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Area Sports Briefs: Carson teams fall at Central Cabarrus

From staff reports

Mahaley Holit scored 31 points to lead Central Cabarrus’s girls basketball team to a 64-56 victory against Carson in Monday’s battle for second place in the South Piedmont Conference.

Elanna Peay scored 14 points for the  home-standing Vikings (17-3, 12-2), and Aniyah Tate had 12.

Carson (16-4, 11-3) got 18 points each from McKenzie Gadson and Olivia Gabriel. Destiny Jackson scored 10, and Kailie Ketchie had six.

It was a see-saw game.

Central led by seven after a quarter, but Carson  had a strong second quarter to take a 34-29 halftime lead.

Carson was able to hold the lead in the third quarter, but Central finished stronger.

The victory gave the Vikings a sweep of the season series. Central won 57-55 at Carson early in the season.

Two of Central’s three losses have come to unbeaten Hickory Ridge.


C. Cabarrus 64, Carson 56


Gabriel 18 Gadson 18, Jackson 10, Ketchie 6, Turney 2, Taylor 1, Street 1, Wiggins, Shumaker, Furr, Cooper.


Holit 31, Peay 14, Tate 12, Rowden 5, Miller 2.

Carson    13    21   14   8    56

Central   20    9      15  20  — 64

Carson boys fall

Neither team got much going offensively, but a 3-point shooting spree early by Adam Roller lifted Central Cabarrus to a 53-48 win against Carson on Monday in South Piedmont Conference play.

The previous offensive low for Carson was 52 points in an early loss to Thomasville.

“Just a terrible start for us, and Roller was hitting 3s early,” Carson coach Brian Perry said. “We played pretty good defense the last three quarters. Usually, if we hold someone to 53, we like  our chances.”

Central (10-10, 6-8) led 19-8 after a quarter, but the Cougars (12-7, 9-5) held Central to four points in the second quarter and got back to 23-18 at halftime.

Carson took the lead in the third quarter, but the Vikings reclaimed control and earned the upset.

“There wasn’t much flow for either team on offense,” Perry said. “It was one of those nights where we had the  good looks, but they just didn’t go down.”

Roller made four 3-pointers and scored 17 for the Vikings. Isaiah Salter scored 12, and Tderien Neal added 11.

Jamarius Hairston scored 14 for the Cougars, about six below his average. Owen White had 12. Cameron Prugh and Jailen Williams scored eight apiece.

C. Cabarrus 53, Carson 48


Hairston 14, White 12, Williams 8, Prugh 8, Westbrook 4, Perry 2, Sifford.


Roller 17, Salter 12, Neal 11, Butler 6, Rowden 3, Mitchell 3, Hamilton 1.

Carson    8   10     18   12 —  48

Central   19   4      16  14  — 53

Prep swimming

Regional competition in swimming will be held for those with qualifying times on Feb.  4.

Salisbury swimmers will compete in the 1A/2A Western Regional at Meckleburg Aquatic Center.

South Piedmont Conference swimmers will compete in the 3A Central Regional in Greensboro.

A.L. Brown swimmers are in the 4A Western Regional at Mecklenburg Aquatic Center.

Davie swimmers are in the 4A Central Regional in Greensboro.

Diving competition will be held on Feb. 3.

Prep indoor track

Indoor track state championship meets are set for Feb. 10-11 at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.

The 1A/2A competition will be held on Friday, Feb. 10.

The 4A Championships will be held on the morning of Feb. 11, with the 3A meet in the afternoon.


  West Rowan’s boys   had a big weekend at the David Oliver Classic in Winston Salem.

Jalen Houston ran a 7:72 to finish third in the 55 meter hurdles. Houston is now ranked No. 1 in the state in 3A.

Cameron Butler finished sixth out of  of 92 runners and broke his own school record in the 1000 meters with a 2:37.

Butler also led the 3200 relay team that qualified for states. Butler’s teammates are Luke Hager, Alex Keadle and Thomas Waldo, and they are currently ranked ninth in the state. Butler also qualified in the 500 with a 1:09 and is currently ranked sixth in the state.

     Other Falcons with PRs were Nathan Zauner with a 10:20 in the 3200,  Waldo with a 4:58 in the 1600, and  Keadle with a 5:05 in the 1600.

Rustyn Orbison had a 6:26 in the 1600 and Matthew Ramsay had a 3:01 in the 1000 meter run.


North Rowan also competed at the David Oliver Classic.

Chevy Blaire had a PR 36 feet, 2.5 inches in the shot put.  Kendall Murphy had a PR of  26-3.5.

Payton Russell ran a PR 40.79 in the 300. Heavenly Robinson ran 43.02 in the 300.

Alijah Broom (1:13.51) and A’jon Jones (1:15.52) competed in the 500.

Prep wrestling

Dual team state playoffs start tonight.

In 2A, Salisbury (27-8)  will be wrestling at Lexington Middle School at 6 p.m. against Washington.

If the Hornets win, they’ll then wrestle the winner of the Lexington-Roanoke Rapids match.

Admission is $6.  Only NCHSAA passes will be accepted for this event.


South Rowan (9-3) will wrestle undefeated Enka at Enka Middle School in the first round of the 3A playoffs.  The winner of that match advances to take on the winner of the North Lincoln-Asheville Erwin match.


In 4A, Davie is a first-round host.

The War Eagles (30-1) will take on Northwest Guilford. The winner of that match will also battle the Greensboro Smith-McDowell winner.


Local golf

The McCanless Couples men challenged the women. The team of Azalee Story, Melinda Rigger and Susan Wydner, edged out the team of David Huneycutt, Harry Owens and Walt Kincaid.   Huneycutt won longest putt.

College track

Georgia Southern’s Rebecca Parker (West Rowan) placed second in the 3000 meters at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem. Parker ran 10:26.61.Parker and two teammates broke the school record.

Wall recovering

Davie football and basketball standout Cooper Walll, a 6-foot-2 junior, tore the ACL in his left knee in a game on Jan. 3

Wall caught 15 touchdown passes this season and was averaging 16.3 points for the basketball team. Surgery went well for Wall on Thursday. He’s on crutches and will be starting rehab.

   He is expected to miss about eight months of activity. Football practice starts Aug. 1, with Davie’s first game on Aug. 18.


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