North Moore girls top the power rankings

Sports roundup for Moore County girls’ basketball

Union Pines sees streak snapped

The Union Pines girls team saw its four-game winning streak come to an end last week. After winning at Douglas Byrd, 65-30 and beating Gray’s Creek in overtime, 48-45, the Vikings came back from South Johnston with a 48-31 defeat and a 4-4 record on the year.

Sophomore Savannah McCaskill had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds against Byrd. Junior Taryn Pekala (13 points) and junior Sashay Thompson (10) were also in double figures. McCaskill, senior Natalie Auman and Pekala all had at least four steals in the game, led by Pekala’s 6.

North Moore puts together wins

After starting off on the wrong foot, the North Moore girls’ team won back-to-back games to close out play for the week and improve to 4-1 on the year.

The Mustangs suffered their first loss of the season against visiting Northwood in the conference opener, as the Chargers ran off a 58-20 rout. Nine different Northwood players scored in the game.

North Moore bounced back two nights later with a 36-32 win at Gray Stone Day. Junior Zeikierra Young scored 17 points to lead the Mustangs. Ansley Preslar was one of three Mustangs with double-figure rebounds, as the freshman had 11 to go with 7 assists and 7 steals. Junior Calissa Clendenin added 13 boards and junior Bailea Marley 12.

The Mustangs closed the week with a 41-31 road win at South Stanly. Young had 16 points to top the box score. Marley had a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds, while Clendenin pulled down 13 boards to go with 4 steals.

Pinecrest still looking for first win

The Pinecrest Patriots lost both games last week to fall to 0-6 on the year. Pinecrest hit the road for its conference opener, falling at Richmond, 77-39. A trip to Apex was also fruitless as the Patriots came out on the wrong end of a 58-43 score.

Senior Ava Depenbrock did what she could in the Apex game, scoring 20 points with 6 rebounds in a losing cause. Sophomore Aniyah McGregor added 8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals.

Power rankings for county teams

  1. North Moore
  2. Union Pines
  3. Pinecrest
By Shawn Krest

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