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Area Sports Briefs: Salisbury at Lexington; East entertains West

From staff  and wire reports

Tuesday’s prep basketball:

CCC boys

Salisbury is at Lexington Tuesday.

It’s a crucial game for the Hornets (14-6, 4-2), who are very much in the conference race if they win.

They’re virtually out of that race if they lose.

Lexington (15-4, 5-1)  won 77-66 at Salisbury and is coming off a huge win at North Rowan that lifted the Yellow Jackets into a tie for first place.

North Rowan (12-5, 5-1) is at West Davidson (10-9, 2-4). The Cavaliers won 54-40 in the first meeting.

Thomasville (6-10, 2-4) will try to finish a season sweep at East Davidson (2-17, 0-6).

SPC girls

West Rowan junior Khaila Hall enters Tuesday’s game at East Rowan with 981 career points.

Hall scored 60 for the Falcons  (8-12, 6-6) in her two games last week, including a career-high 34 in Friday’s win at Central Cabarrus.

West Rowan is tied for fourth with Central Cabarrus and Carson.

East Rowan (17-2, 11-2) enters Tuesday’s play with a six-game winning streak and is tied for first with South Rowan (14-5, 11-2). Hickory Ridge is 10-2 in the league.

East Rowan got 23 points from Kelli Fisher and  beat West Rowan 68-45 earlier this season. Hall scored 16 in that game.

South Rowan is at home against a dangerous Central Cabarrus team that was responsible for one of East Rowan’s losses.

South Rowan has won five in a row since a loss to East Rowan.

South Rowan won 52-45 in its first meeting with Central Cabarrus (9-10, 6-6).

Carson (9-11, 6-6) plays at Concord (5-15, 2-11).  Carson won the first meeting 45-39.

Hickory Ridge (15-4, 10-2) plays at Northwest Cabarrus (0-17, 0-12).

SPC boys

Coming off a narrow 47-44 win against Central Cabarrus, fourth-place West Rowan (12-8, 8-4)   goes to sixth-place East Rowan (8-11, 5-8).

West Rowan has beaten the Mustangs twice — 56-52 in Mount Ulla and 58-41   in the Christmas tournament championship game.

Fifth-place Carson (10-10, 7-5) is at third-place Concord (14-7, 9-4). Concord rolled 81-62 in the first meeting, but the Cougars have won five of their last six outings.

Central Cabarrus (5-14, 2-10) is at South Rowan (4-15, 3-10). Lavon Hill scored 22 when the Raiders beat the Vikings 61-58 in their first meeting.

Hickory Ridge (15-4, 10-2) is at Northwest Cabarrus (2-15, 1-11).

7th-grade hoops

Erwin’s boys won against Southeast to improve to 4-0.

Leading  the Eagles wereBrandon Jefferson, Grayson Vail, Ethan Mastro and AJ Jackson.

North Hills hoops

Elizabeth Jones scored 12 points to lead the North Hills elementary school girls to a 24-15 win against Lake Norman Charter.

Bethany Hogan scored six points, and Morgan Humble had five.

• The North Hills elementary school boys won 44-11 against Lake Norman Christian.

Aydan Patterson had 17 points,  Andrew Watson scored 10, and Stephen Johnson added eight.

Catawba women

Catawba forward Jada Huntley was named  South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.

A sophomore from Indian Trail,  Huntley averaged 25 points and shot  66 percent from the floor in two SAC victories.

Youth football

Rockwell’s Cade Couch, a defensive lineman who is a student at Mount Pleasant Middle School,  played for the United States 15U team last weekend in the  International Bowl played   at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The USA team lost to Team Canada 42-0.

NBA: Hawks lose

NEW ORLEANS — The Atlanta Hawks’ franchise-record 19-game winning streak was snapped Monday night in a 115-100 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Anthony Davis had 29 points and 13 rebounds to help New Orleans win for the sixth time in seven games, a stint which includes victories over several contending squads including Dallas and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Jeff Teague scored 21 for Atlanta, but the Hawks fell behind by double digits in the first quarter trailed the rest of the way, staying within single digits for only a few brief stints.

Eric Gordon scored 20 points for New Orleans, while Tyreke Evans scored 15 points and tied a season high with 12 assists for the fourth time in five games.

Paul Millsap had 15 points and Kyle Korver 12 for the Hawks, who made only seven of 22 3-point attempts.

Omer Asik grabbed 17 rebounds for New Orleans, which outrebounded Atlanta 52-32. Davis grabbed eight of his rebounds on the offensive end. Ryan Anderson added 15 points for the Pelicans, who shot 50 percent.

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