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.
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.
Amani Ajayi (East Rowan) had 13 points and eight rebounds for Averett in Wednesday’s loss to Lynchburg.
Karleigh Wike (East Rowan) had four points and four rebounds for Richmond in an 85-81 loss to Wake Forest on Wednesday.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
David Tripp (A.L. Brown) scored nine points in Bluefield’s loss to Pikeville.
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.