Area Sports Briefs
From staff reports
Catawba’s men’s basketball team lost 57-51 at Lenoir-Rhyne’s Shuford Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
Elon Edwards’ layup with 1:41 remaining pulled the Indians within 53-51, but Catawba missed several opportunities to tie and had to foul.
Denzel Dillingham made two clutch free throws for the Bears with 14 seconds left, and Rob Noyes added a dunk before the horn.
The battle on the boards was even. L-R had a 14-8 edge in the turnover department.
Catawba shot 37 percent, while the Bears checked in at 38 percent.
Catawba (4-9, 1-4 SAC) went 7-for-28 on 3-pointers, with Lee Martin shooting 3-for-7 from long range.
Tyrece Little had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Indians. Martin had 13 points and eight boards. Edwards had 12 points and four assists.
Dillingham led the Bears (10-3, 3-2) with 21 points, and Noyes scored 12 off the bench.
Jarvis Perry had 10 assists.
Catawba is at Newberry on Saturday afternoon.
CATAWBA (51) —Little 14, Martin 13, Edwards 12, Perkins 5, Watson 3, Sampah 2, Coleman 2, Houston, Marijosius.
LENOIR-RHYNE (57) — Dillingham 21, Noyes 12, McClure 10, Perry 4, Beasley 4, Terrell 4, Jones 2, Shuford.
Catawba 25 26 — 51
L-Rhyne 27 30 — 57
• Pfeiffer lost 90-78 to Mount Olive in Conference Carolinas men’s basketball action at Merner Gym on Wednesday.
Darrell Patterson hit five 3-pointers and scored 25 points for the Trojans (6-7, 3-4).
Matt Ellwood scored 18 for the Falcons (3-11, 1-6) on 6-for-8 shooting. Jerod Wallace had 15 points, while Tayron Gibosn had 14.
Pfeiffer was beaten 24-5 on offensive boards.
Pfeiffer is home against North Greenville on Saturday.
• Livingstone steps outside the CIAA tonight when it takes on NAIA squad Morris at Trent Gym.
The Blue Bears are on the road at Shaw, which is still unbaten in the CIAA, on Saturday. Livingstone’s next CIAA home game will be on Jan. 23 against Fayetteville State.
Women’s college hoops
Catawba lost 62-48 at Lenoir-Rhyne on Wednesday in a SAC contest.
Catawba (7-6, 3-2) shot 5-for-28 in the first half and couldn’t get out of a 26-12 hole.
Chloe Bully led the Indians with 14 points. Elizabeth Merritt scored seven. Taylor May (South Rowan) and Antoinette McPhail had seven rebounds each.
Danielle Bongiorno scored 15 points for the Bears (10-3, 5-0), and former Central Davidson standout Jazmine Charles added 13.
CATAWBA (48) —Bully 14, Merritt 11, McPhail 9, Coleman 6, May 2, Ucinski 2, Clay 2, Whitby 2, Martin, Dixon.
LENOIR-RHYNE (62) — Bongiorno 15, Charles 13, Awuronye 11, Mobley 8, Laughter 7, Brinkley 4, Mitchell 2, Katt 2.
Catawba 12 36 — 48
L-Rhyne 26 36 — 62
• Pfeiffer’s women nipped Mount Olive 62-61 at Merner Gym on Wednesday in a Conference Carolinas contest.
Brittany Cox scored 24 points on 9-for-13 shooting for the Falcons (10-2, 5-2). Christina Harvey had 14 points.
Tamara Nesmith scored 20 for the Trojans (10-3, 6-3).
Pfeiffer rallied from a 13-point, first-half deficit. Kellie Rhoney broke a 59-all tie with a 3-pointer with 2:49 left, and the Falcons hung on.
Livingstone linebacker Kenneth White was named to the Don Hansen Football Gazette Super Region 1 team.
A third-team pick, White led the CIAA in tackles with 103 and recovered two fumbles.
