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area sports briefs: Mustangs fall to Hickory Ridge

From staff reports
Hickory Ridge gradually pulled away from East Rowanís girls basketball team on Tuesday night and won 66-41 against the Mustangs.
East coach Danielle Porter said East (0-3) played poor defense and relied too heavily on 6-foot-3 sophomore center Karleigh Wike.
Wike did all she could, scoring 14 points, grabbing 17 rebounds and blocking six shots, but she was the only player in double figures.
Hurting East as much as the poor defense was free-throw shooting. The Mustangs were just 12-for-25 at the stripe.
n East Rowanís boys had their best effort of the young season but fell 54-43 to Hickory Ridge in Harrisburg on Tuesday.
ěIt was anybodyís game with about four minutes to go,î East coach Trey Ledbetter said. ěWe defended well and dictated pace down to those last four minutes.î
Jordan Shepherd led the Mustangs (0-3) with 18 points. Hakeem Gittens added 12.
ěJordan shot well and Hakeem rebounded like crazy, but they had a real studly guy (Seth Still) in the postî Ledbetter said.
GIRLS
EAST ROWAN (41) ó Wike 14, Fisher 8, Fry 5, Thomas 5, Rummage 3, Brown 2, Sides 2, Poole 1, Lowe 1, Gullett, Gobble.
HICKORY RIDGE (66) ó Strode 22, Evans 12, Cachine 10, Davis 6, Miller 4, Copeland 3, Little 3, Johnson 2, Smothers 2, Wallace 2.
E. Rowan 13 10 9 9 ó 41
Hick. Ridge 17 18 14 17 ó 66
BOYS
EAST ROWAN (43) ó Shepherd 18, Gittens 12, Means 9, LíHommedieu 2, Edwards 2, Gobble, B. Nelson, Rogers, Holmes, Hough, Honeycutt.
HICKORY RIDGE (54) ó Still 20, Lipscomb 14, Parks 8, Eury 4, Rowe 3, Freeman 2, Woody 2, Hough 1, Cook, Porch.
E. Rowan 9 15 11 8 ó 43
Hick. Ridge 15 8 12 19 ó 54
n Davie rolls
Davie Countyís strong boys basketball team broke open a close game with a devastating 29-2 run and sprinted past North Iredell 89-46 Tuesday night in Olin.
Nate Jones poured in 10 of his 30 points in the surge.
Caleb Martin, who had seven in the run, finished with 17 points while twin brother Cody had 16 for the War Eagles (2-0).
Davie plays host to Greensboro Smith on Friday.
n 8th-grade girls basketball
Knox 19, Mooresville 18
Aliyah Farmer scored 11 points to lead Knoxís girls to a win against Mooresville.
Knox (1-2) won with a great team defensive effort.
Erwin 32, Corriher-Lipe 12
Erwin (3-0) was led by Jocelyn Loweís 10 points. Shenique Pharr had eight points and six steals. Shenell Pharr and Kristina Everhart scored six and four points, respectively.
Caitlin Chabala and Malaysia Williams scored points each for Corriher-Lipe (2-1).
n 8th-grade boys basketball
West 48, North 37
Coming off a long Thanksgiving break and not having Devon Morrison in the lineup the Bulldogs (3-0) won a hard- fought battle against the Mavericks (1-2).
Dearius Phillips dominated with 18 points and nine rebounds. Kreshon Alexander scored 15 points. Jalyn Cagle had seven points and seven steals. Joshua Lindsey had nine rebounds. Jeremy Fortson had four big points down the stretch for the Bulldogs.
Naquis Caldwell led the Mavericks with 12 points.
West plays at undefeated Knox on Thursday.
Corriher-Lipe 40, Erwin 25
Corriher-Lipeís boys (1-2) won behind the scoring of Brandon Egnor (14) and Christian Holbrook (13). Heath Barringer added five points.
Erwin (2-1) was led by Austin Love with 12 points. Logan Shuping added six.Southeast 52, China Grove 45
Austin Russ led the Patriots (1-2) with 20 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks. Bryson Collins chipped in 17 points, and Sandon McCoy added eight. Alex Yang contributed five points and five steals and John Yang had eight assists.
China Grove (1-2) was led by Michael Morrison with 15 points and Ryan Bearden with eight.
Knox 61, Mooresville 29
Jalen Sanders had 14 points for the Trojans (3-0). Donnell Alexander had 11 points, and Corban Usry scored 10. Will Steinman and Matt Woolly added six each.
n Middle school wrestling
Erwinís wrestling team defeated Corriher-Lipe 57-30. See Scoreboard.
n College basketball
Catawbaís Keon Moore was named SAC Player of the Week for his 41-point effort against Queens that included 25-for-26 foul shooting, a school and SAC record. Moore leads the SAC with 28.2 points per game.
n Prep football
Northwest Cabarrus kicker Bradley Pinion was honored between games of Mondayís basketball doubleheader at NWC.
Pinion will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 7. The game will be televised at 1 p.m. on NBC.
n Senior High
J.F. Hurley YMCA still is looking for teams for its Senior High Church League basketball.
Any church team interested can call Kenno Shoaf at the YMCA at 704-636-0111. The season begins on Thursday, Dec. 15.
n Baseball camp
East Rowan is hosting a six week baseball camp starting Jan. 8.
East coach Brian Hightower will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy. Classes are available for players in grades 1-12.
Space is limited. Registration is under way. Visit www.USBaseballAcademy.com, or call toll-free 866-622-4487.

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