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Area Sports Briefs: Gabriel breaks program record for points

From staff reports

GRANITE QUARRY — Carson senior guard Olivia Gabriel scored 15 points on  Friday and led the Cougar girls to a 61-24  North Piedmont Conference win at East Rowan.

Gabriel bumped her career scoring total to 1,460 points and broke the school mark set by Kelly Dulkoski in 2013.

“It’s a great thing, just an accomplishment, but it’s not something we discussed at all,” Carson coach Brooke Stouder said. “It’s one of those achievements you want to look back on when a season is over, and we’ve got a whole lot of season left.”

Carson (15-2, 2-1 NPC) had no trouble bouncing back from Tuesday’s disappointing loss to North Iredell, taking a 24-4 lead after a quarter and heading to halftime ahead, 39-9.

McKenzie Gadson scored 13 for the Cougars.  Colbie Perry had nine. Thirteen Cougars scored.

“We crashed the boards, and I thought our energy and effort were good from start to finish,” Stouder said.

Adalie Harrison scored nine points for the Mustangs (5-11, 0-3), and Hollie Harrison had eight.

“They’re undermanned, but they played very hard,” Stouder said.

Carson 61, E. Rowan 24


Gabriel 15, Gadson 13, Perry 9, Shumaker 5, Isley 4, Fesperman 4, Wilhelm 3,  Wiggins 2, Jolly 2, Cooper 2, Turney 1, Conrad 1, Gamewell.

E. ROWAN (24)

A. Harrison 9, H. Harrison 8, Mitchell 4, Winford 2, Fraley 1, Houpe, Miller.

Carson           24    15   11   11  —61

E. Rowan         4    5        8    7   — 24

West girls win

MOUNT ULLA — West Rowan’s girls led by only three points at halftime, but the Falcons took care of business in the second half.

West outscored South Iredell, 73-57, on Friday in a fast-paced North Piedmont Conference game.

Sophomore Abigail Wilson scored 20 points for the Falcons (12-4, 2-1), the 12th time this season she’s scored at least 20.

Sophomore guard Taylor Poole matched her career high with 14 points, and Egypt Alexander scored 13 for the Falcons. Shyann Vaughters and Kia Pharr had eight apiece.

Lydia Mercer scored 18 for the Vikings (4-12, 1-2), while Sarah Nelson had 17.

W. Rowan 73, S. Iredell 57


Mercer 18, Nelson 17, Durham 10, Knapp 6, Labelle 3, Bassinger 2, H. Wilson 1.

W. ROWAN (73)

Wilson 20, Poole 14, Alexander 13, Vaughters 8, Pharr 8, Connolly 5, Blabon 3, Sobataka 2, Hairston, Robinson.

S. Iredell          11    15    14    17  — 57

W. Rowan        15     14    21    23  — 73

South girls fall

WALLBURG — South Rowan’s girls completed a rough week with a 58-34 loss at Ledford on Friday.

“We came out playing well defensively, but then we turned it over a few times,  gave them some easy ones, and you look up, and it’s 13-1,” South coach John Davis said. “We didn’t give ourselves a chance.”

South shot poorly in the Central Carolina Conference contest — 4-for-21 on 3-pointers and nine misses on 12 free throw attempts.

“We couldn’t hit anything,” Davis said. “Our shooting percentage was horrendous, at best.”

Janiya Downs had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Raiders. Riley Corriher scored 13. Whitley Arnott had five points and eight rebounds. Only three Raiders scored. South (9-7, 6-4) continues to play without starters Tazah Hardin and Brooke Lowery.

Lyrik Thorne scored 26 for Ledford (12-3, 10-1). Ashley Anthony had 15.

Ledford stayed tied for first place with Salisbury.

South is still the only team to beat the Hornets this season. The Raiders did it twice.

“Right now, that seems like a long time ago,” Davis said. “We’ve got to get back to the drawing board.”

Ledford 58,  S. Rowan 34

S. ROWAN (34)

Downs 16, Corriher 13, Arnott 5, Rollins, McGuire, Shell, Massey, Butler.


