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First loss for Davie boys

Davie County’s boys basketball team lost 74-73 at Olympic on Saturday in a matchup of unbeaten teams.

Davie trailed 49-44 at halftime in front of a packed house. Some fans had to be turned away.

“Cody Martin got three fouls in the first quarter and sat 10 minutes, so we felt like we were in good shape to be down just five at halftime,” Davie coach Mike Absher said.

Davie (8-1) was down seven points with three minutes left but cut the deficit to one point on 3-pointers by Austin Hatfield (16 points) and Caleb Martin.

Olympic (6-0) turned the ball over with six seconds left, giving Davie a chance to set up a winning shot, but the War Eagles were unable to get a shot off.

“We had a play called, but things just didn’t work out,” Absher said. “The game ended with a scramble on the floor for a loose ball.”

Caleb Martin led the War Eagles with 23 points. Cody Martin scored 14. The Martins are junior twins committed to N.C. State.

Leading Olympic were 6-foot-5 senior Deriece Parks, who scored 23 points, and junior point guard C.J. Jackson who scored 20.

Davie plays at Lexington on Tuesday and already has locked up the No. 1 seed for the Christmas tournament.

DAVIE (73) — Ca. Martin 23, A. Hatfield 16, Co. Martin 14, Tatum 8, T. Hatfield 7, Sell 5, Carney.

OLYMPIC (74) — Parks 23, Jackson 20, Mitchell 13, Gladden 13, Patton 3, Simmons 2.

Davie 22 22 13 16 — 73
Olympic 27 22 16 9 — 74

Catawba men’s hoops
Catawba made a late run but lost 88-81 at Belmont Abbey on Saturday.

Catawba trailed by 21 late in the first half and was down 15 at halftime.

Belmont Abbey led 66-44 with 13:24 remaining, but Catawba got as close at 79-76 with 37 seconds remaining.

Freshman Elon Edwards was hot again for the Indians, scoring 25 of his 32 points in the second half. He shot 13-for-20 from the field and made six 3-pointers.

Reggie Perkins made five 3s and scored 17. Tyrece Little scored 16.

Tyshawn Good led the Crusaders (7-2) with 26 points. Terrone Sheffey had 18.

Catawba (3-5) is home against Limestone on Wednesday.

CATAWBA (81) — Edwards 32, Perkins 17, Little 16, Sampah 7, Houston 4, Watson 3, Marijosius 2.

BELMONT ABBEY (88) — Good 26, Sheffey 18, Durham 16, Davis 16, Kuhlman 6, Council 4, Sowell 2, Conrad, Mason.

Catawba 35 46 — 81
Bel. Abbey 50 38 — 88

College men’s hoops
Kaleb Kimber (West Rowan) scored three points for Rio Grande in a 74-46 loss to Embry-Riddle.

Catawba women’s hoops
Queens scored the final eight points and beat Catawba 66-58 on Saturday in Charlotte’s Grady Cole Center.

Catawba faced a 17-point halftime deficit, but had a 21-4 run in the second half.

Antoinette McPhail’s 3-pointer got Catawba even at 58-all with 1:46 remaining, but buckets by Lacey Singletary and Shonice Pettaway propelled the Royals to victory.

Shanel Sweet scored 19 for Queens (4-2).

Elizabeth Merritt and Chloe Bully scored 16 each for the Indians (4-5). Bully had six steals and five assists. McPhail had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Taylor May (South Rowan) shot 4-for-6 from the field and scored nine points.

CATAWBA (58) — Merritt 16, Bully 16, McPhail 10, May 9, Dixon 4, Coleman 3, Clay, Whitby, Ucinski.

QUEENS (66) — Sweet 19, Hardy 14, Pettaway 11, Myatt 7, Singletary 5, Battle 4, Thomas 4, Squire 2 .

Catawba 21 37 — 58
Queens 38 28 — 66

College wrestling
Mark Almeida (East Rowan) registered a pin for Belmont Abbey in a 54-0 win against East Tennessee State.

College women’s hoops
Jessica Heilig (Salisbury) had eight points and six rebounds for Gardner-Webb in a 59-56 loss to Davidson.

• Ayana Avery (West Rowan) scored seven points for Radford in a 73-50 win against Norfolk State.

Ashia Holmes (Salisbury) had three rebounds for the Highlanders.

•Shi-Heria Shipp (Salisbury) scored nine points for George Washington in Saturday’s 61-60 win against Radford.

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