Area Athletes Update: Avery goes for record Saturday

Published 1:12 am Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Area athletes update …

Radford senior Ayana Avery (West Rowan) tied the school record of 203  career 3-point field goals on Saturday.

Avery connected on four 3-pointers and scored 20 points in Saturday’s 72-63 loss to Liberty.

Avery will try to break the record this Saturday at home against Coastal Carolina.

Avery set Radford’s single-season record as a junior with 95 3-pointers.

• Shay Steele is off to a great start in her sophomore season at Morehead State.

Steele (West Rowan) had 17 points, eight rebounds and a career-high five blocks in Sunday’s 74-72 win against Georgia State. After nine games, Steele is averaging 14.8 points and 5.3 rebounds and has 24 blocks.

• Olivia Rankin (Salisbury) scored eight  points and Ayanna Holmes (Salisbury) had five points and five assists for Charlotte in a 75-43 romp against Charleston Southern on Sunday.

• Jessica Heilig (Salisbury) is having a big  senior season for Gardner-Webb. Heilig had 18 points and eight rebounds in a 76-60 loss to UNC Greensboro on Friday. She’s averaging a team-high 13.2 points and is pulling down 6.6 rebounds per game.

• Amy Steller (Davie) helped Guilford beat Greensboro College 68-54 with 12 points, including 2-for-2 on 3-pointers. Steller is playing despite tearing an ACL and meniscus right before the season started. She’s  playing about 15 minutes per game and will have surgery after the season.

•  Fayetteville State’s Doreen Richardson (Salisbury) had six points and five assists in a 71-67 loss to Claflin on Saturday. Richardson has averaged a team-best 13.7 points in her first six games and also leads the Broncos in assists.

•  Bubbles Phifer (Salisbury) leads Johnson C. Smith in making 3-pointers. Eleven of her 15 field goals have been 3s.


Men’s basketball

SAC Player of the Week Darius Moose’s 32 points in Brevard’s 59-56 upset of Lenoir-Rhyne on Sunday were one short of his career high.

Moose (Carson) had a sensational game, shooting 11-for-18 from the floor and 6-for-6 from the foul line and making four 3-pointers.

Moose is shooting 52 percent  this season and is leading the SAC with 22.3 points per game.

• Mars Hill’s Isaiah Cuthbertson (West Rowan) leads the league in rebounding with 10.1 per game.Cuthbertson averages a double-double. He’s scoring 11.8 points per game and shooting 56 percent from the field.

•  Keshun Sherrill (West Rowan) is averaging 17.9 points and 5.0 assists for GRU Augusta.  Sherrill scored 25 points against Paine last week.

Sherrill has committed only 11 turnovers in eight games.

• Alex Weant (Salisbury) scored four points to help Roanoke edge Eastern Mennonite 81-80 on Saturday.


College football

Cornerback Mark McDaniel (South Rowan) was one of three Catawba Indians named to the Beyond College Sports all-region team.


College track

Western Carolina senior Alisha Bradshaw (Salisbury) finished second in the weight throw (55 feet, 8 1/4 inches) and shot put (47-3 3/4) in the Appalachian Open. Western Carolina won the men’s and women’s titles in the season-opening meet.

• East Carolina’s Amber Holloway (West Rowan) was ninth in 9.34 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles in the Christopher Newport Holiday Open.

• Garland Archie (North Rowan) finished ninth in the shot put in Livingstone’s first meet of the season.



In Houston’s 27-13 win against Jacksonville on Sunday, Chris Smith (West Rowan) made a tackle for the Jaguars and Jumal Rolle (Catawba) made one for the Texans. Rolle has 15 tackles and three interceptions in six games.

• L.J. McCray (Catawba) was credited with two tackles for San Francisco in Sunday’s loss to Oakland.