Area Sports Briefs
From staff and wire reportsSouth Carolina scored three touchdowns in the second half to defeat North Carolina 24-16 in the 72nd annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas on Saturday in Spartanburg.
South Carolina trailed 16-3 at halftime but scored the only points in the second half.
In the third quarter, Dorman’s Walter Canty scored on a 9-yard run to cap a four-play, 80-yard drive. He was named South Carolina’s defensive MVP, with four tackles, including two for a loss. He returned four punts for 55 yards, plus fared well on offense, gaining 63 yards rushing on four carries.
In the fourth quarter, Northwestern’s Jarrett Neely scored on a 14-yard run. And Jerrodd Williams of Daniel High School scored by returning an interception 59 yards.
South Carolina’s defense allowed North Carolina only 120 yards of offense ó 17 yards in the second half.
Quarterbacks were named offensive MVPs. Stephon Gilmore of South Pointe in South Carolina tallied 99 yards, including 71 on the ground. Desmond Lowery of Belmont South Point, a late addition to the squad, scored on a 54-yard run.
South Mecklenburg linebacker Spencer Shuey was the North Carolina defensive MVP with eight tackles, including two for a loss.
South Carolina leads the series 40-28 with four ties.
A.L. Brown’s Jamill Lott played for the N.C. squad.
n Prep football
The Associated Press All-State team will be announced on Wednesday. The N.C. Coach of the Year will be announced on Thursday, and the N.C. Player of the Year on Friday.n Pfeiffer loses
Pfeiffer’s men’s basketball team lost to 18th-ranked Bellarmine 105-84 on Saturday in a game played at West Virginia State.
Robert McGriff led the Falcons (4-2) with 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting.
Chris Donald added 15 points for the Falcons. James Crowder added 11.
n NPC swimming
East Rowan swimmers swept their Christmas Invitational, a quad meet with South Rowan, North Iredell and Carson.
For East’s girls:
Jaime Mullen won the 200 and 100 free.
Madison Hall won the 200 IM (2:41.40) and 100 backstroke (1:10.28).
Natassia Lundgren won the 100 butterfly. Samantha Zerger won the 500 free in 6:33.42. Katie Egloff won the 100 breaststroke in 1:22.06.
Mullen, Hall, Katelyn Shuping, Nikki Goodman, Katie Lowman, Lundgren and Egloff teamed to win the 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free relays.
For East’s boys:
Clark Agner won the 200 free (2:11.60) and 500 free (6:11.50).
Tanner Lowman won the 200 IM (2:05.27) and 100 butterfly (55.07). Sam McSwain won the 50 freestyle (24.78), nipping teammate Scott Clark. Will Stokes won the 100 free (55.41) and 100 breaststroke (1:09.96).
Kyle Fischer, Agner, Tanner Lowman, Clark, McSwain and Stokes swept the relays.
n South’s Mark Wooten won the 100 backstroke in 1:04.68.
n Wonders drop match
A.L. Brown wrestlers lost to Piedmont 51-20 in their SPC opener.
Nagee Jackson had a pin for the Wonders.
Jonathan Donatien won by tech fall. Morgan McDaniel took a major decision. Tristan Steele won by forfeit.
The Wonders wrestle in the King of the Mat Tournament at North Davidson Monday and Tuesday.
n Moir basketball tourney
Games played on Monday will determine the top seed for the boys bracket in the Sam Moir Christmas Classic that will be contested at Catawba on Dec. 27, 29 and 30.
West Rowan’s unbeaten boys (5-0) will clinch the top seed if they beat South Rowan at home on Monday in a game that was postponed because of West’s run in the football playoffs.
If West loses, Salisbury (7-1) can claim the No. 1 seed by beating Davie County on Monday.
South (5-3) has secured the No. 3 seed for the tournament.
East Rowan (4-4) is assured of the No. 4 seed as long as Davie doesn’t upset Salisbury. If Davie (4-5) beats the Hornets, it will join East with a .500 record. Since East and Davie haven’t met, a coin flip would break that potential deadlock.
