• 52°

Gabriel’s big second half propels Cougars past Davie County

By Mike London
mike.london@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — The good news for Davie County’s girls was drilling eight 3-pointers in Wednesday’s first-round game in the Dale’s  Sporting Goods Sam Moir Christmas Classic.

The bad news was only making six 2-point buckets in a 50-38 loss to Carson. Davie used the 3-point line to make it a competitive game, slicing a 19-point deficit to just eight with a flurry  of makes from long range late in the third quarter.

Carson junior guard Olivia Gabriel transformed  an awful game into a heroic outing after halftime. Scoreless and foul-plagued in the first half, she poured in  18 points after the break.

“She’s just really strong with the ball,” Davie coach Kevin Revels said.  “A lot stronger than the kids we had guarding her.”

Emma  Slabach and Sha’Veh Martinez made 3-pointers in the first quarter as seventh-seeded Davie (1-8) took a surprising 10-8 lead against the second-seeded Cougars (10-2).

But in the second quarter, Carson enjoyed an 11-0 run fueled by McKenzie Gadson and Anne Marie Turney. Those two dominated with points in the paint. The Cougars blasted Davie in the quarter, 15-3, and seized a 23-13 halftime lead.

“We were solid for a quarter,” Carson coach Brooke Misenheimer said. “Our zone defense was pretty good, and we held them to three points.”

Then Gabriel came out hot in the second half and swished two 3-pointers as the Cougars’ lead swelled.

“In the first half, my layups went in and out, I couldn’t find any rhythm and I never could get in the flow,” Gabriel said.

Things flowed so well for Gabriel in the third quarter that Carson surged ahead, 34-15, and appeared on its way to a blowout. But in the latter stages of that quarter, Carson made careless mistakes and Davie finally got some long ones to fall.

“We couldn’t get anything to go in, in the first half, but I told the girls if they kept running our offense, eventually shots were going to drop for us,” Revels said. “They stayed with it, they executed, and the shots did begin to fall.”

Freshman Rylea Carter drained two long ones, and Maddie Bohannon made one. Davie also was getting some nice work inside from 5-foot-9 sophomore Morgan Lewis, the closest thing the War Eagles have to a post player. Davie closed the third quarter with an 11-0 spree and trailed 34-26.

“They weren’t driving at all, they were just shooting 3s,” Gabriel said. “But we weren’t doing a very good job of getting out on their shooters.”

Carson’s coaches were getting antsy but when Gadson, who finished with 14 points, got a rebound bucket and Gabriel found Destiny Jackson  for a layup, the Cougars were back in control.

“Hopefully, we learned we can’t take anything for granted,” Misenheimer said. “We had a big lead, but we lost some focus, and nothing in this tournament is ever a given.”

Gabriel did a nice job handling the Cougars’ delay game. She made six free throws and two driving buckets in the final quarter.

While Davie outscored Carson, 24-6 from the 3-point line, Carson had a 16-2 advantage at the foul line.

Carson stopped a four-game losing skid against Davie.

Carson advanced to play West Rowan in a semifinal today at 3 p.m. Davie faces 9  a.m. consolation action against East Rowan.

DAVIE (38) — Carter 11, Lewis 10, Martinez 8, Slabach 6, Bohannon 3, Crenshaw.

CARSON (50) — Gabriel 18, Gadson 14, Turney 6,  Ketchie 4, Jackson 2, Furr 2, Fesperman 2, Street 2, Shumaker, Cooper, Wiggins, Taylor, Jolly.

Davie      10  3   13  12 — 38
Carson   8   15  11   16 — 50

 

Comments

News

Catawba College hosts three in-person commencement ceremonies

Local

With high case loads causing numerous staff departures, Child Protective Services seeks more positions

Education

Livingstone College graduates celebrate ‘crossing the finish line’ during commencement celebration

Coronavirus

Rowan sees 4 new COVID-19 deaths as mask mandate lifted, vaccines administered continue decline

Local

Spencer is latest town updating its development ordinance

Local

Salisbury native Kristy Woodson Harvey makes NY Times bestseller list

Local

Board of Commissioners will convene for third time in May

Business

Biz Roundup: Salisbury, Kannapolis among recipients of Region of Excellence Awards

Local

Cheerleading team competes at Disney

Education

Salisbury High to celebrate football, swimming champions with parade

High School

High school girls soccer: Isley, Webb lead all-county team

Local

Spencer awarded $10,000 to develop trails at Stanback Forest

Books

‘Tails and Tales’ coming to library this summer

Local

Public Records: March Deeds

Entertainment

Salisbury Symphony’s ‘Return to the Concert Hall’ available May 24-31

Coronavirus

Salisbury teen becomes one of first in age group to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Business

Down Goat: Local farm and creamery poised to add goat yoga, artisan goat cheese to offerings

Local

Pandemic’s impact, uncertainty of transit funding prompt request to eliminate Rowan Express service

Lifestyle

New Waterworks’ exhibit opens June 1

High School

High school football: Walsh accepts the South football challenge

Lifestyle

Price of Freedom Museum gets donated landscape project

Lifestyle

Rowan Museum will have Upscale Yard Sale Saturday

Business

Seventh dragon boat festival set for July 24; deadline for sponsorships is May 28

Nation/World

‘Shocking and horrifying’: Israel destroys AP office in Gaza