Undefeated Concord beats Kannapolis

It's not just the Bell Game that brings out the fans to root for Cabarrus County's biggest rivalry.

Concord High's boys basketball team extended its undefeated season by defeating Kannapolis A.L. Brown with 70-47 Jan. 13.

Fans filled the Concord High School gym so that the cheerleaders were moved to the floor behind the baseline to make room for those who were lucky enough to get in to sit on the floor. Other spectators were turned away.

In the large crowd, the fans were mixed among the bleachers except for one section. There, Concord students stood for the entire game to cheer and show support for their Spiders.

The Kannapolis crowd had a lot to cheer about: The Wonders started strong, taking the opening tipoff and building a 24-15 lead early in the second period.

Then, spurred on by the cheers of the Concord home crowd, the Spiders defense stiffened and allowed the Wonders only three more points before halftime. Meanwhile, the Spiders scored 20 and led 35-27 at the half.

During the second half, the Spiders never let up, scoring 35 points and allowing the Wonders to score only 20 points. Concord's record improved to 14-0 for the season. (This story went to press before Friday's Concord-Northwest Cabarrus game.)