Boys lose close game at North Rowan
SALISBURY – The Mitchell High School boys’ basketball team suffered a season-ending 64-54 loss Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the first round of the 1A state basketball playoffs to the North Rowan Cavaliers.
The Mountaineers jumped out to an early 14-11 lead before being outscored 17-6 in the second quarter. Mitchell was never able to recover from the deficit.
“We played hard,” said head coach Chad Dellinger. “We went through a bad stretch in the second quarter where we went five minutes without scoring, but overall I am pleased with the way we played.”
No. 22-seed Mitchell was 8-17 overall heading into the game with the 18-9 No. 11-seed Cavaliers. The Mountaineers were led in scoring by senior Trystan Jenkins with 16 and senior Jesse Pitman added 11.
“That’s been the story of our team this year,” Dellinger said. “We have consistently played three out of four quarters and it hurt us. We had a few more turnovers than we needed and (North Rowan) hit free-throws down the stretch when we were trying to extend the game.”
Mitchell finished the season 8-18 overall and 5-5 in the Western Highlands Conference. Dellinger loses eight seniors from this year’s team – Jenkins, Jesse Pitman, Bailey Autry, Ben Young, Jordan Bailey, Austin Hoyle, Brody Smith and Ben Robinson.
“We lose a lot of experience with our seniors, but we have a lot coming back with tons of potential,” Dellinger said. “It will be a different style of play – more guard-oriented – but I expect next year’s team to continue the momentum this year’s team had.”