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Area Sports Briefs: Big night for Pharrs; Catawba women cold on road

From staff reports

Shenell Pharr (East Rowan had a super game for Salem College  in Wednesday’s basketball opener for the Spirits.

Pharr had 23 points, eight steals, seven rebounds and seven assists for Salem in a win against Hollins.

The other Pharr twin, Shenique, helped out with nine points and four rebounds.

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Brielle Blaire (North Rowan) had 18 points and 11 rebounds in a starting role for Texas Tech on Wednesday. The  Red Raiders beat Florida A&M.

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Amani Ajayi (East Rowan) had 13 points and eight rebounds for Averett in Wednesday’s loss to Lynchburg.

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Karleigh Wike (East Rowan) had four points and four rebounds for Richmond in an 85-81 loss to Wake Forest on Wednesday.

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Host Fayetteville State held Catawba to 16 second-half points in posting a 69-46 win in women’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Capel Arena.

The Broncos improved to 1-1, while the Catawba Indians fall to 1-2.

Marshauna Butler paced Catawba with 18 points, hitting on 7-of-13 shots and a pair of 3-pointers. Taisha DeShazo added nine points with Serena Brown picking up seven points and three assists. Talia Barnes grabbed seven rebounds.

Catawba led 30-29 at  halftime.

Prep soccer

Championship Schedule

Saturday, Raleigh

11:05 ­    Cardinal Gibbons vs.Hough (4A)

2:05 —    First Flight vs. Newton-Conover (2A)

5:05 —   Chapel Hill vs. AC Reynolds (3A)

8:05 —   Franklin Academy vs.   Bishop McGuiness (1A)

Men’s basketball

The Pfeiffer men’s basketball team (1-0) dominated Barber Scotia (3-3) in the season opener on Wednesday, beating the Sabers by a final score of 137-100 at Merner Gym.

The Falcons scored 85 points in the first half, breaking the program record for points in a half.

Five players scored in double figures for the Falcons led by senior guard Josh Calhoun who poured in 24 points.  Marcus Sawyers was 7-for-7 from the field and 3-for-3 from long range en route to a career-high 18 points.

  Berwin Bennett had a game-high 30 points on 10-of-13 shooting for the Sabres. Johnathan Gaddy (South Rowan) had nine points.

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Carson-Newman (3-0) jumped out to a 10-3 lead four minutes in and never let its foot off the accelerator Wednesday night in an 88-65 win over UVA-Wise (0-3) at the Prior Convocation Center.

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Kerigan Farley hit the back end of a two-shot foul with eight seconds left and then grabbed a steal on the ensuing inbounds play to help Wingate stretch its home win streak out to 11 games with a 71-68 upset victory over  UNC Pembroke on Wednesday at Cuddy Arena.

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David Tripp (A.L. Brown) scored nine points in Bluefield’s loss to Pikeville.

College football

  Lenoir-Rhyne’s Mike Kellar “will no longer serve as head football coach” after two seasons, university officials announced Wednesday.  Kellar went 6-15 in  two seasons and was 5-9 in South Atlantic Conference games.

   

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