Sand Rock downs Gaston to win area tournament


SAND ROCK — The No. 9 Sand Rock Wildcats won the Class 2A, Area 11 tournament championship Saturday with a 43-30 victory over Gaston in girls high school basketball.

Tourney MVP Madison Smith scored 14 points and pulled down 17 rebounds to help the Wildcats improve to 20-8 on the year. Emily Langley scored nine points, Madison McCullough had seven points and seven rebounds, while Courtney Rowe added four points, six steals and four assists. Langley, McCullough and Rowe each made the all-tournament team.

Also making the all-tournament team for Gaston were Kierra Porter, Abby Elrod and Destiny Allen. Against Sand Rock, Porter had 12 points, Elrod had seven points and Allen scored five points.

Both teams advanced to Thursday’s sub-regional round. Sand Rock hosts Section and Gaston travels to North Sand Mountain. A win in sub-region means a trip to the Northeast Regional tournament at Jacksonville State University.