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Area Sports Briefs: Carson girls win; 2 close losses for East basketball

From staff reports
Carson’s girls enjoyed a big second half and won at Robinson, 67-49, on Friday in South Piedmont Conference action.
Carson led at halftime, 29-26. Robinson (1-2, 0-2 SPC) made four 3-pointers in the first half to stay close.
“We didn’t do a great job of communicating in the first half,” Carson coach Brooke Misenheimer said. “The difference was switching to man-to-man defense in the second half and everyone talking. They missed shots and we secured the rebounds. Then we got out and ran, and that’s the way we want to play.”
Carson outscored Robinson, 23-6, in the third quarter.
Olivia Gabriel scored 20 points to lead the Cougars (3-1, 2-1 SPC). Gabriel, a junior, surpassed 800 career points in the contest.
Sophomore McKenzie Gadson had 18 points and 15 rebounds.
Destiny Jackson contributed eight points, Sydney Taylor had six, and Taylor Wiggins and Shaleah Jolly added five each.

CARSON (67)
Gabriel 20, Gadson 18, Jackson 8, Taylor 6, Wiggins 5, Jolly 5, Cooper 2, Ketchie 2, Turney 1, Furr, Street, Fesperman, Shumaker.
ROBINSON (49)
Jay. Glass 14, Jae. Glass 10, McMillan 9, Koerner 6, Jordan 4, Oszakiowski 3, Boulware 3.

Carson 13 16 23 15 — 67
Robinson 12 14 6 17 — 49

East girls lose by 6
East Rowan’s girls made progress in a 50-44 South Piedmont Conference loss at Concord on Friday.
“The first quarter killed us, but after that we competed,” East coach Kevin Holland said. “We shot the ball better and our effort was better.”
Adalie Harrison, a freshman guard, scored 16 for the Mustangs (1-3, 0-3 SPC). Courtney Wagner had a career high 15.
“We got Courtney the ball inside and she had 13 points in the second half,” Holland said.
Harrison scored eight of her points in the fourth quarter, mostly on mid-range shots.
“We still need to get tougher, but we played a pretty good second half,” Holland said. “We might have pulled it out, but Concord made some timely 3-pointers.”
Makayla Davis led the Spiders with 17 points. She made four 3-pointers.

EAST (44)
A. Harrison 16, Wagner 15, H. Harrrison 8, Shafer 3, McCall 2.
CONCORD (50)
Davis 17, Graveling 7, M. Stevenson 7, D. Stevenson 7, Privette 6, Smith 5, Oglesby 2.

E. Rowan 2 11 15 16 — 44
Concord 13 9 12 16 — 50

East boys battle
A young East Rowan boys basketball team started a freshman and two sophomores and had a chance to win at Concord.
Concord trailed by four at halftime in Friday’s SPC game but came back and beat the Mustangs, 58-49.
“We out-rebounded them by a lot and we out-hustled them,” East coach Kurt Misenheimer said. “We’re not interested in moral victories, but the way we played was a big step in the right direction for us.”
Gabe Hinceman scored 14 to lead East. Elton Hooper had 11 points and eight rebounds. Paiton File had eight points and eight boards. Lucas Morton scored eight points. Big freshman Brandon Jefferson had 10 rebounds.
Andrew Metcalf, a transfer from Hickory Ridge, led Concord with 17 points. Hamsah Nasirildeen scored 13.
“It was a one-possession game most of the fourth quarter,” Misenheimer said. “We had to foul at the end and they made their free throws.”

EAST (49)
Hinceman 14, Hooper 11, File 8, Morton 8, Jefferson 4, Sprinkle 2, Scruggs 2.
CONCORD (58)
Metcalf 17, Nasirildeen 13, O’Neal 8, Threadgill 6, Lippard 6, Rotan 4, Irby 4.

E. Rowan 2 11 15 16 — 44
Concord 13 9 12 16 — 50

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