Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Davie-South, 3 p.m.
West-North, 6 p.m.
Salisbury vs. Carson, noon
South vs. Davie County, 3
North vs. West, 6
No. 1 East Rowan
Season record vs. Moir teams: 3-0
All-time record in Moir: 69-33
Coach: Danielle Porter (4th year, 40-42)
Top players: 6-foot-4 Richmond signee Karleigh Wike averages 13 points and 15.7 rebounds, while 6-3 junior Kelli Fisher leads East in scoring (15.0 ppg.). Wike and Fisher have teamed for 57 blocked shots. East needs senior shooter Lauren Thomas to get healthy, but sophomore Shenell Pharr (9.4) has boosted East’s quickness and defense.
Moir titles: 7 (19 championship games)
Last title: 2001 (Maggie Rich MVP)
Last title game appearance: Lost to Salisbury in 2008
No. 2 North Rowan
Season record vs. Moir teams: 1-0
All-time record in Moir: 33-55
Coach: Brian Lytton (2nd year, 17-12)
Top players: Virginia Tech signee Brielle Blaire has 1,648 points in the scorebook and was Moir MVP in 2011 when she led Salisbury to a title. She’s been a tremendous player in this event. She averaged 24.0 points in three games as a sophomore and 27.0 in three games as a junior. Senior guard Nycieko Dixon (15.0) is a 1,000-point scorer, and junior guard Demeria Robinson (9.8) is explosive.
North has won its four games by 32, 27, 42 and 27.
Moir titles: 3
Last title: 2002 (Sophilia Hipps MVP)
Last title game appearance: Lost to Salisbury in 2006
No. 3 South Rowan
Season record vs. Moir teams: 1-1
All-time record in Moir: 34-51
Coach: Jarrod Smith (5th year, 35-68)
Top players: Junior Avery Locklear (20.9) is a 1,000-point scorer but will be out several weeks with a broken hand. South scored a season-low 37 points in the only game it’s played without her. Cassidy Chipman (16.4) can shoot and rebound and has to carry the offensive load. Senior Lynsey Corriher (7.7) is dependable.
Moir titles: 4
Last title: 1991 (Tracy Connor MVP)
Last title game: Lost to East in 2001
No. 4 Salisbury
Season record vs. Moir teams: 2-2
All-time record in Moir: 41-45
Coach: Lakai Brice (1st year)
Top players: Monifa Angle has been the county’s biggest surprise. She had scored 42 varsity points prior to her senior season, but she’s averaging 16 points per game with three outings in the 20s. Freshman Tyzarea Alexander (7.1) is getting better every game and has helped the Hornets win three straight.
Moir titles: 10 (9 straight from 2003-2011)
Last title: 2011 (Brielle Blaire MVP)
Last title game: Runner-up to West in 2012
No. 5 Carson
Season record vs Moir teams: 2-4
All-time record in Moir: 5-12
Coach: Brooke Misenheimer (8th year, 81-111)
Top players: Versatile junior Alex Allen (16.4) can shoot, rebound and pass and has scored in double figures every game. Senior Kate Cole (12.1) has scored in double figures six times. Carson relies heavily on team defense. The Cougars are 3-0 when they hold teams under 50.
Moir titles: 0
Tittle game appearances: Runner-up to Salisbury in 2010 and 2011
No. 6 Davie
Season record vs. Moir teams: 2-0
All-time record in Moir vs. Rowan teams: 49-39
Coach: Dave Ruemenapp (1st year)
Top players: Sophomore Aubrianna Peebles (12.0) and freshman Ashlyn Hampton (11.0) are the leading scorers. Peebles had to sit out Davie’s game on Dec. 20 following a disqualification/ejection but may be able to play today. Ivey Carney (8.6) missed that same game with a concussion and likely is out today.
Moir titles: 6
Last title: 2000 (Brittany Walker MVP)
Last title game appearance: Lost to North in 2002
No. 7 West Rowan
Season record vs. Moir teams: 1-5
All-time record in Moir: 48-44
Coach: Ashley Poole (1st year)
Top players: Sophomore Khaila Hall (16.1) is a tremendous athlete and has improved her shot. 5-foot sophomore Taylor Martin (12.0) scraps and she can shoot the 3.
Moir titles: 4
Last title: West beat Salisbury 62-48 in 2012 to end a 16-year drought. Shay Steele (now at Morehead State) was MVP.