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Area Sports Briefs: Indians split; LC out of CIAA tournament

From staff reports
Catawba’s men’s basketball team handed Carson-Newman its 10th straight setback on Wednesday.
The Indians (17-9, 9-6) shot 61 percent in the second half and rallied to win 92-84 in Jefferson City, Tenn.
Donald Rutherford led five Indians in double figures with 22 points. Antonio Houston (20), Rob Fields (17), Donzell Williams (14) and Davie product Cliff Burns (10) also scored in double digits.
The Indians won despite missing all 13 of their 3-point attempts.
Tray Okoth scored 19 points for Carson-Newman (6-20, 3-12), which led 47-38 at halftime.
CATAWBA (92) ó Rutherford 22, Houston 20, Fields 17, Williams 14, Burns 10, Rose 5, Reid 4, Shoemaker, Sossamon, Huntley.
CARSON-NEWMAN (84) ó Okoth 19, Johnson 15, Maxtion 14, Guyton 8, Dixon 7, McMurray 6, Hare 5, Walker 4, Plavich 3, Hyatte 3.
Catawba 38 54 ó 92
Carson-Newman 47 37 ó 84
– Catawba women
Catawba’s women’s basketball team was steamrolled 93-62 at Carson-Newman on Wednesday.
Catawba was held to 30.4-percent field-goal shooting and made only two 3-pointers. The Indians did shoot well from the foul line (18-for-20).
Nisha Long led the Indians (15-11, 7-8) with 14 points. Dana Hicks scored 12, and Brittany Higgins and Maggie Sullivan added 10 each.
Shari Buford led the Eagles (18-8, 9-6) with 18 points.
– SAC basketball titles
Tusculum’s women clinched a tie for first with an 86-68 victory against Mars Hill. Jasmine Gunn scored 29 points for the Pioneers.
* Marcus Hodges scored 23 points as Lenoir-Rhyne’s men beat Wingate 76-73 in overtime to clinch the SAC regular-season title. Josh Rudder added 19 points for the Bears.
– Livingstone hoops
Livingstone’s men lost 70-67 to Fayetteville State in the first round of the CIAA tournament on Wednesday.
The Blue Bears (14-14) were led by Sean Booker’s 24 points. Calvin Gunning scored 15 points, and Tayloe Taylor had 13 points and five assists.
Andy Gebru led the Broncos with 16 points.
* Livingstone’s women lost to Virginia Union 61-60 in a first-round tournament game on Tuesday to end their season. Brittany Wright had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Blue Bears. Rashida Elbourne scored 17 points.
– College women’s hoops
Guilford’s Tracey Croner (East Rowan) was named to the All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference first team on Wednesday.
Croner averages 14.2 points, fifth in the league, and leads Guilford in rebounding with 6.0 per game.
The 5-foot-9 senior has scored in double figures 45 times, has tallied 1,007 points and has been All-ODAC three times since transferring to Guilford after attending Coastal Carolina as a freshman.
* Meredith’s Brittany Cornelius (East) was named to the All-USA South Conference third team. Cornelius averaged 15.4 points and 7.0 rebounds this season.
She finished her junior year with 1,095 points and is Meredith’s No. 6 all-time scorer.
* South Carolina State’s Sophilia Hipps (North Rowan) scored 10 points in a 73-56 loss against Howard on Monday.
– College softball
Erin Foster (West Rowan) and Gina Loflin (West) had two hits each as Walter State beat Truett-McConnell 3-2 on Tuesday.
Foster scored twice for the Senators.
* Maryland split four games against Western teams in the Cathedral City Classic, beating UC-Santa Barbara and Hawaii and losing to UCLA and Fresno State.
Senior Devon Williams (West) had three RBIs for the Terps on the trip.
– College baseball
Jacob Lambert and Michael Elliott combined on a seven-inning no-hitter for Carson-Newman in a 3-0 victory over North Greenville on Wednesday.
* Nick Daniels (NW Cabarrus) pitched a scoreless inning for Appalachian State in an 11-5 victory against Gardner-Webb on Wednesday.
* Zach Glass (Salisbury) went 2-for-4 and scored three times for Lenoir-Rhyne (13-4) in a 21-6 romp against St. Andrews on Wednesday.
* Brett Shore (South Rowan) batted .261, scored six runs and had two doubles as Davidson got off to a 4-1 start.
– College golf
Sophomore Evan Kilchenstein led a group of four Catawba golfers playing as individuals at the Palmer Intercollegiate Men’s Golf Tournament which concluded on Tuesday. The event was hosted by Pfeiffer at the 7,102-yard, par-72 Old North State Club.
Kilchenstein finished in 14th, shooting rounds of 81 and 80 for a 161 total.
John O’Planick was two shots behind in 17th after rounds of 81 and 82.
Carson-Newman won the event with Eagle Brad Robinson taking medalist honors with a score of 147.
– Prep golf
The 2nd Annual High School Golf Invitational will be held Monday, March 2, at the Club at Irish Creek.
There will be a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $125 per team and includes tee gift and dinner.
Teams bring five players. Format is individual stroke play. Low three scores count for team total.
The low eight scores from Rowan and Cabarrus will count toward a county score for bragging rights.
The low team winner will win the Bobby Batson Trophy that will be displayed in the school’s trophy case in memory of Batson, who helped promote golf in Cabarrus and Rowan Counties
Contact the Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis.
– Salisbury Runners
The Salisbury Rowan Runners Club will hold its spring Beginning Runners Training Program starting on Tuesday, March 10, at the Salisbury Civic Center.
The program will run every Tuesday for eight weeks from 6:30-7:30.
Cost for the program is $35 and includes membership to the runners club, T-shirt and entry fee to a club sponsored race.
Contact David Freeze at 704-239-5508 or Steve Clark at 704-638-5275.
– North boosters
The North Rowan High School Booster Club will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in the media center.
Plans will be discussed for the 7th annual Bob Hundley Golf Tournament and also for North’s sports banquet.
All members and guests are urged to attend.
– Rowan Little League
Rowan Little League Softball still has spots remaining in its girls 6-8 Coach Pitch league.
You may register online at http://www.rowanlittleleague.com or contact Jeff Bernhardt at 704-855-9849 for more information.
The Cost is $40.
– Landis Rec Department
The Landis Recreation Department is still accepting late registration for its girls softball and boys baseball leagues ages 4-14.
Please call 704-857-4114 by March 3 for additional information.

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