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Girls basketball: Moir capsules

Girls capsules

First-round games

South Rowan vs. North Rowan, 9

Davie vs. West Rowan, Noon

East Rowan vs. Salisbury, 3

Mooresville vs. Carson, 6


No. 1 East Rowan (8-1)

Season record vs. Moir teams: 4-0

All-time record in Moir: 70-34

Championships: 7  (last won in 2001)

Runner-up: 13 (most recent was 2013)

Coach: Danielle Porter (5th year, 61-49)

Top players: Senior post Kelli Fisher (18.2 ppg.) signed with UNC Asheville; junior guard Shenique Pharr (11.3 ppg.) has been one of the county’s most improved players

Outlook: East has size, speed, rebounds well and defends well. Good chance to be in the title game.


No. 2 Davie (7-2)

Season record vs. Moir teams: 1-0 (beat Carson)

All-time record  vs. Rowan in Moir: 51-40

Championships: 6  (last won in 2000)

Runner-up: 4 (most recent was 2002)

Coach:  Dave Ruemenapp (2nd year, 16-17)

Top players: Junior guard Madison Zaferatos averages 17.2 points and 4.6 assists and has made 21 3-pointers.  6-foot senior Asiah Peterson averages 8.8 rebounds.

Outlook: Davie has the most size  in the field, is riding a seven-game winning streak and has its best chance to win in many years.


No. 3 South Rowan (6-3)

Season record vs. Moir teams: 2-1 (lost by 30 to North Rowan)

All-time record  in Moir: 34-53

Championships: 4  (last won in 1991)

Runner-up: 5 (most recent was 2001)

Coach:  Jarrod Smith (6th year, 54-78)

Top players: Senior guard Avery Locklear (18.0 ppg.) signed with UNC Pembroke. Senior Cassidy Chipman (17.0 ppg.) is a long-distance shooter and a tough rebounder.

Outlook: South Rowan has lost six straight Moir games. The Raiders won’t go 0-3,  but their draw isn’t good.  They’d likely have to beat North Rowan, Davie and East Rowan to win the championship. That’s a tough road.


No. 4 Mooresville (5-3)

Season record vs. Moir teams: 1-0 (beat West Rowan)

Coach: Andy Sparks (3rd year)

Notable stat: All three losses were to 4A teams with winning records

Top players: Senior guard Amber Sherrill averages 13.3 points and 4.4 steals.  Senior forward Ashley Cullen averages 8.9 points and 9.8 rebounds.

Outlook: They’ve played a pretty tough schedule and will be a threat.

No. 5  Carson  (5-5)

Season record vs. Moir teams: 3-2

All-time record  in Moir: 6-13

Championships: 0

Runner-up: 2 (most recent was 2011)

Coach:  Brooke Misenheimer (9th year, 95-120)

Top players: Senior forward Alex Allen has played as well as anyone in Rowan County and averages 17.6 points and 11.5 rebounds. Freshman guard Olivia Gabriel will get some triple-doubles in her  career. She averages 14.0 points and 5.3 assists.

Outlook: Carson is scoring more this season — 55 points per game — because of Gabriel and a faster pace and won’t be an easy out.

No. 6  North Rowan  (3-3)

Season record vs. Moir teams: 1-0 (Beat South Rowan)

All-time record  in Moir: 36-55

Championships: 4 (defending champs)

Runner-up: 5 (most recent was 2006)

Coach:  Brian Lytton  (3rd year, 34-20, one Moir title)

Top players: Junior Special Washington (13.8 ppg.) is the leading scorer. Senior guard Demeria Robinson averages 10.4 points and 4.6 assists and pushes the ball well. Junior Aliyah Farmer (11.3 ppg.) and senior Ashley Blaire (9.6 ppg.) also were important parts of last year’s championship team.

Outlook:  Despite the No. 6 seed, North Rowan has  a decent chance to repeat. As a rule, high school teams don’t shoot well at Catawba where the background is different and the floor is longer. North Rowan is less reliant on outside shooting than most. A high percentage of its offense comes from layups off the press.


No. 7 West Rowan (4-6)

Season record vs. Moir teams: 1-3

All-time record in Moir: 49-46

Championships: 4 (last was in 2012)

Runner-up: 6 (most recent was 2009)

Coach: Ashley Poole (2nd year, 11-24)

Top players: Junior guard Khaila Hall (13.4  ppg.) is athletic and  junior guard Taylor Martin (11.7 ppg.) is pesky.

Outlook: First-round opponent Davie is tall and doesn’t look like the ideal matchup.


No. 8 Salisbury (2-8)

Season record vs. Moir teams: 0-5

All-time record in Moir: 42-47

Championships: 10 (last was in 2011)

Runner-up: 2 (most recent was 2012)

Coach: Lakai Brice (2nd year, 9-25)

Top player: Sophomore Tyzarea Alexander usually leads the Hornets in scoring.

Outlook: The Hornets are the youngest team in the bracket.









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