Thorne 26, Anthony 15, Denny 9,  Church 5, Lark  2, O’Toole 1.

S. Rowan       4      11   15    4  — 34

Ledford         19    15    18    6  — 58

Carson boys win

GRANITE QUARRY — East Rowan’s boys kept it close for three quarters on Friday, but Carson pulled away for a 54-38 North Piedmont Conference victory.

At halftime, Carson (15-1, 3-0) led 21-19.

“East was very patient, took their time on offense, and we didn’t shoot it great,” Carson coach Brian Perry said.

Carson took a 35-28 lead after three quarters and opened up a nice lead in the fourth quarter.

“We got a big tip-in from Cole Perry at the end of the third quarter,” Coach Perry said. “That kind of got us going, and we played well in the fourth. Jamarius Hairston hit some big-time shots. Jailen Williams got inside, drew some fouls and made his free throws.”

Hairston finished with 20 points despite the slow pace. Williams had 16.

“It was good for us to win a grinding  game like that,” Coach Perry said. “East’s strength (size) is our weakness, so it was good to see us do the things that we needed to do. We played the game we needed to play. Defensively, we really stayed focused and stayed locked in, kept doing our jobs, and that’s something we haven’t been able to do every game.”

Gabe Hinceman led the Mustangs (6-10, 0-3) with 11 points.

Carson stayed tied for first place with West Rowan.

Carson 54, E. Rowan 38


Hairston 20, Williams 16, Perry 7, White 7, Prugh 2, Dunn 2, Sifford, Hales, Bates, Wike, Zuniga.

E. ROWAN (38)

Hinceman 11, Hooper 7, Jefferson 7, Sprinkle 6, Bennett 6, Jordan 1, Scruggs, Spry.

Carson             10     11  14    19  —54

E. Rowan         8       11    9    10  — 38

South boys lose

South Rowan’s boys lost  at Ledford, 65-56, in Central Carolina Conference action on Friday.

South (4-12, 4-6) lost its eighth in a row. South had beaten Ledford early in the season, but the Panthers (10-6, 7-4) are surging now.

South was down at halftime, 36-25.

Walker Lackey scored 26 for Ledford, while Ethan Reece had 16.


Mid. school hoops

Corriher-Lipe’s jayvee girls won against China Grove, 25-10.

Abby Bruce led the Yellow Jackets with nine points. Jamyrah Cherry scored eight, and Amber Alston added six.


Knox’s jayvee boys won against West Rowan, 56-53.

Jayden “Juke” Harris scored 22 for the Trojans. Jayden Chunn scored 13, C.J. Toomer had 10, and Adrian Stockton added six.

College basketball

Catawba’s teams are at home today at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. against Mars Hill.

Livingstone is home against Shaw today at 2 and 4.

Pfeiffer’s teams are home today. Pfeiffer’s women are hosting Averett at 2 p.m. East Rowan grad Amani Ajayi has been playing very well for Averett.

Jayvee girls

Carson won over East Rowan, 45-7, on Friday.

Alicia Thompson led the Cougars with 10 points, Victoria Post had eight. Defensive standouts   were Krystal Sanns and Lindsay Conrad.

Girls basketball

Gabby Smith had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Hickory Ridge (15-1, 7-0) in a 79-17 win against Porter Ridge.


Brooke Anders scored 26 points to lead East Davidson to a 60-48 win against North Davidson. Brooke Jones scored 15.

Lexi Bryant led the Black Knights with 13.


Jada Ussery had 11 points and 19 rebounds to lead Central Cabarrus to a 48-44 SPC win against Northwest Cabarrus.

Tricia Robinson scored 19 for the Trojans.

Boys basketball

Wendell Moore scored 27 points as top-ranked Cox Mill edged A.L. Brown, 62-60, on Friday in SPC play.


Josh Wiley scored 15 points for East Forsyth in a 63-30 CPC romp over Reagan.


North Davidson rolled 81-59 over East Davidson.  Themus Fulks and Satchel Hester combined for 50 points for the Black Knights.




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