Carson (4-5) will be seeded fifth unless Davie moves past the Cougars on Monday. Davie will be No. 6 if it loses to Salisbury.
North Rowan (2-5) will be the No. 7 seed.
n On the girls side of the bracket, unbeaten Salisbury will be the No. 1 seed and favored to win the Moir championship for the sixth straight year.
South (5-3) has quite a bit riding on Monday’s game at West Rowan (4-3).
The Raiders will be the No. 2 seed if they win. If they lose, they’ll fall to the No. 4 slot.
If West beats the Raiders, it will jump past South and into a tie with East (5-3). A coin flip would be required to break a tie between West and East for the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds.
Davie (4-5) is likely to be the No. 5 seed, but it could move up to No. 4 if it shocks Salisbury and South beats West. Davie would win a head-to-head tiebreaker with West.
North (1-6) is No. 6. Carson (1-8) will be No. 7.
North’s only win was against Carson, while Carson’s lone win came against the Cavaliers.
n Prep basketball
Salisbury senior Shi-Heria Shipp has 987 career points and could reach the 1,000 plateau when the Hornet girls entertain Davie on Monday.
Only seven Hornets have scored 1,000 since the school began its girls program in the 1974-75 season.
Shipp is averaging 13.6 points a game this season.
She scored 127 as a varsity freshman, 345 as a sophomore and 406 as a junior.
East Rowan’s Ashley Collins, who has 950 points, could reach the magic milestone during the Mustangs’ three games in the Sam Moir Classic.
n Tyler Honeycutt scored 21 points as Northwest Cabarrus beat Statesville 71-66 in overtime in NPC boys basketball action on Friday.
Garrett West scored 15 points for the Falcons, while Jeff Felton and Ira Hines chipped in with 11 apiece.
n Bronte Sherrill scored 15 points as the Statesville girls stayed unbeaten in the NPC with a 57-30 victory against the Trojans.
n Elizabeth Merritt, a Catawba signee, scored 12 points for East Davidson’s undefeated girls in a 70-38 romp over Lexington on Friday.
n Jayvee basketball
Carson’s girls defeated West Rowan 40-29 on Friday.
Brittney Barber scored 18 points for the Falcons.
Carson leaders were not available.
n West’s boys topped Carson 60-48. Maurice Warren scored 23 for the Falcons. Kujuan Phillips had 19 points and Ethan Marsh 14.
n East Rowan’s girls beat South Rowan 48-38.
Lindsey Dunlap had 15 points and 10 rebounds for East (5-1). Bridget Boling had 11 points and four steals. Ashley Goins scored nine points, including four late free throws.
n DCDS hoops
Sisters Josey and Sidney Parker combined for 25 rebounds in a victory against Conover Concordia Lutheran.
The DCDS girls lost to Greensboro Covenant Christian.
n The DCDS boys lot to Concordia despite 12 points by Conor Honeycutt and eight by Coleman Hayes.
n Honeycutt scored 10 as the DCDS boys (8-8) beat Salisbury Academy Blue. Philip Simons scored 10 for the Jaguars.
Phyllis Durland recorded her second career ace on Friday at the Country Club of Salisbury.
Durland used a 7-wood on No. 17. Patty Mason was her playing partner and witnessed the shot.
n South Y program
South Rowan YMCA is offering a new program called “Stay Strong.”
The six-week program is geared for Seniors and will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and starts Jan. 6. Registration is $30 for non-members.
n SAC All-American
Tusculum junior tight end Jarrell NeSmith was named to the Associated Press Little All-America second team. Little All-America includes D-II, D-III and NAIA players.
NeSmith had 67 catches and seven TDs for the Pioneers.
n Women’s college hoops
Shayla Fields (Salisbury) scored 20 points for N.C. State in a 71-65 loss against Seton Hall on Saturday.
Fields was 8-for-8 on free throws and had three assists and only two turnovers in 40 minutes of action.
n South Carolina State’s Sophilia Hipps (North Rowan) had eight points and four rebounds in a recent 53-43 loss against Coastal Carolina.