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Area Sports Briefs: Hornets lose to Knicks; Catawba women fall

From staff and wire reports
NEW YORK — The boos that thundered through Brooklyn in June have been replaced by a much sweeter sound at Madison Square Garden.
“Por-zing-is! Por-zing-is!”
Rookie Kristaps Porzingis scored a season-high 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the New York Knicks beat the Charlotte Hornets 102-94 on Tuesday night.
Less than a week after he just missed beating the Hornets when his 3-pointer was ruled after the buzzer, Porzingis couldn’t be denied by Charlotte defenders or the clock in the 20-year-old Latvian’s biggest moment in the NBA.
“It’s still a learning process for him but tonight was a big game, a big way to step up and take control of the game offensively, knock down shots, be aggressive out there, and I’m pretty sure it’ll be the first of many,” Knicks star Carmelo Anthony said.
Knicks fans weren’t ready to embrace Porzingis on draft night, when boos rained through Barclays Center after the slender, 7-foot-3 forward was taken with the No. 4 pick. But they sure are ready now — maybe even quicker than the confident Porzingis imagined.
Anthony added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks. Arron Afflalo scored 16.
Kemba Walker scored a season-high 31 points for the Hornets, but reigning Eastern Conference player of the week Nicolas Batum had only one basket and four points.

Women’s hoops
Turnovers plagued the Catawba’s women’s basketball team in a 72-56 loss to Johnson C. Smith on Tuesday night in non-conference action at Goodman Gymnasium.
Catawba led 8-0 early, but the Golden Bulls went on a 19-4 run.
Catawba made 25 turnovers and fell to 2-1. J.C. Smith is 3-0.
Asha Jordan scored a career-high 22 points for the Golden Bulls.
Bri Johnson scored 19 for Catawba. Terri Rogers had 10 points and six rebounds.
Catawba shot 36.6 percent from the field.

Local golf
Wayne Nichols made a hole-in-one on No. 5 at Corbin Hills with a 3-iron.
Witnessing the shot were Jerry Almond, Bob Hill and Jerry Phillips.

Parks and Recreation
Salisbury Parks and Recreation is still accepting registration for its 13-15 year old boys basketball. Player placement draft will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 9 a.m. at Hall Gym. Register online at www.salisburync.gov/play or call 704-638-5289 for more information.

Lady Flames
The Rowan Lady Flames Travel Basketball Club is looking for interested players for a team for grades 4-6. Contact coach Matt Randolph at (470) 313-4278 or RowanLadyFlames@yahoo.com. More information can be found at www.Ballcharts.com/RowanLadyFlames.

NCHSAA
Performers of the week are Elana Ingram of Roxboro Community School and Rashad Butler of Carver High School in Winston-Salem.
Butler rushed for 412 yards and led Carver to a come-from-behind victory over North Rowan in the opening round of the 2A football playoffs.

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