Area Sports Briefs: Hornets keep rolling

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 20, 2017

From staff reports

WELCOME — Trell Baker scored 23 points, as Salisbury’s boys stayed unbeaten with a 77-63 Central Carolina Conference win at North Davidson on Tuesday.

“Trell Baker was back to being Trell tonight,” SHS coach Bryan Withers said. “He’s been a little passive in the past couple of games and we need him to be aggressive on both ends of the floor. Tonight, he played very well.”

Xavier Kesler scored 16 points. Lonnie Rogers and Bill Fisher had 10 each.

“It was a good win, but we’re still not playing entirely up to our capabilities, especially on the defensive end,” Withers said. “But we’re getting there and we’re seeing some improvement from a lot of different kids.”

Kesler had his first big game.

“What makes good teams great is that competition in practice every day, and we’re getting that now,” Withers said. “Like Kesler, he can put the ball in the basket and his defense is getting better. We’re starting to have to find minutes for him, because of his production.And he’s still only about 85 percent healthy, coming off that pre-season injury.”

Satchel Hester scored 22  to lead the Black Knights (2-3).

All of Salisbury’s seven wins are CCC wins.

Salisbury plays at Oak Grove tonight and is headed for the No.2 seed in the Christmas tournament.

Salisbury 77,N. Davidson 63


Baker 23, Kessler 16, Rogers 10, Fisher 10, Robinson 8, Davis 5, Gill 2, Canon 2, Moss 1.


Hester 22, Fulks 12, Dalton 11, Everhart 9, Yokley 6, Wilson 2, Green 1.

Salisbury         16     20     15   26   — 77

N. Davidson    17      14    11  21     63

South boys fall to CD

LANDIS — South Rowan’s boys basketball team just couldn’t stop Marquise Jordan on Tuesday and lost to visiting Central Davidson, 78-74, in Central Carolina Conference action.

Jordan, a 6-foot-4 senior who averages 18.8 points per game, torched the Raiders for 37 points.

Mason Spainhour scored 18 for the Spartans (5-4, 4-4) and hit some key 3-pointers. David Banner scored 10.

South  (4-5, 4-3) led 38-29 at halftime.

“We were knocking down a lot of shots and were driving the ball well,” South coach Andre McCain said.

The game turned with Central’s 27-point third quarter.

“We lost track of Spainhour and he hit some big shots,” McCain said. “And Jordan gave us a lot of trouble.”

South was very balanced with Jordan Oglesby getting 14, Bailey Graham 12 and Connor Childers and Tyrese Shaver scoring 10 apiece.

South played without point guard Dillon Kluttz (illness).

“We’re putting up a  lot of points,” McCain said. “But it’s all about getting stops. We have to get tougher defensively.”

C. Davidson 78, S. Rowan 74


Jordan 37, Spainhour 18, Banner 10, Myers 6, Leonard 5, Smith 2.

S. ROWAN (74)

Oglesby 14, Graham 12, Childers 10, Shaver 10, Powers 9,  Jones 9 Hines 8, Finger 2.

C. Davidson         12     17     27   22   — 78

S. Rowan             19      19    16  20     74

East boys win

MOUNT PLEASANT — East Rowan’s boys won at Mount Pleasant in a defensive struggle on Tuesday.

The Mustangs (4-5) got 17 points and 13 rebounds  from Elton Hooper in the non-conference win.

Bryson Sprinkle scored 11, and Gabe Hinceman had nine.

Sprinkle made a halftime buzzer-beater from halfcourt to give East a 27-10 lead the break.

Mount Pleasant scored only two points in the first quarter.

Trey Barnhardt led the Tigers with 15 points. Mount Pleasant made a big push in the third quarter, but East Rowan held on.

East 45, Mt. Pleasant 35

EAST (45)

Hooper 17, Sprinkle 11, Hinveman 9, Spry 3, Jefferson 3, Scruggs 2.


Barnhardt 15, Bonnett 6, Eifre 5, Smith 4, Devitto 3, Slopp 2.

E. Rowan          12      15     6    12     45

Mt. Pleasant    2          8    18     7     35

SHS girls romp

WELCOME — Salisbury’s girls had an easy time at North Davidson and stayed undefeated on Tuesday.

The Hornets (7-0 CCC) led 27-13 after a quarter.

Bryanna Troutman had 10 points in the first quarter, and Maria Capito scored seven.

“We played well, came out strong in a man-to-man press and got after them pretty good in the first quarter,” SHS coach Lakai Brice said. “We really moved the ball well and all five starters contributed with points in the first quarter.”

The Hornets led at halftime, 47-27.

Troutman sat down early in the third quarter with 16 points, nine rebounds, eight steals and eight assists.

Anayai Fulson scored 20 points, while Capito had 19.

“Fulson really played well, scoring and distributing the ball,”Brice said. “She had nine steals, as well.”

On top of everything else, the Hornets shot free throws well —14-for-18.

Abby McMillan led the Black Knights with 12 points. Lexi Bryant had 10.

Salisbury 75, N. Davidson 52


Fulson 20, Capito 19, Troutman 16, Robinson 8, May 5, Glenn 3, Daniels 2, Oats 2.


A.McMillan 12,  Bryant 10, Davis 9, C.McMillan 8, Hyatt 7, Maready 4, Snider 2.

