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Area Sports Briefs: Houston leads Carson

From staff reports
Defense got Carson a big halftime lead, and free-throw shooting sealed a 56-53 win over Mooresville on Tuesday night.
The Cougars (4-2, 2-1 NPC) jumped out to a 29-13 lead at intermission behind four 3-pointers by sophomore Nick Houston. Mooresville crept back in, even taking a one-point lead late in the fourth quarter.
That’s when coach Brian Perry turned to Houston, who sank 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch. Brandon Ferrare hit a breakway layup, and Josh Doby added two free throws.
Houston finished with 19 points, while Doby added 11 and Ferrare had nine. Leading scorer Darius Moose was held to eight.
“He has been sick and didn’t seem like he had his energy,” Perry said. “But when he scores only eight and we win, that might be a good thing.”
Carson will take a three-game winning streak into its game against Northwest Cabarrus on Friday.
MOORESVILLE (53) ó Lester 19, Sutton 16, K. Johnson 6, Patterson 5, Wilson 3, I. Johnson, Willis 2.
CARSON (56) ó Houston 19, Doby 11, Ferrare 9, Moose 8, Clanton 5, Bejic 2, Heggins 2, Sewell, Britt.
– Wonders fall
A.L. Brown’s boys basketball team cut a 20-point, fourth-quarter deficit down to a single point but dropped an 85-82 SPC decision to Marvin Ridge on Tuesday.
Jaques Deese scored 20 points for the Wonders. Demarcus Phifer (18), J.J. Jones (17) and Zach Fesperman (10) also scored in double figures.
Fesperman had 13 rebounds. Terrance Knox had nine boards.
– Davie loses
Asheboro beat Davie County’s boys basketball team 72-63 on Tuesday. Drew Absher scored 26 points for Davie. Jamal Mayfield and James Mayfield had 10 points each for the War Eagles (3-3).
Saegan Hilliard scored 24 for the Blue Comets (1-4).
– East JV girls hoops
East Rowan’s jayvee girls basketball team lost 38-36 to West Iredell. Amber Boling led all scorers with 13 points. Bridget Boling scored 10. Summer Taylor had seven rebounds and nine points.n Catawba basketball
Catawba’s men’s basketball team returns to action Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at UNC Asheville. The Indians (8-0) play at home against J.C. Smith on Dec. 17.
Catawba’s women play Columbia Union in Maryland on Sunday.
– College women’s hoops
Shayla Fields (Salisbury) scored 25 points for N.C. State in a 66-61 loss against Florida on Sunday. She is averaging 18.9 points a game.
* RaShonda Mayfield (West Rowan) scored six points for Voorhees in a 72-65 victory against Brescia on Saturday.
– College men’s hoops
Junior Hairston (West Rowan) is averaging 13.2 points and 5.4 rebounds for Towson. He has blocked 10 shots in five outings.
* Doug Campbell (Salisbury) and his Rio Grande teammates are now ranked in fifth in NAIA.
* Terrell Allison (Salisbury) is averaging 3.7 points for Rockingham Community College. John Handy (Salisbury) is averaging 2.5 points.
– Overseas hoops
Terris Sifford (West Rowan) scored 29 points and had 13 rebounds in Italy on Saturday.
– DCDS second
The Davidson Country Day boys basketball team finished second in a tournament held in Myrtle Beach.
Alex Franklin scored 11 points and Celexus Long had nine in a 42-27 victory against host St. Andrews. DCDS lost to Christ Our King in the championship game.
* The DCDS girls also finished second, beating St. Andrews and losing to Sacred Heart. Jo Jo Chavis, Rebecca Cope and Emerson Hayes led the Diamondbacks.
DCDS is the host team for a holiday basketball tournament this weekend. Davidson Home School, Salisbury Academy, West Davidson and Troy’s Wescare Christian Academy are participating.
– 8th-grade hoops
West Rowan’s girls defeated Knox 42-33. Kym Caldwell led the Bulldogs with 14 points. Tabitha Ball scored 11, Shay Steele had seven and Lyric Ramsue six.
Caldwell and Ball led the Bulldogs on the boards. Ramsue was a defensive standout.
Vashti Usry scored 14 points for the Trojans.
– North Hills falls
The North Hills boys basketball team lost to Davidson Country Day 49-37. D’shon Taylor had 23 points and 10 boards for his second straight double-double. Carson Mann scored six for the Eagles.
n Salisbury Academy
Allie Billings and Sally Fowler led the Jaguars to a 23-4 victory against Hickory Christian. The Jaguars (6-2) have won their last four.
* Lucas Capito and Tyler Petty paced the varsity boys ‘Red’ team to a 27-18 victory against Hickory Christian. The Jaguars have won seven straight.
* Nathan Wyatt and Ian Lins played well for the Jaguars varsity ‘Blue’ team in a 36-17 loss against the Woodlawn Blazers.
* Elle Wimmer and Grace Yatawara led the jayvee girls in a 23-21 loss against Hickory Christian.
* In a 30-18 loss against Hickory Christian, Robbie Slater and Watson Pitner led the Jaguars.
– McEwing heads Dash
Former New York Mets infielder Joe McEwing has been named manager of the Winston-Salem Dash minor league baseball team.
The pitching coach will be former White Sox closer Bobby Thigpen.
– SAC football
Tusculum tight end Jarrell NeSmith and quarterback Corey Russell and Carson-Newman offensive lineman Thomas Battle were named to the Daktronics Division II All-America football team.
* Tusculum’s Frankie DeBusk was named Division II Super Region Two Coach of the Year.
– GARS event
Bill Hathcock won the ‘A Flight with a net of 65.63 at a recent GARS event at Warrior. Low ‘B’ player was Ben Moore with a net of 68.85.

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