Area sports briefs
From staff reports
A.L. Brownís boys basketball team didnít shoot well on Friday, but it managed to beat Hickory Ridge 57-54 in overtime. It was the eighth straight win for the Wonders (9-2), who are tied for first with Concord in the SPC with a 5-0 record.
Senior guard Teven Jones led Brown with 21 points. Heís led the Wonders in scoring in 10 of 11 contests. Parish Smith had 14 points and 11 boards against a big Hickory Ridge team.
ěAs poorly as we shot the ball, we made up for it with one of our best defensive efforts,î Brown coach Shelwyn Klutz said.
Coming off a serious football injury, guard Damien Washington made his season debut earlier this week against Mount Pleasant.
Brown has exams early next week and plays Concord next Friday.
A.L. BROWN (57) ó Jones 21, Smith 14, Reynolds 8, Copeland 6, Carr 3, Waddell 2, Johnson 2, Lott 1.
n Davie falls to Spartans
Fridayís CPC game got off to a bad start for Davie Countyís boys when big man Shannon Dillard slipped and injured a knee in warmups.
Davie lost 75-64 to Mount Tabor in a packed Davie gym. Dillard managed 10 points but was far from 100 percent.
Freshman Cody Martin led the War Eagles with 18 points. Nate Jones scored 15, and Cody Martin added 10.
Mount Tabor scored 44 points in the first half to take an 11-point lead.
ěIn the third quarter, we went to a 1-3-1 zone and got a lot of stops,î Davie coach Mike Absher said. ěBut we just didnít shoot the ball well.î
Davie (12-2, 1-1) was within five points with four minutes to go but couldnít get over the hump.
ěWe competed,î Absher said. ěEven with Dillard hurt, we were right there.î
Trey Irvin led Mount Tabor (14-1, 2-0 CPC) with 19 points.
Davie is scheduled to play at home against North Iredell on Tuesday and returns to CPC action next Friday at R.J. Reynolds.
MOUNT TABOR (75) ó Irvin 19, Robinson 15, Kearney 13, McGriff 10, Jones 7, Morton 6, Bitting 4, White 1.
DAVIE (64) ó Ca. Martin 18, Jones 15, Dillard 10, Co. Martin 10, R. Martin 7, Redmon 4, Absher, Simmons.
Mt. Tabor 24 20 8 23 ó 75
Davie 19 14 8 23 ó 64
n North reschedules
North Rowan has rescheduled Fridayís basketball games with Chatham Central on Jan. 19.
n North Hills romps
The North Hills boys basketball crushed Wilmingtonís Academy of Excellence 88-31 on Friday.
ěWe came out with intense focus and executed, from the tip what we have been working on in practice,î North Hills coach Jason Causby said.
ěWhat I was pleased with the most was that we never varied from that even when we seemed to really overwhelm AOE.[0xa0] I know the score was lopsided, but what coaches like to see is their guys continuing to execute no matter the stage or situation, and we did that.î
Moussa Doucara had 18 points and 10 boards for the Eagles (14-7). Oshon West had 14 points and five assists while Rashawn Joshua scored 10 points. Justin Wright added four steals.
ěMoussa was extremely active[0xa0]on the glass and ran the floor,î Causby said. ěD.J. Griffin continued his steady play as of late by making all[0xa0]of the simple plays ó which, in my opinion, are always the biggest.î[0xa0]
North Hills plays a girls-boys doubleheader against Mooresville Christian on Monday, starting at 6 p.m.
AOE (31) óIrby 16, Hopkins 6, J. Deveore 4, Owens 3, Morrison 1, Perry 1.
NORTH HILLS (88) ó Doucara 18, West 14, Joshua 10, Tracey 8, Nunn 8, Kriminger 6, Wright 6, Griffin 6, Ward 5, Gobble 4, Hillie 3, Beck, Miller.
AOE 5 1 8 17 ó 31
North Hills 31 20 24 13 ó 88
n Chargers roll
Rockwell Christianís boys basketball team beat Calvary Christian of King 47-37 on Thursday night.
Alex Straight led all scorers with 15 points, while Andrew Straight scored 13. John Robinson added six for the Chargers.
n Middle school hoops
West Rowanís boys stunned previously unbeaten Erwin with a 56-27 romp on Thursday.
Coach Sam Mooreís hungry Bulldogs (10-2) led 19-0 after a quarter against the Eagles.
Alexis Archie had 17 points, five rebounds and three steals. Celexus Long scored 16 points for West, including 10 in the first quarter. Dominique Upchurch had nine points and four rebounds. M.J. Rayner scored seven points and got nine rebounds. Jeremy Simpson came up with six steals.
Seth Wyrick and Samuel Wyrick scored nine points each to lead Erwin. Jack Weisensel had eight rebounds.
Erwin (11-1) remains in first place with two games left. Besides splitting with Erwin, West dropped a game to Mooresville.
n Erwinís girls cruised to a 48-19 win against West Rowan.
Kelli Fisher and Kaleigh Troutman turned in double-doubles. Fisher had 12 points, 19 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Eagles (10-2), while Troutman had 12 points and 13 boards.
Chrishona Roberson and Amani Ajayi scored nine and seven points, respectively. Ajayi had five steals. Shelby Benge and Erin Hatley added eight and six rebounds, respectively.
Sierra Charles and Hunter Gibbons led the scoring for West (1-11).
n YMCA senior high hoops
First Baptist beat Sacred Heart White 38-25 on Thursday.
Joel Brittain led First Baptist with 11 points. Tim Burges scored nine to pace Sacred Heart.
n First Presbyterian outscored Young Life 45-37 behind Sam Humbleís 14 points. Jay Watkins had 13 points for Young Life while Tyler Downs had 11.
n Sacred Heart Blue built a 36-9 halftime lead and rolled to a 69-28 win against Love Christian Center.
Philip Tonseth led the Blues with 21 points. Roy Dixon, Riley Gallagher, Spencer Carmichael and C.J. Sippel scored 10 each. Miles Blake scored eight for Love Christian Center.
n Catawba on road
Catawba basketball teams are at Anderson for SAC games this afternoon. Livingstone is home against Lincoln tonight
n Local golf
Thirty GARS members played in a captainís choice tournament at Corbin Hills earlier this week.
The team of Ross Howard, Lou Manning and Ernest Wagner shot minus-10 and took first place in a scorecard playoff with Don Bishop, David lee, Walter Moore and Mickey Ousley. Finishing third at minus-8 was the team of Buddy Barger, Lloyd Clodfelter, Clive Mahaffey and Larry Perrell.
n Lady Phenoms
Lady Phenoms travel basketball teams will hold tryouts for girls in grades 4-6 from 2-4 p.m. today at Competitive Sports, Corporate Circle off Julian Road. Contact AndrČ Archie at 704-232-0801.
n Basketball training
Youth Development will be conducting basketball skills training on Sunday, Jan. 9, at Competitive Sports off Julian Road.
Boys and girls ages 7-12 train from 3-4:30 p.m., while boys and girls ages 13-18 rain from 4:30-6 p.m. Contact AndrČ Archie at 704-232-0801.
n Extreme Performance
Extreme Performance is holding a winter baseball skills camp today and Sunday at its new location at 1504 Kentucky St., Salisbury.
Players can register the day of th camp. Local pros will instruct. Call Extreme Performance director of baseball operations Chris Ahearn at 704-633-3200 for information.