Area sports briefs: Catawba gets first SAC victory
From staff reports
So that’s what winning looks like in 2012.
Catawba’s men’s basketball team snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 64-56 win at Brevard Wednesday.
The Indians (4-9, 1-4) grabbed their first SAC victory of the season and their first win since Nov. 22.
Four placed in double figures for Catawba, including freshman Willie Gilmore, who led the team with 13 points. Tyrece Little and Justin Huntley each added 12 points while Cameron Lovelace chipped in 10. Little added nine rebounds and six blocks.
The Indians went up for keeps on a Gilmore bucket with 9:57 left. Two straight baskets from Little made it 55-49.
Catawba shot 48 percent and held a 38-34 edge on the boards. The Indians led 35-31 at halftime with an 8-0 run at the end of the first half.
Carson product Darius Moose scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Brevard. Jermichael Tanner led the Tornados with 15 points.
• The Catawba women won their seventh in a row Wednesday night in a 62-54 win at Brevard.
Nisha Long scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Indians (9-4, 3-1). Chloe Bully added 16 points and drained four 3s.
Elizabeth Merritt sunk a layup with 2:10 left that put Catawba up 60-52 to clinch the win. Brevard missed three of its last four shots from the field to thwart the comeback effort.
Blue Bears on long road trip
Livingstone’s basketball teams open an NBA-ish road trip tonight at Virginia State.
The Blue Bears’ CIAA road junket will continue with dates at Virginia Union (Saturday) and Bowie State (Md.) on Monday.
Livingstone’s men (3-5) can use a victory. They’ve lost five straight since winning at Limestone on Nov. 19, and they’re off to an 0-2 start in the CIAA.
Livingstone won’t play at New Trent Gym again until Jan. 19 when it entertains Chowan.
Queens defeated the Pfeiffer men 80-65 Wednesday.
Pfeiffer (8-6, 2-2) got 24 points from Reggie Hollinger on 8 of 17 shooting.
• The Pfeiffer women defeated Queens 69-58.
The Davie boys’ 59-38 victory over North Iredell on Wednesday night may have seemed easy, but it wasn’t, according to War Eagle coach Mike Absher.
His team was coming off its first Central Piedmont Conference loss the night before to Mount Tabor.
“It was a tough game to play,” Absher said. “The Tabor game was such an emotional game. But I was proud of the guys. Defensively, we played better and we shot better.”
Especially Nate Jones, who scored 17 points and went over the 1,000-point mark for his career. He sits at 1,003.
Davie (12-3) got 12 points from Cody Martin while Shannon Dillard scored 11.
North Iredell (5-10) had just 19 points after three quarters.
Rockwell’s varsity boys basketball team clinched the Carolinas Christian Conference regular season title with a 47-32 win at home over Asheboro’s Fayetteville Street.
Alex Straight had 18 points for the Chargers (6-0), while Andrew Straight had 10.
Rockwell’s varsity girls lost to Fayetteville Street 67-37.
Karmin Cranford paced Rockwell with 20 points, while Roni Boss added nine.
Rockwell’s jayvee boys fell to Fayetteville Street 32-21. Titus Cruse led the Chargers with nine points.
Sacred Heart hoops
Sacred Heart’s varsity basketball teams swept a CCISAA Western Division doubleheader from Salisbury Academy on Tuesday.
Sacred Heart’s girls won 19-9.
Sacred Heart won the boys game (score not available) on Max Fisher’s driving layup with eight seconds left.
Joseph Harrison and Reilly Gokey scored 16 points each for the Dolphins. Walker Latimer and Arun Kelly-Rajan had six rebounds each. Will Casmus, Justin Boyd and Spencer Storey provided key defensive plays.
Marcus Corry scored 12 for the Jaguars, including eight in the fourth quarter.
Harrison Smith scored 11 points, while Jacob Crosby had seven.
The Dolphins play at Statesville Christian Friday.
The DCCC men’s hoopsters got 36 points and 14 rebounds from Deon Boyce in a 111-95 triumph against Wytheville CC Wednesday.
Jarvis Braboy put in 23 points for the Storm, who shot 54 percent for the game.
Appalachian State’s Anna Freeman, the former East Davidson star, was named Southern Conference Player of the Month for December.
Freeman scored her 1,000th point on Dec. 31 and helped the Mountaineers go 5-1 for the month with 18.7 points per game.
West Rowan’s girls defeated North Rowan 43-31 Wednesday. Sierra Charles scored 18 points and Hunter Gibbons added 13.
Mary Noble had 12 rebounds.