All-Mooresville News girls’ basketball: Madi Story key to Trojans' success
Tuesday, Apr. 08, 2014

All-Mooresville News girls’ basketball: Madi Story key to Trojans' success

    Bandys High girls basketball player Madi Story, right, drives past Franklin's Alexis Taro (33) for a layup during the Trojans' NCHSAA 2A Western Regional championship game in Greensboro.
    Bandys High girls’ basketball player Madi Story (34) goes up for a jump shot between three Newton Foard defenders during a nonconference game.
    Bandys High girls’ basketball coach Kyle Moretz.
    Bandys High girls basketball player Madi Story, center, dribbles up court during a Southern District 7 2A conference game against Maiden.
    Bandys High girls basketball player Madi Story.
  • All-Mooresville News Girls’ Basketball

    First Team

    Madi Story, Bandys, Sr. 6-foot guard. – Appalachian State signee, four-time all-conference, Southern District 7 2A player of year for second time in past three years. Trojans’ career scoring leader with 2,156 points, averaged 16.8 points, 6.3 assists and 6.4 steals per game in leading team to NCHSAA 2A state title game.

    Antaijah “Ace” Easter, Bandys, Jr. 5-foot-11 forward. – Western Carolina signee, four-time all-conference and was Catawba Valley 2A player of year in 2013 with North Lincoln. Averaged 16.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3.1 steals as Trojans advanced to NCHSAA 2A state title game.

    Julia Scoles, South Iredell, Soph. 6-foot center. – Three-sport athlete earned all-conference honors – this time in the North Piedmont 3A/4A – for second straight year. She averaged team-best 16.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.0 blocks in leading Vikings to NCHSAA 3A playoffs.

    Haileigh Lackey, Bandys, Jr. 5-foot-8 guard/forward. – Most valuable player of Trojans’ NCHSAA 2A Western Regional championship with double-doubles in both regional wins. Named All-Southern District 7 2A, averaged 13.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.8 steals.

    Nicole Marshall, Lake Norman, Sr. 5-foot-11 forward. – All-North Piedmont 3A/4A selection and MVP of Iredell County holiday tournament averaged 12 points, six rebounds and three assists per game in leading Wildcats to NCHSAA 4A playoff berth.

    Compiled by Bill Kiser

  • All-Mooresville News Girls’ Basketball

    Second Team

    Sarah Goble, Bandys, Jr. 5-foot-10 forward. – Anderson commit named to All-Southern District 7 2A, All-NCHSAA 2A Western Regional teams. Averaged 12.3 points, team-best 5.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game during Trojans’ run to 2A state title game.

    Taylor Tillery, Mooresville, Sr. 5-foot-9 guard. – All-North Piedmont 3A/4A selection averaged 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals per game to lead Blue Devils.

    Allie Van Sant, Lake Norman, Jr. 5-foot-11 forward. – All-North Piedmont 3A/4A selection averaged 10 points, seven rebounds and three steals per game. Also holds team single-season rebounding record and is second on Wildcats’ all-time list in steals.

    Lekia Hall, South Iredell, Jr. 5-foot-4 guard. – All-North Piedmont 3A/4A selection was Vikings’ most improved player this season, averaging 10.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 3.0 steals as South qualified for NCHSAA 3A playoffs.

    Cailynn Burby, Pine Lake Prep, Sr. 5-foot-5 guard. – Pride’s all-time scoring leader was an All-Southern Piedmont 1A selection. Averaged team-best 12.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game this season.

    Mooresville News player of the year: Madi Story, Bandys.

    Mooresville News coach of the year: Kyle Moretz, Bandys.

    Compiled by Bill Kiser

Madi Story has earned plenty of honors over the past four seasons with Bandys’ girls basketball team.

Yet Story doesn’t care much about the honors and awards, only about winning basketball games and championships.

“A lot of people told me my mother was like that,” said Story, the Mooresville News girls’ basketball player of the year.

Story won a lot of games with the Trojans during her career, compiling a 113-11 record with four straight appearances in the NCHSAA 2A Western Regionals.

This past season was Bandys’ best yet: a 31-1 record, and advancing to the NCHSAA 2A state championship game before losing to High Point Andrews.

“It was hard ending that way,” said Story, who has signed with Appalachian State. “We’ve always went pretty far (in the playoffs) and had winning records. But that was the goal of everyone on the team – to make it to the state championship.”

A lot of that success came thanks to Story – but it runs in the family.

Story’s older sister Jesse, now playing at Lenoir-Rhyne, was player of the year in the Catawba Valley 2A in 2011. Her mother, Mitzi Yount Story, was twice the most valuable player in Bandys’ 2A state title wins in 1987 and 1988, and was named North Carolina Ms. Basketball her senior year.

“That whole family has good basketball genes,” Trojans coach Kyle Moretz said.

Story led the Trojans in scoring at 16.8 points per game, and was among the top five players in the state in both assists (6.3 per game) and steals (6.4 per game). She also averaged 4.7 rebounds a game and shot 61 percent from the field.

Story was named the Southern District 7 2A’s player of the year – the second time in the past three seasons she’s earned that award – and was named to the all-conference team for the fourth straight year.

“I know this term’s used too much in a lot of cases, but she was like a coach on the court,” Moretz said. “She knows what the team needs in certain situations, she gets everybody involved, and she makes everybody on the court better. Being on the court, she draws a lot of attention. That opens up a lot of other girls for good shots, and helps them get going. When they get going, (opponents) have to play normal, and that opens up driving lanes for her.

“She just makes everybody on the court better by just being on the court, and she doesn’t have to score. She rebounds the ball extremely well, she passes the ball extremely well. Across the board, she fills up every single stat. It doesn’t necessarily have to be scoring, but she can score too.”

Girls’ basketball coach of the year: Kyle Moretz, Bandys – Moretz didn’t step into an unfamiliar situation when he took over as the Trojans’ coach last July, having coached Bandys’ junior varsity girls team for several years.

What Moretz inherited from former coach Mark Story was a team that had four starters back from the previous season, when the Trojans advanced to the NCHSAA 2A Western Regionals.

Add to that group North Lincoln transfer Antaijah “Ace” Easter, last year’s Southern District 7 2A player of the year, and Moretz had himself a state championship contender.

“For a team to come in with expectations of playing for a state championship, in most cases that’s just unrealistic of a team,” Moretz said. “But at Bandys, its a realistic expectation. That’s what they expected when I came in and took the job.

“I know we didn’t win it, but just to get to a state championship game – even if you’re expected to get there – is still a tremendous feat.”

Bill Kiser is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Bill? Email him at

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