Area sports briefs: Catawba loses on road
From staff reports
Catawba freshman hoopster Kejuan ěChiefî Mayo blocked eight shots on Saturday but his school-record effort came in a losing cause.
The Indians fell to SAC rival Newberry 98-81 on the road, even though Catawba (6-10, 2-6) blocked 13 shots to equal the school record.
Freshman Keon Moore scored 23 points for the Indians and pulled down eight rebounds. Dominick Reid had 22 points and four assists.
Tony Davis had 16 points and 14 rebounds for Newberryís Wolves (7-9, 2-6), who outrebounded Catawba 35-21 in the second half.
The teams combined for 71 turnovers.
n Catawbaís womenís basketball team lost 78-73 in overtime at Newberry. Milica Ivanovic scored 28 points for the Indians (11-7, 5-3) to match her career high. Dana Hicks had 13 points and 11 boards. Elizabeth Merritt had 10 rebounds.
Taylor May (South Rowan) had two points and two rebounds in 11 minutes of action for the Indians.
Catawba led 66-63 with eight seconds left in regulation, but Newberryís Leanne Watson produced an old-fashioned 3-point play to force overtime.
There were six lead changes in the overtime session. Leeara Creet put Newberry ahead to stay with two free throws with 1:19 left.
Helen McKinney had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Newberry (10-6, 5-3). Jessica Bearzatto had 19 points.
n Livingstone swept
Livingstoneís menís basketball team staged a nice rally in the second half but still lost to CIAA rival Johnson C. Smith 84-66 on Saturday at Brayboy Gym.
In the divisional opener for both teams, the Blue Bears trimmed a 21-point, second-half deficit to six points but couldnít climb all the way back.
Darius Cox turned in a career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Bears (7-5, 3-5).
Trevin Parks poured in 29 for the Golden Bulls (12-4, 7-0). J.C. Smith guard Thaddeus Williams (Salisbury) got four minutes of playing time against his hometown school.
n Livingstoneís womenís basketball team trailed by 23 at halftime against J.C. Smith and lost 82-50.
LaQwesha Gamble had 20 rebounds for the Bulls (14-1, 7-1).
Cassaundra Rhodes scored 13 points for the Blue Bears (9-4, 4-2).
n Pfeiffer drops two
Pfeifferís menís basketball team lost 90-86 at Belmont Abbey on Saturday in Conference Carolinas action.
Chris Woods scored 26 points for the Falcons (6-9, 4-4), and Reggie Hollinger added 17.
Richard Barbee scored 27 for the Crusaders (7-8, 3-5).
n Pfeifferís womenís basketball team lost 62-54 to Belmont Abbey on Saturday.
Celeste Caudill scored 17 points for the Falcons (5-10, 4-5). Kia Rice (Salisbury) had a rebound and an assist in four minutes of action.
Shayla Jackson scored 21 points for the Crusaders (6-8, 5-3).
n Davie boys win
Only 17 hours after dropping an emotional game to undefeated Reagan, Davie Countyís boys bounced back to beat R.J. Reynolds 60-53 on Saturday afternoon.
The War Eagles (13-3, 2-2 CPC) used a big fourth quarter from center Shannon Dillard to hold on against the Demons (3-10, 0-2).
Davie got off to a slow start, trailing 14-8 after one quarter. It led by only one at halftime.
ěObviously, the quick turnaround made a difference,î Davie coach Mike Absher said. ěAnd it was a physical game (against Reagan). Itís good to get a tough road win.î
Dillard scored 10 in the fourth, with three of the buckets coming off assists from Nate Jones. The 6-foot-4 Dillard finished with 25 points, while Jones added 12. Caleb Martin finished with 10.
n Carson jayvees win
Jordy Clark scored 19 points to lead the Carson girls (10-2) to a win against Statesville.
Katie Barringer, Madison Weast and Megan Gray scored 10 points each for the Cougars.
n Middle school tourney
Boys, first round
No. 5 Corriher-Lipe 36, No. 4 North 32
Devonte Steele had 14 points, 13 rebounds and six steals for the Yellow Jackets (9-6). Burke Fulcher scored eight points.
Jareke Chambers scored 11 for North (9-6), and Shareef Walker had 10 points and 14 rebounds.
No. 1 Erwin 57, No. 8 Southeast 41
Conor Honeycutt scored 18 points for the Eagles (13-2). Seth Wyrick scored 14, and Samuel Wyrick eight.
Southeast (0-15) led at halftime. LaMyron Greene scored nine points for the Patriots.
No. 2 West 53, No. 7 Knox 41
Alexis Archie scored 14 points for the Bulldogs, and Celexus Long and Tyler Poteat scored 13 each.
Isaiah Little had 17 points for the Trojans (2-13).
No. 3 Moores. 56, No. 6 China Grove 35
Zachary Wardlow led the Blue Imps (10-5) with 17 points. Jordan Vanderburg and Anthony Sherill added 12 points apiece.
The Red Devils (5-10) were paced by Lavon Hill and Jacob Raper with 11 points apiece.
Girls, first round
No. 1 Knox 38, West Rowan 10
Demario Robinson led the Trojans (14-1) with 13 points. Bryanna Caldwell scored 10, and Ashley Blaire eight.
West Rowan (1-14) was led by Ka’laiya Cannon with eight points.
No. 2 Corriher-Lipe 40, No. 7 Southeast 17
Avery Locklear led the Yellow Jackets (13-2) with 11 points. Caroline Hubbard scored eight.
Rachael Moore scored nine for the Patriots (1-14).
No. 3 Erwin 54, No. 6 Mooresville 40
Kelli Fisher led the Eagles (12-3) with 20 points and 26 rebounds. Shelby Benge and Chrishona Roberson added nine and eight points, respectively. Kaleigh Troutman, the Eagles’ season scoring leader, scored six points before leaving the game with a head injury.
Mooresville (5-10) was led by Amber Sherrillís 14 points.
No. 4 China Grove 30, No. 5 North 23
Alex Allen had 12 points, 11 rebounds and six steals to lead the Red Devils (8-7). Beth Ann Martin scored nine. Choyce Neal had nine boards.
North Rowan (6-9) was led by Fredejah Royer with 14 points, 10 rebounds and six steals. Aniyah Johnson had eight steals.
Mondayís semifinals at Southeast
Erwin boys vs. Corriher-Lipe, 4:30
Knox girls vs. China Grove, 6
Wednesday semifinals at Southeast
West boys vs. Mooresville, 4:30
Corriher-Lipe girls vs. Erwin, 6
Girls, 4:30; Boys 6