Salisbury         27      20     22   6     75

N. Davidson    13      14    16    9   — 52

SR girls cruise

LANDIS — South Rowan’s girls overcame a slow start and clobbered Central Davidson, 57-34, for their fifth straight victory.

“We just didn’t play very well early,” South coach John Davis said. “We’ve played a lot of games in a short span of time, with a lot of them on the road, and we showed some fatigue.”

South got 18 points from   Janiya Downs, 15 from Riley Corriher and 10 from Whitley Arnott. Arnott tied her career high.

“The second quarter we started playing pretty well and we took care of things after that,” Davis said. “Proud of the girls to be where we are right now.”

South is 6-3 and 4-2 in the Central Carolina, with four straight league wins.

Desara Hunt led the Spartans with 10 points.

South 57, C. Davidson 34


Hunt 10, Sink 6, Reynolds, Neal 4, Stacey 4, Mize 2, Neal 2.

S. ROWAN (57)

Downs 18, Corriher 15, Arnott 10, Lowery 6, Hardin 5, Mullins 3, Shell, Massey, Butler,  McGuire.

C. Davidson         10      11     4      9     34

S. Rowan              8         19    16    14   — 57

ER girls win

MOUNT PLEASANT — Injuries have reduced East Rowan’s original eight-girl roster to just five healthy players, but the Mustangs won a ballgame on Tuesday.

Both of East’s wins this season have come against Mount Pleasant. This one — 45-44 — was a  lot tougher than the first one.

“I was impressed with how much Mount Pleasant has improved since our first game with them,” East coach Kevin Holland said.

Adalie Harrison scored 16 for East. Hollie Harrison scored 12. Lydia Miller, called up from the jayvees not long ago, scored nine points. Caroline Houpe had 10 rebounds.

“Adalie shot the ball better and  Hollie made a couple of timely baskets in the second half,” Holland said. “Caroline Houpe was saddled with foul trouble in the first half but played the entire second half without a foul. Miller and Nora Ali, two girls that we’ve brought up from the jayvees, combined for 13 points.”

Grace Eagle will be out through the Christmas tournament. Zynoria Winford is still out, and Nicole Fleming will miss the season with a knee injury.

East had to rally. Mount Pleasant led  by seven after the first quarter.

“Mount Pleasant came out really aggressive and it seemed like they made every shot they took in the first half,” Holland said.  “Our defense was not good early and we were down something like 16-5 before we did anything.”

East played better in the second half, held the Tigers to 10 points after the break, and got just enough offense to pull it out.

I was proud of our toughness down the stretch,” Holland said.  “Even when things are tough, these girls always play hard.”

E. Rowan 45,Mt. Pleasant 44

EAST (45)

A. Harrison 16, H. Harrison 12, Miller 9, Ali 4, Mitchell 4, Fraley, Houpe, Guo, Murphy, Jones, Hoffman, Mullen, Lackey.


Hall 12, Blankenship 10, Osborne 8, Harrison 7, Blackwell 4, B. Harwood 3.

E. Rowan          11      15     11   8     45

Mt. Pleasant    18      16    4      6     44

College baseball 

MISENHEIMER  – Vice President for Athletics Bob Reasso announced Monday that Jordan Stampler has been named the Pfeiffer baseball head coach.

Stampler becomes the seventh head coach in program history and has served as the sssistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the Falcons.

for the past two-and-a-half years.

“We’re delighted to announce that Jordan will take over the program,” Reasso said. “Jordan has been on our staff for the past couple of years and he’s an outstanding young coach. He gives our program continuity and I’m confident he will make a smooth transition to being the head coach. The future of our baseball program is very bright.”

Stampler takes over for Dusty Blake who left to become the pitching coach at Duke University.

“I have been fortunate to learn under Coach Blake for close to three years and I will remain forever thankful to him,” Stampler said.

Parks and Rec

The Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department is   accepting registration for its girls (ages 7-15) and coed (ages 5-6) youth basketball leagues.

Cost is $30 per participant.  Registration runs through Jan. 13 at Hall Gym or online at  Practices begin the end of January. Games start in February. Call 704-638-5289.

Middle schools

Mooresville’s boys won against Knox, 60-39.

Cameron Stout and Justin Taylor had 10 points each for Knox.


Erwin girls beat West Rowan, 48-19.

Haley Dalton scored 14 points. Clara Beaver cored eight, Hannah Isley had six, and Leah Hinceman scored five.

Brooke Kennerly scored eight for the Bulldogs.


Jayvee girls hoops

Carson’s girls romped against Davie County, 43-12, on Tuesday.

Kary Hales scored 17 points, while Victoria Post had 13.

Defensive standouts were Jaden Vaughn and Zareah Smith.

Varsity girls hoops

Gabby Smith scored 20 points as the Hickory Ridge girls flattered Concord, 79-28, on Tuesday. Alyssa Wagner  scored 14, and , Nia Daniel had 10.

Janazi Chambers led the Spiders with 12 points.

Concord                    Janazi Chambers 12, Gravely 2, Stevenson 4, Benjamin 6, Wallace 4

Record: Hickory Ridge 7-1-3-0; Concord 3-8, 0-0

Gabby Smith 20 points 9 rebounds and 2 steals; 14 points, 3 assist nad 2 steals; Jiera Shears 1 point, 5 assist and 3 steals.

Hickory Ridge girls will play in the East Lincoln Christmas Tournament opening up against crosstown foe J M Robinson on Thursday, December 28th at 4:00 pm