Area sports briefs
From staff reports Mistakes wiped out an early West Davidson lead and sent the Green Dragons to a 37-13 loss at Starmount in the second round of the 2A playoffs on Friday night.
West, which finished 9-4, took a 7-3 lead on Jon Jarvis’ 66-yard reception from James McCandies in the first quarter. But after that, things fell apart.
West fumbled inside its 20, leading to a Starmount score. An interception led to another TD. Then with seconds left in the first half, a 32-yard field-goal attempt was blocked and run back for a touchdown. A 23-7 halftime deficit was too much to overcome, despite an 80-yard punt return by Jordan Hudson in the third quarter.
n Stallions lose
The Cabarrus-Rowan Stallions boys basketball team lost 74-56 to Forsyth Home Education.
Christian Hicks led the Stallions with 22 points. Kyle Kiker scored 16, and K.P. Hicks added six.
n Griffith leads Indians
Senior Melissa Griffith posted a career-high 30 kills as Catawba downed Francis Marion in four sets in an opening round match of the Southeast Region Volleyball Tournament on Friday afternoon at Wingate.
The fourth-seeded Indians (21-10) won 25-20, 27-29, 28-26, 29-27.
Griffith turned in the fifth-best match total in Catawba history and moved into second place on the school’s career list with 1,582 in her four seasons.
Junior libero Mai Zoua Lo posted a career-high 38 digs with freshman setter Megan Courson delivering 55 assists.
Catawba plays tonight against Wingate, a 3-0 winner over Anderson. Lincoln Memorial topped Carson-Newman 3-1, and Armstrong Atlantic beat Lander 3-2.
n Catawba hoops on road
Catawba’s basketball teams will travel today.
The Catawba men will seek their third straight win at Queens at 4 p.m.
Coach Jim Baker’s Indians downed Felician and Mount Olive in the Catawba Roundball Classic. They’re on the road for the first time today.
Queens (0-2) lost to Armstrong Atlantic and Lenoir-Rhyne. Reggie Hopkins averages 17.0 points a game for the Royals.
n The Catawba women play at Pfeiffer at 7 p.m.
Catawba (2-1) looks to rebound from a high-scoring overtime loss to Barton. The Indians beat King and Converse.
Pfeiffer is 0-2.
n Northwest’s Hines signsNorthwest Cabarrus’ 6-foot-6 Ira Hines has signed with UNC Pembroke’s basketball program.
“Ira is a very athletic and versatile player with good size and great potential,” UNC Pembroke coach Ben Miller said. “Coach (Daniel) Jenkins has done an excellent job with his development.”
Hines averaged 6.3 points and 6.1 rebounds for a 23-6 team last season and blocked 55 shots. Hines’ season-best scoring effort was 15 against South Rowan, and he blocked six shots in games against West Iredell and Lake Norman.
n Eighth-grade basketball West Rowan Middle’s boys nipped Corriher-Lipe 28-26.
Demetrius Davidson led the Bulldogs with eight points and seven rebounds. Joseph Robinson had six points, and Zach Lemmon and Cody McNeely scored five each.
Jay Johnson was a defensive standout for the Bulldogs.
Alden Upright led the Yellow Jackets with nine points. Dillon Parker had eight, and Nathan Lambert had five.
n West Rowan’s girls topped Corriher-Lipe 35-25.
Tabitha Ball scored 16 points to pace the Bulldogs. Kym Caldwell added six points.
Caroline Wood and Haley Jackson hit the boards for the Bulldogs.
n Jack Gallagher hit three 3-poiters and pumped in 18 points as Southeast’s boys rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat Knox 48-44.
Travis Abbitt scored 10 points, and Greg Tonnesen added eight and K.J. Pressley scored six for the Patriots.
n Southeast’s girls downed Knox 46-33 behind 16 points by Allison Blackwell and 14 by Aleia Dewitt.
Tyesha Phillips added 11 points for the Patriots, who play at West Rowan on Monday.
n Salisbury AcademyAlexandra Drye led Salisbury Academy’s varsity girls basketball team to a 13-12 victory over First Assembly.
Allie Billings scored the go-ahead points for the Jaguars (2-1).
n Middle school wrestlers Jemarius Allison, Isaac Brown, Robert Luther, Carlos Zanudo, Paris Mooney, Michael Knox, T’Vadis Wesley, Bobby Johnson, Quinton Kirkland and Travis Nunn had wins for Knox in a 56-35 victory over Southeast.
Austin Taylor, Jacob Casey, Dylan Leddon, Jacob Tomlin, Holden Hughley, and Kelsey Melvin had wins for the Patriots.
Results are in Scoreboard.