Area Sports Briefs
From staff reports
Pfeiffer’s men’s basketball team put up 107 points on Saturday night but still lost to CVAC rival Belmont Abbey.
The homestanding Crusaders (5-12, 4-7) upset the Falcons 110-107, continuing a rough stretch for coach Dave Davis’ crew.
DeMario Grier led the Falcons (13-5, 7-4) with 29 points. Robert McGriff added 20 points and had nine rebounds.
n Pfeiffer’s women’s team continued its strong play with a 73-59 victory over the Crusaders.
The Falcons (14-4, 9-2) are tied for second place, one game behind Barton.
Lauren Brittingham paced Pfeiffer with 17 points. Tamara Clay had 16 points and seven steals.
Pfeiffer led 41-24 at halftime, and the Crusaders (7-10, 4-7) got no closer than 11 points in the second half.
n 8th-grade basketball tourney
First round of Saturday’s Rowan County tournament at Corriher-Lipe …
Corriher-Lipe’s No. 3 boys outlasted No. 6 Erwin 55-50 in double overtime.
Mark McDaniel scored 20 points to lead the Yellow Jackets (8-5). His second basket of the second OT put his team ahead to stay. Tevan Jones scored 11 points, and Randy Maxwell added nine.
No. 6 Erwin (2-13) jumped out to a 15-0 lead and knocked down nine 3-pointers. Will Sapp paced the upset-minded Eagles with five 3-pointers and 17 points, plus seven rebounds. Jamey Blalock had 11 points and 15 boards.
n Erwin’s No. 3 girls (10-5) took a 49-31 victory over No. 6 Corriher-Lipe (3-10). Taylor Honeycutt paced Erwin with 14 points, while Devan Corpening had nine points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Corriher-Lipe was led by Kirstie Corriher’s 11 points.
n The second-seeded West Rowan boys (13-2) took a 41-31 victory over No. 7 North Rowan. B.J. Sherrill paced the Bulldogs with 16 points and eight rebounds.
North (1-15) was led by Devante McCluney with 13 points. Javon Hargrave had 10 rebounds.
n Knox’s No. 2 girls (11-2) beat No. 7 China Grove 44-28 behind Olivia Rankin’s 13 points. Jessica Heilig scored nine points, and Najwa Allison had eight.
China Grove (3-11) was led by Samantha Goins’ 12 points. Krista Swartz had eight.
n The No. 5 China Grove boys (6-7) defeated No. 4 Southeast (5-8) 51-43, and the No. 4 West Rowan girls (5-8) turned back No. 5 North Rowan (5-10) 32-30. Details of those games were not available.
n On Monday, the No. 1 Southeast girls (11-1) take on West Rowan at 4:30 p.m., and the No. 1 Knox boys (13-0) meet China Grove at 6.
n More 8th-grade basketball
Knox’s girls finished 10-2 in the regular season. Team members are Olivia Rankin, Najwa Allison, Simone Hairston, Sierra Davis, Jessica Heilig and Ayanna Hicks, Asia Hall, Krystal Gray, Alicia Bradshaw, Shaniqua Jones, Danielle Chambers and Shale Glenn.
n Corriher-Lipe’s girls defeated West Rowan Middle 43-40 in overtime. Marissa Sellers scored 20 points for the Yellow Jackets, and Nicole Barringer had 10. Isis Miller led the Bulldogs with 13 points.
n 7th-grade basketball under way
West Rowan Middle’s boys rolled over China Grove 65-20. Jordan Kimber led the Bulldogs with 26 points and eight steals. Connor Edwards had 11 points and seven rebounds. Trey Cuthbertson had 10 points, and Keshun Sherrill had 11 assists and nine steals.
Josh Martin had nine points and nine rebounds for the Red Devils.
n Molly Cogburn’s free throw with 12 seconds left lifted West’s girls to an 18-17 win over the Red Devils. Amber Holloway led the Bulldogs with seven points and eight steals.
n Sacred Heart girls basketball
Laney Gokey scored 14 points, and Amanda Betner had 10 points and nine rebounds for Sacred Heart’s jayvee girls basketball team in a 47-7 victory over First Assembly.
n Salisbury Academy
Trey Bergsma scored 20 points to lead Salisbury Academy’s junior varsity boys to a 39-13 victory over Concordia. Jerry Settle added nine points for the Jaguars.
n The SA jayvee girls lost to Concordia 22-17. Allie Billings and Madeline Hoskins led the Jaguars.
n Cathcart shines for Buckeyes
Ohio State’s Brandon Cathcart (Salisbury) placed second in the triple jump in Friday’s Gladstein Invitational at the University of Indiana.
Cathcart’s effort of 51-33/4 inches matched the fourth-best mark in Ohio State history.
n Niswonger Invitational track meet
Lenoir-Rhyne’s Lamont Savage (West Rowan) won the unseeded long jump competition at Saturday’s Niswonger Invitational at East Tennessee State with an effort of 22 feet, 10 inches.
n Andre Tillman (North Rowan), competing for St. Augustine’s, was eighth in the triple jump (47-3/4) and 11th in the seeded long jump (21-61/4).
n Western Carolina’s Daniel Joseph (NW Cabarrus) was ninth in the unseeded long jump (19-9).
n Mark Sturgis (North), competing unattached, was second in the triple jump (48-4).
n South Rowan’s Makenzie Mullinax competed against college athletes in the women’s pole vault and tied for 10th with an effort of 10-6.
n Adrianné Alexander (South) was 24th in the shot put (37-1).
n Rachel Karriker (East Rowan) was 30th in the weight throw (36-101/4).
n NPC swim meet
Northwest Cabarrus’ boys won the NPC swim meet, while the Trojan girls tied Lake Norman for first place. West Rowan’s boys finished fourth, and the Falcon girls were sixth.
Carson’s boys were seventh, and the Cougar girls finished eighth.