• Lenoir-Rhyne fullback Ike Whitaker (Salisbury) and Wingate center Joe So (Salisbury) made Hansen’s Super Region 2 team.
Whitaker was a first-team pick, while So is on the third team.
• UNC Pembroke backup QB Jonathan Efird (A.L. Brown) was presented with the Brave Award at the school’s athletic banquet. The award goes to the player who best “embodies the principles” of the UNCP program.
Mooresville’s girls won 37-22 against Southeast and finished in a three-way tie for first place with Knox and Erwin.
Carlee Brawley and Sara Vanhoy scored 14 points each to lead the Imps.
The tournament starts Saturday at China Grove.
Mooresville’s girls (12-2) drew the top seed for the tournament and will play No. 8 seed West Rowan Middle (0-14) at 8:30 a.m.
The other first-round girls games are No. 4 North Rowan Middle (8-6) vs. No. 5 Corriher-Lipe (6-8) at 11:30 a.m., No. 3 Knox (12-2) vs. No. 6 China Grove (4-10) at 2:30 p.m., and No. 2 Erwin (12-2) vs. No. 7 Southeast (2-12) at 5:30 p.m.
• Saturday’s boys games are No. 1 Mooresville (14-0) vs. No. 8 Corriher-Lipe (0-14) at 10 a.m., No. 4 North Rowan (8-6) vs. No. 5 Southeast (6-8) at 1 p.m., No. 3 Knox (10-4) vs. No. 6 China Grove (4-10) at 4 p.m., and No. 2 West Rowan Middle (10-4) vs. No. 7 Erwin (4-10) at 7 p.m.
Semifinals are Tuesday, and championship games are at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
North Hills hoops
The North Hills varsity girls won 40-26 against Kennedy Charter.
C.C. Lyerly had 11 points and 13 rebounds for North Hills.
Natalie Whicker had nine points and 12 rebounds. Sierra Eagle scored five, and Madison Link, Abbey Cody, Taylor Foster and Emily Boggs also contributed points.
The Rowan County swim meet will be held on Friday at the Hurley YMCA.
South Rowan’s teams are the defending champs.
South’s boys have won 10 straight titles since West won in 2002. See Scoreboard.
Several YVC games originally scheduled for Tuesday were postponed due to exams.
• Note that Friday’s North Rowan-Albemarle games will be played in Spencer.
The first meetings this season had to be moved from Spencer to Albemarle after a bleacher malfunction forced scheduling changes.
North’s boys handed Albemarle its only loss of the season. Both teams are ranked in the top 10 in 1A.
• The NPC is scheduled to return to action on Friday, with East Rowan at Statesville and West Rowan at Carson.
Carson’s girls and West’s girls are both unbeaten in the NPC, and this will be the Falcons’ first game since they were ranked No. 1 in 3A.
South Rowan is off Friday.
• In other games set for Friday, Salisbury is at Lexington in the CCC , A.L. Brown is at Northwest Cabarrus in the SPC, and Davie is at R.J. Reynolds in the CPC.
Baseball sign-ups for Spencer Little League and Franklin Ellis Coach Pitch start Feb. 1.
Sign-ups are for boys and girls baseball, ages 4-15.
Division are Coach Pitch, Minors, Majors, and Juniors.
Sign-ups are Fridays, Feb. 1 from 4-7 p.m. and Feb. 8, from 4-7 p.m. and Saturdays, Feb. 2 from 9 until noon and Feb. 9 from 9 until noon.
Sign-ups are at the baseball clubhouse at 8th Street Park.
The cost is $60 per child for ages 4-12 and $80 for ages 13-15.Online registration is available at http://www.eteamz.com/spencerlittleleague1.
Call Jeremy Bates at 704-210-2297, William Noles at 704-640-1869, Rodney Goodine at 704-636-7088 or Craige Farmer at 704-216-7783 for information.