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Area Sports Briefs: West girls, East boys win

From staff reports

MOUNT ULLA — Abigail Wilson and Egypt Alexander scored 17 points apiece, and West Rowan’s girls basketball team won against Statesville, 61-42, on Tuesday.

West (13-4, 3-1 North Piedmont Conference) dominated the first and third quarters.

West led 20-11 after the first eight minutes, but the Greyhounds (11-6, 2-2 NPC) cut West’s lead to two at halftime.

Wilson and Alexander had big third quarters as the Falcons stretched the lead back to double digits.

Taylor Poole added eight points for the Falcons, while Cindy Connolly had seven.

Tyasia Sharpe led the Greyhounds with 13 points.

West kept pace with North Iredell, an easy winner over East Rowan, and is still tied for first in the NPC. Carson is 2-1 in the league and plays tonight at South Iredell.


Sharpe 13, Gray 10, Miller 4, Hoffman 4, Simmons 3, Keaton 2, Shell 2, Bowman 2, Privette 2.

W. ROWAN (61)

Wilson 17, Alexander 17, Poole 8, Connolly 7, Sobataka 5, Blabon 3, Pharr 2, Vaughters 2, Robinson.

Statesville     11  16  10   5  — 42

W. Rowan      20    9  24   8 —  61

East boys

GRANITE QUARRY — East Rowan picked up its first North Piedmont Confernce win of the season on Tuesday by beating visiting North Iredell, 56-41.

Elton Hooper led the Mustangs (7-10, 1-3) with 15 points. Bryson Sprinkle scored 14, and Brandon Jefferson had 10.

Jake Tuggle scored 16 for North Iredell (4-14, 0-4).

East led 26-20 at the break and pulled away in the third quarter to stop a four-game skid.


Tuggle 16, Wilcox 11, Williams 4, Allison 2, Ward 2, Brazee 2, Highman 2, Liles 2.

E. ROWAN (56)

Hooper 15, Sprinkle 14, Jefferson 10, Hinceman 7, Spry 5, Scruggs 2, Bennett 2, Smith 1.

N. Iredell       11     9       7       14    41

E. Rowan      16      10    15     15 —   56


West boys

MOUNT ULLA — Statesville knocked West Rowan out of a tie for first place in the North Piedmont Conference by beating the Falcons, 70-55, on Tuesday.

Jeremiah Mott led the Greyhounds (8-9, 2-2 NPC) with 17 points. Jalen Gaines made five 3-pointers.

West (9-8, 3-1) got 26 points from Caleb Mauldin, but no one else had more than six. Statesville led 39-20 at the break and was up by as many as 26 points in the second half.


Mott 17, Gaines 15, Knox 13, Davis 6, Moore 6, Gathings 5, Turner 4, White 3, Heckstall-Morales 1.

W. ROWAN (55)

Mauldin 26, Dixon 6, Stolsworth 6, Myers 4,   Brawley 3, Hassard 2, Joseph 2, Tadlock 2, Rankin 2, Sproul 2.

Statesville     16  23  20   11  — 70

W. Rowan       8    12  19   16—  55

East girls

GRANITE QUARRY — East Rowan’s girls didn’t score in the first quarter and lost to North Iredell, 52-13, on Tuesday in North Piedmont Conference play.

East (5-12, 0-4)  was down 27-4 at halftime.

“We struggle to score,” East coach Kevin Holland said. “We didn’t get a lot of good looks early and couldn’t hit the looks we did get. We played pretty good defense in the second quarter, but we  just couldn’t score.”

London Liles led the Raiders (15-3, 3-1) with 20 points. Caroline Houpe scored six to lead East.


Liles 20, Pennell 10, Allen 10, Lalonde 5, Turner 3, Huie 2, Goodin 2.

E. ROWAN (13)

Houpe 6, Winford 3, Fraley 2, A. Harrison 2, H. Harrison, Miller, Mitchell.

N. Iredell       21    6       21       4    52

E. Rowan      0        4      4          5 —   13

North Rowan girls

NEW LONDON — Playing its first game in 11 days, the North Rowan girls basketball team suffered its seventh straight loss.

The Cavaliers fell at North Stanly, 53-47, on Tuesday in Yadkin Valley Conference action.

Myanna Hillie led the Cavaliers (4-12, 3-7 YVC) with 15 points, while Tanajah Robinson and Jaylan Reid scored 12 points each.

Sydney Hinson scored 12 of her game-high 20 points in the second half to lead North Stanly (6-11, 6-3), while Camille Shelton added 18 points.

The Cavaliers were 19-of-67 overall from the field including 4-of-18 at the 3-point line and 5-of-13 at the foul line.

The Cavs built an 8-2 lead over the first 2:16 of the game including back-to-back 3-pointers from Taborn, but went the final 5:42 of the first quarter scoreless, allowing the Comets to pull into a tie.

In the second quarter, the two teams exchanged leads twice early with the Cavs’ Reid scoring six points in a row to put North Rowan ahead, 18-13.

North Stanly pulled within two points before baskets from Taren Sherill and Makiya McDaniel put North Rowan ahead at halftime, 22-16.

North Rowan built a 10-point lead in the third quarter, 26-16, but the Comets slowly chipped away at the lead for the remainder of the period. Hinson beat the buzzer in the third period with a deep 3-pointer to put the Comets ahead, 36-35.

North Rowan twice fought back early in the fourth quarter to take leads, including with 3:33 left on Hillie’s bucket, 44-43.

Taylor Burleson scored her only five points of the game for North Stanly in the next minute, putting North Stanly up for good in the game. The Comets outscored the Cavaliers, 9-0, over the next three minutes.

North Rowan goes on the road Wednesday at South Stanly (5-9, 2-6 YVC).

– Story courtesy of Charles Curcio, Stanly News and Press

NORTH ROWAN (47) — Taborn 4, Robinson 12, Reid 12, Cain 2, Sherrill 2, Hillie 15.

NORTH STANLY (53) — Hinson 20, Shelton 18, Landis 10, Burleson 5.

North Rowan    8    14    13    12 — 47

North Stanly     8     8    20    17 —  53


KANNAPOLIS — Akeena Maxwell scored 14 points as A.L. Brown edged Concord, 46-45, for the Wonders’ first South Piedmont Conference win on Tuesday.

Jala Campbell added 12 for the Wonders, while Jaliah Smoutherson had eight.


In the boys game, Jalen O’Neal made a game-winning shot for Concord at the horn. Concord won, 58-57.


Robinson’s girls nipped Central Cabarrus, 61-59, in a fight for first place in the SPC on Tuesday.

Nevaeh Brown led the Vikings with 19 points, while Sophie Ratzloff scored 18. Jayda Glass scored 25 for the Bulldogs, and Jada McMillan had 21.

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Hickory Ridge head coach Jason Siedel has accepted the head job at Blythewood High in Columbia, S.C.

Middle school hoops

Varsity championship games are set for today at Southeast.

Erwin’s  top-seeded girls play No. 3 seed Knox at 4:30 p.m. Mooresville’s top-seeded boys play No. 2 seed North Rowan at 6 p.m.


In junior varsity action, Knox’s boys won against North Rowan, 52-43.

Jayden “Juke” Harris scored 25 for the Trojans.  Christopher Toomer Jr. scored 13, and J’Mikaah Wells had 10.


Erwin’s girls won against Corriher-Lipe, 31-14. Lindsey Cook scored eight, Peyton Whicker had seven, Icesis Nwaford had seven, and Hannah Waddell scored six.

Abby Bruce scored six to lead the Yellow Jackets.



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