Area Sports Briefs: East boys fall to Bulls

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

From staff reports
East Rowan’s boys basketball team lost at Hickory Ridge 61-51 on Wednesday.
Omar Gittens had a strong night for the Mustangs (0-3) with 11 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Phillip Ajayi scored 15 points, while Riley Weber posted a team-high 11 boards.
Guard Travis Baucom led the Ragin’ Bulls with 16 points. Guard Quinton Wimbish had 11 points. It was the first win for Hickory Ridge.
East trailed by two points at the half, but Hickory Ridge had a 24-point third quarter to take control and held off the Mustangs in the final period.
“We played flat and dug ourselves a hole,” East coach Jim Lankford said. “We made a good comeback, got it all the way down to 49-48, but then we ran out of steam.”
East takes on Salisbury tonight as part of a quadruple-header at the East gym.
n East’s girls lost to Hickory Ridge 54-32. No details were available on Wednesday night.
EAST ROWAN (51) ó Ajayi 15, O. Gittens 11, Honeycutt 9, Grohman 4, Weber 4, Rogers 3, Watkins 3, Joshua 2, Troutman, H. Gittens, Curlee, Wilson.
HICKORY RIDGE (61) ó Baucom 16, Wimbish 11, Lamothe 9, Wood 9, Book 9, Burton 4, Dennis 3.
East Rowan 9 9 15 18 ó 51
Hick. Ridge 14 6 24 17 ó 61
n Prep football
West Rowan is ranked fourth this week behind Butler, Independence and Dudley in the media poll that covers all classifications. Waynesville Tuscola, this Friday’s opponent, is No. 25.
Salisbury isn’t ranked but received votes. Newton-Conover, Salisbury’s opponent on Friday, is ranked 13th.
n Kennedy All-State
The Tar Heel Youth golf Association has named Salisbury’s Madison Kennedy to the N.C. Girls All-State third team. Kennedy will be honored along with 29 others at a banquet on Dec. 26 at Little River Golf and Resort Club in Carthage.
n Friday hoops
Three Rowan schools are scheduled to play varsity basketball on Friday night. South Davidson visits North Rowan in YVC action. West Davidson goes to Carson. South Rowan visits Central Cabarrus.
n Jayvee basketball
Carson’s jayvee boys basketball team defeated Mount Pleasant 48-47 on Tuesday.
The Cougars were led by Malachi Parker with 12 points. Connor Bridges and Scottie Hinson had eight apiece. Wyatt Bigelow and K.J. Pressley played solid defense.
Coach Denon Hogue’s Cougars (1-1) travel to West Davidson on Friday.
n 8th grade hoops
Erwin’s eighth-grade boys basketball team got its first victory of the season by a score of 39-14 over visiting Corriher-Lipe on Tuesday.
Erwin (1-3, 1-1) was led by Doc Corpening and Donte Means with eight points apiece. Derrick Blackwell hit two 3s. Austin Hill and Means had six rebounds each. Calvin Edwards had five steals and five boards.
n Erwin’s girls (4-0, 2-0) stretched their two-year regular season winning streak to 17 games with a 47-23 victory over the Yellow Jackets. Kendall Brown led the Eagles with 13 points. Karleigh Wike had 10 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Josie McNeely added eight points and five rebounds. Lauren Thomas had four assists.
Corriher-Lipe (0-3) was led by Kacie Stamey’s three 3s and 11 points.
n Eight players scored at least five points for Southeast’s boys in the Patriots’ 74-21 victory against China Grove.
Devin Parks led the way with 23 points. Chris Hazzard scored seven. Adding six each were Najee Tucker, Brock Miller, Darius Gabriel, Colton Laws and Tre Williams. Seth Martin chipped in with five.
n Stallion basketball
Daniel Lawson scored 14 points for the Cabarrus-Rowan Home School Stallions middle school boys team in a 62-17 win against Lincoln.
Jordan Long had nine points and Harper Hicks eight.
n Levi Tucker scored eight points and Rockford Stoller had seven for the Stallion jayvee boys in a 46-24 loss against Lincoln.
n The Stallion varsity girls won 45-29 against Sheets Memorial. Hannah Holm scored 16 points. Ruth Anne Thomas had nine and Alyssa Harden eight.
n The Stallion varsity boys won 75-47. Lincoln. Matt Godley had 21 points, Michael Phillips 18 and James Dare 11.
n Sacred Heart boys hoops
The Sacred Heart varsity boys lost 63-58 to First Christian Academy. The Dolphins (7-3) were led by Banks Fisher with 20 points, 20 rebounds and five assists. Eric Edwards drilled three 3-pointers and scored 21 points.
n Women’s college hoops
South Carolina State’s Sophilia Hipps (North Rowan) scored 28 points, six in overtime, in an 81-75 win against North Carolina Central on Monday.
n Shi-Heria Shipp (Salisbury) has been named Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week. Shipp averaged 13 points in two games at the Junkanoo Jam in The Bahamas and added 10 rebounds, eight assists and six steals.
Shipp scored four points in a 93-53 loss to Tennessee on Tuesday.
n Brittany Cornelius (East Rowan) scored 12 points for Meredith in a 65-63 win against Averett on Tuesday.
n Men’s hoops
Jamel Carpenter (West Rowan) scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds for Fayetteville State in a 91-83 loss to Virginia State on Monday.
n Rio Grande’s Doug Campbell (Salisbury) had five assists against Virginia Intermont and 13 points against St. Francis in recent outings.
n Coker’s Michael Gore (South Rowan) scored four points in a 72-60 loss against Belmont Abbey.
n Middle school wrestling
North Rowan topped West Rowan 50-34, the first loss for the Bulldogs (2-1, 1-1) in three years. Top wrestlers were Tyler Sywenki, Zack Russell, Brandon Lemmon, Marius Doyle, Justin Gummo and Francisco Castro.
West wrestles Knox today.
n Y basketball meeting
There will be a coaches meeting on Monday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Hurley Y for the high school church basketball league that starts Dec. 14.