Area Sports Briefs
From staff and wire reportsDURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Chelsea Gray scored a career-high 28 points to lead No. 5 Duke past seventh-ranked Maryland 71-56 on Monday night.
Tricia Liston had 17 points off the bench while Gray reeled off seven in a row midway through the second half after the Blue Devils (22-1, 12-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed for the only time.
Alyssa Thomas had 14 points and 12 rebounds. But the Terrapins (19-4, 10-2) could overcome neither 24 turnovers nor a miserable night for the ACC’s leading scorer, Tianna Hawkins, and had their league-best nine-game winning streak snapped.
Chloe Pavelich’s 3 with about 10:45 left gave Maryland its only lead at 44-42.
Three possessions later, Gray took charge — and kept Duke alone atop the league standings.
She put Duke back on top with a 3, followed that with two free throws and capped her personal 7-0 run with a layup from Alexis Jones that made it 49-44 with 7 minutes to go.
After Elizabeth Williams followed with a layup, Gray added two more free throws to put the Blue Devils 55-46 with 5:52 left.
Maryland briefly cut it to five before Williams and Gray hit layups. And coach Brenda Frese was given two technical fouls and tossed during a media timeout with 3:51 left, Gray hit the four free throws that followed to give Duke its largest lead to that point, 63-50.
Williams added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Duke, which won its 36th straight ACC game at Cameron Indoor Stadium and hasn’t been beaten by a conference rival at home since Maryland did it five years ago.
Katie Rutan had 14 points and hit four 3-pointers for Maryland, which rallied from 10 points down and tied it at 33 on Rutan’s 3 barely 2 minutes into the second half.College baseballAlex Britt (Salisbury) has started two games on the mound for Carson-Newman. He’s 0-1 but has struck out 12 batters in 12 1/3 innings, while walking four. Hurley YMCARegistration for a middle school girls volleyball league is under way at Hurley YMCA.
Registration lasts until March 3. Contact Phillip Hilliard at 704-636-0111 for information or if you’re interested in coaching.Prep volleyballWest Iredell setter Madison Pogue signed with Catawba Valley Community College. She averaged 10.2 assists and 6.3 digs per set. Salis. Academy hoopsSalisbury Academy’s varsity girls defeated Statesville Christian 34-12 in the first round of the CCISAA conference tournament.
The Jaguars were led by Juliana Anderson with 12 points and nine rebounds. Jenny Kribbs had eight points and three steals. Maria Capito had four steals. Jordan McCall and Ruth Clement combined for 16 rebounds.Baseball at the BeachContact David Wright at 704-224-8665 for information on Baseball at the Beach/Oak Island.
This is a USSSA tournament for ages 8-18. Great fields and lot of local attractions. See baseballatthebeach.org.Prep hoopsConcord’s boys stayed undefeated in the SPC with a 74-51 romp against Northwest Cabarrus on Monday.
The Spiders led 24-8 after a quarter.7th-grade girls hoopsChina Grove won 20-16 against West Rowan Middle.
Leading scorers for China Grove with nine points each were Riley Corriher and Anne Marie Turney.
Leading scorers for West were Morgan Corriher with eight points and Emily Spry with six.
• Southeast defeated Mooresville 61-35.
Olivia Gabriel scored 29 points for the Patriots, and Maren Shumaker had nine.
Alexandra Linder, Sarah Musselwhite and Taylor Hairston scored six points each.
Shaleah Jolly and Paige Eagle also played well for the winners.
• Erwin won 32-18 against Knox. Erwin rolled to a 20-3 halftime lead.
Sydney Taylor scored 15 points for the Eagles.
Mia Graham had seven rebounds for the Eagles (4-3). Hollie Harrison had four assists and four steals. Reagan Perry grabbed six rebounds.
Knox (1-6) was led by Myanna Hillie with seven points.7th-grade boys hoopsKnoxs battled back from a 13-point, third-quarter deficit and defeated Erwin 61-49.
The Trojans (6-1) got big games from Isaac Baker with 17 points and Jaquon Davis and Montavio Rankin with 16 points apiece.
Erwin was led by Josh Ellis with 17 points. Bryson Sprinkle and Cole Perry scored 14 and 11, respectively. Trevor Scruggs scored six for the Eagles (3-4).
• West Rowan defeated China Grove 58-16.
Malcolm Ingram led the Bulldogs with 14 points, with Josiah Dixon adding 11 points and Olen Stamper chipping in with eight.
Paul Ghandour led the Bulldogs (5-2) with six rebounds.
Bailey Graham had 13 points for China Grove (0-7).
West Rowan’s next game is Thursday against Mooresville.