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Area briefs: Catawba ends skid

From staff reports
Career highs by Rob Fields and Finnur Magnusson helped Catawba beat Carson-Newman 109-100 in a wild game at Goodman Gym on Monday.
The 25th-ranked Indians (14-7, 6-4) snapped a four-game losing skid.
Fields scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half, while Magnusson did not miss a shot on the evening to notch his 16 points. The senior was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers. Antonio Houston collected 20 points, and Isaac Rose added 16.
Catawba overcame a 50-43 halftime deficit, scoring 66 points in the second half.
The Indians hit on 23-of-34 shots in the final 20 minutes and were a perfect 18-for-18 at the line after the break. Catawba finished the game shooting 56.2 percent from the floor, one game after a hitting a season-low 31 percent in a loss to Tusculum. Catawba had shot below 40 percent in each of its previous four games.
Carson-Newman (6-15, 3-6) led by as many as 11 points in the first half.
The Eagles connected on 48 percent from the floor and made 13 3-pointers, but were only 5-of-15 from long range in the second half. Joey Cameron led five double-figure scorers for Carson-Newman with 22 points and added three blocked shots. Jesse McMurray followed with 16 points, hitting on four 3-pointers, but had only two points in the second half.
– Prep basketball
A.L. Brown’s boys finally were able to make up their game with Anson County on Monday and the Wonders rolled 65-49 on the road for an SPC victory.
The Wonders can still finish as high as second in the SPC.
Demarcus Phifer led the charge with 21 points and seven assists. Jacob Newman had 13 points.
Newman and Vance Chapman combined for 17 rebounds.
“One of our better rebounding games all season,” coach Shelwyn Klutz said.
Salisbury’s boys are ranked second in the latest 2A NCPreps.com media poll.
In 3A, Concord is second, Lake Norman sixth and West Rowan seventh.
In 4A, CPC leader Mount Tabor is ranked sixth.
* Salisbury’s girls are third this week in 2A. East Davidson remains No. 1.
In 3A, Statesville is ranked fourth. In the 4A ranks, Mount Tabor is sixth.
– South Rowan girls
South Rowan’s girls basketball team took it on the chin from Statesville 72-30 in Monday’s NPC game.
Scoring totals weren’t available, but coach Jim Brooks said Taylor May had 15 rebounds.
– 7th-grade hoops
Erwin’s girls beat West Rowan Middle 33-20 on Monday.
Erwin (4-0, 3-0) jumped out to a 15-2 halftime lead.
Karleigh Wike led the Eagles with 15 points, 20 rebounds, seven blocked shots and five steals. Lauren Thomas scored six, and Kendall Brown had nine steals.
West Rowan (1-3) was led by Michaela White with 10 points. LaShanda Johnson scored six.
* West’s undefeated boys thumped Erwin 56-29 behind Devin Parks’ 18 points.
The Bulldogs (4-0) also got eight points apiece from Najee Tucker, Justin Kimber and Malik Crudup. Keyows Weeks added six points.
Erwin (0-4, 0-3) was led by Donte Means with 10 points and five steals. Dock Corpening had seven points and six rebounds. Chase Brown had six rebounds.
– Jayvee basketball
East Rowan’s girls defeated Carson 35-24 on Monday.
Amber Boling had 11 points and five assists for the Mustangs.
Sydney Safrit scored eight points and had five steals. Lindsey Dunlap had five points and 12 rebounds.
– North Hills hoops
The North Hills Elementary boys topped St. Stephens 38-29 on Monday.
Jay Wood scored 10 points, while Will Cody scored nine.
* On Friday, North Hills beat Christian Family 42-21. Wes Fazia scored 14 points. Wood had 12.n Hole-in-one
Mike Mills, a member and past club champion at Warror Golf Club, recorded his second career ace at Tot Hills Farms in Asheboro. He used a pitching wedge to make a hole-in-one on the 145-yard No. 15 hole.
Playing with Mills and witnessing the shot were Joey Boley, Brian Freel and Chad Steen.
– GARS
Sixty-four GARS members played at Crescent Golf Club on Monday. Low ‘A’ Flight player was Jay Boyce with a net of 63.63. Low ‘B’ player was Boyce Caudle with a net of 68.86. Low ‘C’ player was Jim Bain with a net of 63.73. Low ‘D player was Glenn Horning with a net of 69.34.

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