Area sports briefs: North girls lose
From staff reports
North Rowan’s girls fell Lake Norman Charter 46-33 Monday in the opening round of the state 1A playoffs.
Lake Norman jumped out to a 28-8 lead at halftime. North closed to within five points but drew no closer as its season ended with a 9-15 record.
Demaria Robinson scored 13 points for North in the losing effort. Teaunna Cuthbertson had 10.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well,” North coach Tony Hillian said. “I thought we had a pretty good season. One of our goals was to make the playoffs and we accomplished that.”
NORTH ROWAN (33) — Robinson 13, Cuthbertson 10, Carter 4, Lingle 2, Vann 2, Rincon, Sells, Bradley, Dickerson.
LAKE NORMAN CHARTER (46) — Mbamala 17, Busch 9, Bock 7, Buckstand 4, Gregory 3, Sharman 3, Huddy 2, King, McIntosh, Garrison
N. Rowan 4 4 11 14 — 33
Lake N. 11 12 7 11 — 46
• Davie got 32 points and five 3-pointers from Nate Jones in an 88-77 victory over Greensboro Smith in the first round of the 4A sectionals at home.
The War Eagles led 38-29 at halftime and upped the margin to 15 in the final minutes.
Davie (18-6) also got 20 points from Shannon Dillard and 19 from Cody Martin.
• Charlotte Harding defeated A.L. Brown’s boys 81-55. Tevin Stark and Derrick Copeland scored 12 points apiece.
• A.L. Brown’s girls fell 56-20 to Ledford.
Ledford acquired a 13-1 lead after one quarter and led 30-5 at halftime. Endia Cannon led the Wonders with seven points.
• South Davidson’s boys (21-4) used some late Taylor Hatfield free throws to deefat Bishop McGuinness 67-62.
Taylor Hatfield led Jim Young’s Wildcats with 22 points, while twin Austin scoreed 18. Wil Collins had 11 and David Whitaker 10.
• South Davidson’s girls (18-6) used 17 points from Madi Beeson to deefat South Stanly 49-31.
Hunter Sigmon scored 14.
Livingstone’s mens’ basketball earned a 74-65 win Monday at Fayetteville State.
It marked the third-straight CIAA win for the Blue Bears as they moved into a three-way tie for second place in the southern divison.
A 10-0 run gave the Blue Bears a 17-5 lead. They led 41-31 at halftime and 49-34 early in the second half.
Livingstone got 19 points from Greg Henry and 13 points and 11 rebounds from Nasir Austin. Omar Ford-Bey added 13 points. The Blue Bears shot 43.6 percent from the field and a 41.7 percent rate from behind the arc.
Livingtone will take on Johnson C. Smith Saturday in Charlotte. With a win, the Blue Bears can finish no lower than third in their divison.
• Livingstone’s women dropped a 78-71 decision at Fayetteville State.
Montiya Harrison got a season-high 19 points for Livingstone, who overcame a 19-point deficit, but couldn’t complete the comeback. Jasmine Murray added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
North Hills hoops
The North Hills varsity boys will host Grace Christian tonight at 7 in the first round of the NCISA State Tournament.
North Hills enters postseason play 17-8 in the SPAA. Grace Christian carries a 22-5 record. The winner will face the winner of the Flora Macdonald/Ridgecroft game.
NH’s middle school boys’ team plays at home against Statesville Montessori at 5 p.m.