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Area basketball: Carson girls lose at North Iredell

From staff reports

OLIN —  Carson’s second-ranked girls had a 13-game winning streak, the longest in school history, snapped on Tuesday at North Iredell.

The eighth-ranked Raiders turned the game around in the third quarter and won the North Piedmont Conference contest, 60-51.

Carson led 27-25 at halftime but was outscored 14-6 in the third quarter.

“We had a really tough quarter, and that was the turning point as far as momentum,” Carson coach Brooke Stouder said. “We had a tough time scoring and we couldn’t get stops.”

Carson post players Anne Marie Turney andMaren Shumaker had three fouls each by halftime, and  foul trouble escalated for the Cougars ina whistle-filled second half.

“We did have some foul trouble, but you have to be strong and play through that,”  Stouder said.

Stouder was impressed with London Liles, who scored 22 for North Iredell. Addie Pennell made a lot of three throws down the stretch and scored 16.

Rachel Lalonde added 11 for the Raiders (14-2, 2-0).

Olivia Gabriel scored 18 for Carson, McKenzie Gadson and Turney scored 11 each, and Colbie Perry had nine.

“Not one of our better games, but we’ll see them again,” Stouder said. “We’ll get another chance.”

N. Iredell 60, Carson 51

CARSON (51) — Gabriel 18, Gadson 11, Turney 11, Perry 9, Cooper 3, Shumaker, Wilhelm, Wiggins, Isley, Jolly, Gamewell, Fesperman.

N. IREDELL(60) —  Liles 22, Pennell 16, Lalonde 11, Allen 6, Grinton 2, Wise 2, Turner 1.

Carson        13   14   6    18    — 51

N. Iredell   10   15   14   21    — 60

South loses

LANDIS —  South Rowan’s girls wanted revenge.

They didn’t get it.

The Raiders lost for the second time to East Davidson in Central Carolina Conference play on Tuesday. The Golden Eagles romped on the road, 66-41.

“They just shot the lights out right from the start,” South coach John Davis said.

East Davidson (14-2, 8-2) made 10 3-pointers with Skylar Grubb and Bailey Grimsley doing most of the damage.

Brooke Jones powered for 17 inside points for the visitors.

South (9-6, 6-3) was most concerned about Brooke Anders, but she was relatively quiet. Madison McGuire held the sharpshooter to eight points.

Janiya Downs scored 15 for South. Riley Corriher had 12, and Jalee Rollins and McGuire scored six each.

East Davidson was 8-for-10 at the foul line, while South was 5-for-12. South made four 3-pointers.

“Just one of those nights,” Davis said. “We didn’t  look like we had any sense of urgency about us, and they were making every open shot. Now it’s back to the drawing board because we’ve got  a tough Ledford team on Friday.”

E. Davidson 66, S. Rowan 41

E. DAVIDSON (66) — Jones 17, Grubb 16, Grimsley 15, Anders 8, Varner 2, Kinley 2.

S. ROWAN (41) —  Downs 15, Corriher 12, Rollins 6, McGuire 6, Arnott 2, Massey, Shell.

E. Davidson            16   16   21   13    66

S. Rowan                11     6   10   14    — 41

Salisbury wins

THOMASVILLE —   Anayai Fulson had a huge steal late in the game, and Salisbury escaped Thomasville with a 59-55 Central Conference win on Tuesday.

Salisbury (12-2, 9-1 CCC)  stayed tied for first place with Ledford.

Salisbury was down 44-42 heading to the fourth quarter.

Jayvee girls

Carson won against North Iredell, 39-28, on Tuesday.

Kary Hales  scored 13, while Victoria Post had seven points. Defensive standouts for Carson were Jaden Vaughn and Liza Simmerson.

Natasha Giuo scored 10 for the Raiders.

Boys

OLIN —  Carson’s eighth-ranked boys got rolling in the third quarter and blew out North Iredell, 74-36, on Tuesday.

North Iredell  (4-12, 0-2)hung with the Cougars (14-1, 2-0 North Piedmont Conference)  for a half and trailed 30-24 at the break.

“They knocked down a bunch of 3-pointers early and it just took us a while to get anything going,” Carson coach Brian Perry said. “But our defensive intensity picked up a lot in the second half, we got stops, and we broke it open.”

North Iredell managed only 12 points in the second half and was outscored in the third quarter, 28-6.

Jamarius Hairston never stopped scoring, pouring in 31 points. Jailen Williams had 20, while Owen White added 11.

“We got a long trip out of the way,” Perry said. “That’s a tough trip on a Tuesday night.”

   Carson 74, N. Iredell 36

CARSON (74) — Hairston 31, Williams 20, White 11, Perry 8, Prugh 2, Jackson 2, Sifford, Hales, Zuniga, Dunn, Wike, Bates.

N. IREDELL(36) —  Highman 8, Brazee 8, Cass 5, Tuggle 5, Ward 4, Ross 3, Skinner 2, Wilcox 1.

Carson        16   14 28   16    —74

N. Iredell   13   11   6     6    — 36

Hornets fall

THOMASVILLE — Salisbury’s boys had a chance to  jump into the driver’s seat in the Central Carolina Conference race, but the Hornets lost at Thomasville, 63-58, on Tuesday.

