Trojans win to reach third-straight Western Regional

Bandys is returning to the Western Regionals following a 73-55 win against North Stanly on Friday.

The Lady Trojans (27-2) delivered the Lady Comets their second loss of the season in New London.

“I was really tickled with the win,” said Bandys coach Beth Queen. “We went into a difficult gym to play at. They had a good crowd. It was a small gym. They were really loud.”

The Trojans fell behind 6-0 with two three-pointers from North Stanly, but Bandys roared back to take an eight-point lead after the first quarter.

Bandys pulled away to a double-digit lead by halftime, 42-26, and maintained that distance in the second half to earn its third-straight trip to the Western Regionals.

Bandys senior Jesse Story scored 27 points, while Taylor Sigmon pulled down 18 rebounds to go with her 12 points.

"Jesse did shoot the ball well tonight," Queen said. "That was probably the best game Jesse's had in a while. It was a good time for it to happen."

CVAC player of the year Madi Story added 15 points and eight assists in the game.

"We had some really big performances all around," Queen said. "Taylor Sigmon had 18 rebounds and defending their big girl at the two-point. She was 6-foot-2. They were really doubling Madi a lot. While they were doubling her, she dumped it down. Jesse had good looks from that. Chelsey (Queen) knocked down four outside to make them change the way they were playing defenses. Brittany Moss got out on the break and did a great job defensively on their point guard. It was a total team win."

The Lady Trojans shot 50 percent from the three-point line, making eight of their 16 attempts in the game.

Hollie Chandler led the Lady Comets (27-2) with 17 points.

Bandys meets North Surry (28-2) next Friday at either 7 or 8:30 p.m. at Fleming Gym on UNC-Greensboro’s campus.

Queen talked about the accomplishment of her seniors to reach their third Western Regional appearance.

"We are just tickled to be there," Queen said. "It's an honor to get there, regardless. It's not easily done. These kids have worked really hard. I'm just glad the senior class has a chance to go back for a shot at the regional championships their senior year."