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Area sports briefs: Moore sinks 25 free throws in win

From staff reports
The Catawba men’s basketball team beat Queens 80-77 on Tuesday behind a tremendous performance by Keon Moore.
Moore scored a career-best 41 points, mostly by going 25-for-26 from the foul line. Moore broke the school record for made free throws in a game, topping the longstanding mark of 24 set by Dwight Durante against Western Carolina in 1966.
The sophomore also shot 7-for-12 from the field, including two 3-pointers.
Freshman Tyrece Little had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Indians (3-2).
Catawba led by nine points with 26 seconds left. The Royals sliced that lead to a single point, but Catawba held on with Moore, Little and Justin Huntley combining for a clutch 6-for-6 at the line down the stretch.
Brandon Nichols and Daniel Bailey scored 17 points each for the 25th-ranked Royals (3-2).
QUEENS (77) — Bailey 17, Nichols 17, Eads 12, Evans 12, Blackburn 9, Twitty 5, Stabler 3, Newlin 2, Cheek, Johnson, Ervin, Mason.
CATAWBA (80) — Moore 41, Little 15, Gilmore 8, Lovelace 6, Knight 4, Huntley 3, Tyree 2, Drakeford 1, Martin, Thomson, Strickland, Smogner.
Queens 31 46 — 77
Catawba 39 41 — 80
Men’s hoops
Kaleb Kimber (West Rowan) averaged 3.4 points per game in Rio Grande’s first six contests.
Jamel Carpenter (West) scored 13 points in Fayetteville State’s 98-83 loss to Barton on Tuesday.
Women’s hoops
Catawba’s women’s basketball team overcame a 17-point deficit and defeated Livingstone 91-77 at New Trent Gym on Tuesday.
Livingstone shot 60.7 percent in the first half to build a double-digit lead.
Trailing 61-56 in the second half, the Indians (2-1) went on a 10-0 run to go in front.
Dana Hicks had 22 points and 16 rebounds for the Indians, who scored 59 points after halftime. Nisha Long scored 24 points. Lauren Lewis hit three 3s and scored 13.
Kelcyn Manurs led the Blue Bears (1-5) with 19 points. Jasmine Murray scored 12, and Montiya Harrison had 10.
CATAWBA (91) —Long 24, Hicks 22, Lewis 13, Sullivan 8, Connor 6, Merritt 5, Coleman 4, Mull 4, May 3, Bully 2, Morrison.
LIVINGSTONE (77) — Manurs 19, Murray 12, Harrison 10, York 9, Gilliam-Washington 8, Evans 7, Elbourne 7, Hardin 5, Chatman, Martin, Lepzem.
Catawba 32 59 — 91
Livingstone 43 34 — 77
Pfeiffer hoops
Brittany Cox scored 20 points to lead Pfeiffer’s women’s basketball team to a 75-68 win at Mars Hill on Tuesday. Jodie Lemons had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Falcons.
Local golf
Salisbury’s Steve Safrit shot one stroke better than his age on Tuesday at McCanless.
Safrit has been playing golf for 30 years and is 72. He shot 71, 1 over par. He was playing the gold tees, measuring 5,250 yards.
It was the first time Safrit had shot his age. Jim Sarita witnessed the feat.
Prep football
Tickets for the West Rowan-Burns 3A playoff game on Friday will be $8 at the gate.
There is no pre-sale.
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour will visit Northwest Cabarrus on Monday, November 28, to select punter Bradley Pinion to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Northwest will honor Pinion with a jersey presentation during halftime of the basketball game between Northwest and South Rowan in the main gym.
Prep basketball
Davie County’s touted boys basketball team opened Tuesday’s game with a 16-0 blitz against Alexander Central and cruised to 73-53 victory.
Davie was in control 42-21 at halftime.
“My expectations are high, like everybody’s are,” Davie coach Mike Absher said. “But we played so good early that it sort of shocked me.”
Nate Jones poured in 24 points for the War Eagles, while Shannon Dillard had 20.
The highly recruited sophomore Martin twins, Caleb and Cody, combined for another 20.
Davis Absher was the fifth starter for the War Eagles. The point guard racked up six assists.
East Rowan lost 76-45 at Concord’s Rimer Gym on Tuesday.
