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Area Sports Briefs: South girls win, but boys lose another close one

From staff reports

WELCOME — Madison McGuire’s career game helped South Rowan’s girls  basketball team overcome serious foul trouble inNorth Davidson’s Pete Jones Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.

McGuire, a sophomore in her first varsity season, made four of South’s six 3-pointers and scored 16 points in a 60-40 Central Carolina Conference victory. McGuire, who moved into the lineup when the Raiders lost two starters to injuries,  hadn’t scored  more than seven in a game prior to Saturday.

Janiya Downs, second in the county in scoring, had  18 points to pace the Raiders. Riley Corriher scored 17, her fifth straight game in double figures. South stopped a two-game skid.

“We were a little rusty from not having done anything  since Tuesday,” South coach John Davis said. “But we got a good win in a tough place to play.”

The whistles were so frequent that Davis got a rare technical. North Davidson shot 37 free throws, as fouls piled up on the Raiders. Whitley Arnott, South’s aggressive sophomore post player, fouled out.

“She played really well before she fouled out,” Davis said. “Very consistent, with a lot of rebounds and good defense.”

The win kept South (10-7, 7-4 CCC) in fourth place. North Davidson (6-9, 3-8 CCC) is eighth.

Abby McMillan led the Black Knights with 13 points.

The teams were playing on Saturday to make up a game that had been rescheduled more than once due to weather issues.

“It seemed like we tried to play this one five times,” Davis said with a laugh. “But we had a good crowd for a Saturday afternoon, and we got the outcome we wanted.”

Tazah Hardin, who missed three games, and Brooke Lowery, who missed four, played a few minutes Saturday and may be ready to go full speed next week. South is scheduled to take on North Davidson again on Wednesday — at home.

SOUTH ROWAN (60) — Downs 18, Corriher 17, McGuire 16, Arnott 6, Rollins 2, Shell 1, Lowery, Hardin, Butler, Massey, Mullins.

N. DAVIDSON (40) — A. McMillan 13, Bryant 8, Hyatt 6, Davis 5, C. McMillan 4, Bennett 2, Norris 2.

S. Rowan           11   15   19   15    60 

N. Davidson     2       8    11    19   — 40   

South boys fall

WELCOME — Senior guard Bailey Graham scored a career-best 26 points for South Rowan on Saturday, but the Raiders came up short at North Davidson.

The Black Knights won the Central Carolina Conference makeup contest, 67-62. South led early, but North Davidson took a 28-27 lead at the break.

After South got even at 36-all midway through the third quarter, North Davidson had a surge and took the lead for good.

Connor Childers matched his career high with 14 points, but the Raiders (4-13, 4-7) dropped their ninth in a row. South hasn’t won since Dec. 18.

Senior guard Themus Fulks scored 26 for North Davidson (8-7, 6-5 CCC),   and 6-foot-7 senior forward  Satchel Hester also had 26.

SOUTH ROWAN (62) —Graham 26, Childers 14, Shaver 8, Kluttz 6, Jones 4, Powers 4.

N. DAVIDSON (67) —Hester 26, Fulks 26, Wilson 5, Everhart 5, Dalton , Yokley 1

S. Rowan            15   12    15    20    62 

N. Davidson      14   14    19    20   — 67 

LC women

FAYETTEVILLE — Livingstone’s Kyala Searcy and Taylor Perkins combined for 54 points, but it was not enough, as Fayetteville State defeated the Blue Bears, 90-76, in CIAA women’s basketball action here Saturday afternoon.

Livingstone suffered its eighth straight loss and fell to 5-12 overall and 0-7 in the CIAA. The Broncos improve to 6-9 and 2-5.

Searcy, a junior forward, led the way with 29 points, while Perkins, a freshman guard, scored 25 points. Searcy made 11-of-19 shots from the floor and all three of her free throws. Perkins was 7-for-12 and 11-of-13 from the foul line.

I’Keya Bland scored 10 points for Livingstone and led the team in rebounds with seven boards.

Noni Kuumba led FSU with 19 points while Shantel Bennett added 15.

The Blue Bears return to action on Wednesday with a 5:30 game at J.C. Smith in Charlotte.

LIVINGSTONE (76) — Green 5, Perkins 25, Searcy 29, Bland 10, Bradley 5, Foote, Porter, Deberry 2, Robinson, Galay.

FAYETTEVILLE STATE (90) — Kuumba 19, Bennett 15, Clifton 12, Best 12, Jones 10, Mosley 10, Gainey 4, Hinton 3, Maduegbunah 2, James 2, Gainey 1, Gladden.

Livingstone             19   16   20   21 — 76

Fayetteville St.       28   17   26   19 —  90

College hoops

Will Leckonby (Salisbury) made four 3-pointers and scored 16 points for Guilford in Saturday’s 79-71 win against Virginia Wesleyan.


Tre Williams (Carson) scored 14 points and had five rebounds for Claflin in  Saturday’s 86-75 loss to Morehouse.

Prep volleyball

Cox Mill’s Taylor Rowland was named  Gatorade Player of the Year for North Carolina for the second straight season.

Local golf

Eighteen GARS playeed at the  Revival at the Crescent.

Low ‘A’ Flight player was Gary Schenk with a net of 69.23.  Low ‘B’ Flight player was Ernest Wagner with a net of 70.26.

Low ‘C’ Flight player was Lynn Shook with a net of 67.95. Low D flight player was John Cress with a net of 74.05.

Don Martin eagled the par-4 No. 9 hole and had the low gross score with a 79.   

Shook had low net score with a 67.95.


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