Salisbury led by 13 points late in the second quarter after buckets by Trell Baker, Xavier Kesler and Cameron Gill, but the second-place Bulldogs (10-3, 8-2) regrouped from a 38-29 halftime deficit and    owned the second half.

“A win would’ve been big, would’ve given us a three-game lead in the conference, but we didn’t play well and we didn’t deserve to win,” Salisbury coach Bryan Withers said. “We’ve been fortunate to win some games lately even when we didn’t play well, and it caught up with us tonight.”

Bill Fisher scored 15 for the Hornets. Most came early when Salisbury was building that double-digit lead. Baker scored 10, while Kesler had eight.

“We haven’t shot well the last four of five games and that was the case again tonight,” Withers said. “We want to make 80 percent of our shots within eight feet and we missed at least a dozen of those. On one trip, we had five pointblank shots and still didn’t score.”

Baker made a bucket and two free throws for a 58-55 lead heading into the stretch run, but Thomasville scored the last eight.

After Justin Cunningham got Thomasville even at 58-all, Cameron Whiteside put the Bulldogs ahead to stay with two free throws.

Kendrick Breaux and Nydrick Jenkins made free throws for the final margin.

“We were just weak mentally at the end,” Withers said. “We turned it over after we held the ball for a minute, and you just can’t do things like that.”    

Thomasville 63, Salisbury 58

SALISBURY (58) — Fisher 15, Baker 10, Kesler 8, Gill 6, Davis 5, Russell 4, Ford 3, Rogers 3, Robinson 2, Moss 2.

THOMASVILLE (63) —  Whiteside 19, N. Jenkins 13, Ju. Cunningham 12, T. Jenkins 7, Barnes 5, Williams 3, Breaux 3, Ja. Cunningham 1.

Salisbury            19  19   11   9  ­— 58

Thomasville      11   18   16  18—63

Tough loss for SR

LANDIS — South Rowan’s boys had a couple of chances to win at the end on Tuesday, but instead lost to  East Davidson, 57-56, in Central Carolina Conference action.

Bailey Graham missed on a driving shot in the final seconds, and the Raiders then missed on a couple of tip-in tries.

South led by four points and had Tyrese Shaver at the foul line for two free throws with about a minute left,  but Shaver missed both attempts. East Davidson made a 3-pointer, and the game gradually slipped away from there.

“We just didn’t do a good job with the end-of-game situations tonight,” South coach Andre McCain said. “Free throws and turnovers, we didn’t take care of those things.”

It was 27-all at halftime and stayed tight throughout, but East Davidson finished off a season sweep of the Raiders.

South really needed this one to turn things around. The Raiders (4-11, 4-5) have dropped seven in a row.

East Davidson (4-11, 3-7) got 23 points from CoCo Jones and 17 from Kobie Warrick.

For South, Graham had 18, Shaver had 14, and Connor Childers scored 10.

“We’re still OK in the league,” McCain said. “But now we’ve got some ground to make up.”

E. Davidson 57, S. Rowan 56

E. DAVIDSON (57) — C. Jones 23, Warrick 17, Jacobs 9, Hilbourn 4, Skeen 2, Riggs 2.

S. ROWAN (56) —  Graham 18, Shaver 14, Childers 10, Powers 6, Finger 4, A. Jones 2, Kluttz 2.

E. Davidson            12  15   10  20    57

S. Rowan                 12   15   8    21    — 56

Pfeiffer men roll

DANVILLE, Va. – For the first time since the 2003-04 season, the Pfeiffer men’s basketball team has won its first nine games.

The Falcons romped to a 109-77 victory over Averett on Tuesday evening.   Josh  Calhoun finished with 34 points, his fourth straight game with more than 30 points.

Calhoun went 10-for-15 from the field.

and has not shot lower than 55 percent from the field in his last five contests.

The senior also went 12-for-14 from the free throw line and added five rebounds and two steals.

Nolan Whitener had his best game in a Pfeiffer uniform as the junior had career-highs in points (11) and rebounds (17) for his first career double-double. In just 19 minutes of action, Jevon Patton added 23 points on 6-of-9 shooting.

Josiah Avington had the best scoring night of his Pfeiffer career as the sophomore scored 13 points and Eric Ambrosio added 12 points and four steals.

For the sixth time this season, Pfeiffer shot better than 50 percent from the floor, knocking down 50.7 percent of their shots tonight. Despite hitting a season-low eight three’s, the Falcons offense continued its historic scoring pace thanks to 31 made free throws.

Pfeiffer held a 48-36 edge on the glass and dominated in second chance points, outscoring the host Cougars 29-9.

Pfeiffer controlled the contest but Averett was able to remain within striking distance. With 12:53 to play, the Falcons held a 68-57 advantage but the Cougars ran out of steam as Pfeiffer went on a 9-0 run to extend the lead to 20. Over the final 6:46 of the contest, Pfeiffer outscored Averett 26-8 as the press wore down the Cougars.

  

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