“We hung in the game for about four minutes or so, but then we missed some layups and they turned it up a notch,” East coach Trey Ledbetter said. “They’re very solid and they shot the ball as well as any Concord team I’ve ever seen. We took a strong dose of medicine, but we’ll learn from it and move on.”
Jordan Shepherd and Hakeem Gittens led the Mustangs (0-2) with eight points each.
Darren Black scored 23 points to lead the Spiders. Kendall Knorr, a recent Navy commitment, added 16.
East’s girls played well until the final minutes in a loss to Concord, but no specific information was available on that game.
BOYS
EAST (45) — Shepherd 8, Gittens 8, B. Nelson 6, Gobble 4, Edwards 4, Means 4, Honeycutt 3, Rogers 3, L’Hommedieu 3, Hough 2, Holmes, Bradshaw, D. Nelson.
CONCORD (76) — Black 23, Knorr 16, Burchfield 10, Aube 9, Beecher 7, Rollins 5, Pruitt 4, Lee 2.
East 11 9 12 13 — 45
Concord 20 20 25 11 — 76
Jayvee hoops
East Rowan’s jayvee girls beat Concord 36-16 on Tuesday.
Kaleigh Troutman shot 7-for-7 on free throws and scored 11 points. Amani Ajayi had nine points, and Shelby Benge added six.
Kendall Simpson scored seven for the Spiders.
East Rowan’s jayvee boys lost to Concord 49-48.
Seth Wyrick (11 points) and Samuel Wyrick (nine) led the scoring for the Mustangs.
Jack Weisensel, Austin Hill and Dock Corpening scored six apiece.
Ben Twigger scored 20 to lead the Spiders.
Prep swimming
South Rowan’s boys and East Rowan’s girls won a tri-meet at the South Y on Monday that also included Carson.
South’s boys scored 128 points. Carson and East had 82 apiece.
Individual winners were East’s Danny Martin (50 free, 25.72); East’s Luke Evans (100 fly, 1:02.04 and 100 back, 1:00.28); South’s Patrick King (200 free, 2:12.10 and 500 free, 5:59.33); South’s Caleb Helms (100 free, 55.14 and 100 breast, 1:14.01), and South’s Luke Rary (200 IM, 2:34.18).
Carson won the 200 medley relay with Greg Tonnesen, Henry Brown, John Patella and Daxton Griffin swimming a time of 2:01.09.
The Cougars won the 200 free relay with same foursome swimming 1:46.09.
South won the 400 free relay with Rary, King, Helms and Jeremiah Bradshaw swimming 3:55.36.
East’s girls totaled 123 points to nip South, which had 121. Carson scored 49.
Individual winners included East’s Sarah Agner (200 free, 2:22.17 and 500 free, 6:04.61); East’s Meagan Barbetto (50 free, 27.58); East’s Hailey Bartelson (100 free, 1:03.34); South’s Kaylin Little (200 IM, 2:58.39 and 100 breast, 1:27.76), and South’s Nicole Mauldin (100 fly, 1:12.42 and 100 back, 1:10.08)
East’s Madison Hall, Agner, Barbetto and Bartelson won the 200 medley relay in 2:13.41.
Hall, Bartelson, Barbetto and Anna Leigh Shuping won the 200 free relay in 1:55.46.
Bartelson, Agner, Hall and Barbetto also won the 400 free relay in 4:26.42.
College football
Appalachian State’s playoff game against Maine on Dec. 3 has been set for a 2 p.m. kickoff.
Should the ninth-ranked Mountaineers (8-3) get by No. 13 Maine (8-3), in the second round they would face No. 3 Georgia Southern (9-2), No. 10 Old Dominion (9-2) or No. 19 Norfolk State (9-2) in the national quarterfinals on Friday, Dec. 9 or Saturday, Dec. 10.
YMCA programs
The J. F. Hurley YMCA, is now taking registrations for Mighty Kickers indoor soccer.
The program is open to boys and girls ages 3-4 and is a great introduction to the sport and teamwork.
Register through Dec. 26.
The coed indoor soccer program is open to boys and girls ages 7-14 in grades K-8.
The program teaches fundamentals and skills as well as YMCA values.
Register through Dec. 26.
Contact sports director Phillip Hilliard at (704) 636-0111.

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