomery Central in their opener. The Vikings were led by junior Jaylen Kyle, who hit 8-of-10 from the field for a game-high 20 points. He also led the way with four assists. Sophomore Wesley Bailey hit both of his three-point attempts in a 10-point night. Kingsley Donovan led the Vikings with eight rebounds.

The Vikings girls weren’t as fortunate, dropping the opener to Montgomery Central in overtime, 55-49.

The Pinecrest girls also started their season, losing to Hough, 73-31. Pinecrest struggled from the field, hitting just 12 of 53 shots, including 1-of-15 from three. Zanodiya McNair led the way for the Patriots, scoring nine points, while Aniyah McGregor added eight. Senior Ava Depenbrock led the way with a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Pinecrest boys and both North Moore teams will hit the floor later this month.

By Randolph Record

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