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Area Sports Briefs: South sweeps; East boys knock off Wonders

From staff reports

LANDIS — South Rowan’s boys basketball team made it three wins in a row by romping against Oak Grove, 78-30, on Wednesday in Central Carolina Conference action.

South (7-14, 7-8) used everyone a lot in the lopsided contest. Reserves Andrew Jones (16 points) and Jarron Hines (11) had big games.

“Those guys are juniors and they’re going to be keys to our team next year,” South coach Andre McCain said. “It was good to see them get a lot of minutes, play well, and boost their confidence.”

Tyrese Shaver scored 15, while Connor Childers and Bailey Graham had 11 each.

Childers made a 3-pointer in the third quarter that brought on a running clock for the remainder of the contest.

Jared Gribble, a 6-3 freshman, led the first-year Grizzlies (0-20, 0-15) with nine points.

OAK GROVE (30) — Gribble 9, Newton 7, Hester 6, Bowen 5, Tuttle 2, Johnson 1.

S. ROWAN  (78) — Jones 16, Shaver 15, Hines 11, Graham 11, Childers 11, Bebber 5, Kluttz 3, Finger 2, Oglesby 2, Powers 2.

Oak Grove      6   14    5    5  — 30

S. Rowan       16  22  24   16 — 78

South girls

LANDIS — South Rowan’s girls basketball team routed Oak Grove, 49-15, on Wednesday in Central Carolina Conference action.

South (14-7, 11-4) won its fifth straight game.

It was a breezy one for the Raiders, who led 49-8 in the third quarter before clearing the bench.

“We played the starters about a quarter and a half,” South coach John Davis said. “Oak Grove is struggling, but they’re really young, it takes some time, and this is a good league.”

South continued to shoot the ball well.  Madison McGuire made  three 3-pointers for the Raiders and scored 14.

Riley Corriher made three 3-pointers and scored 11. Janiya Downs scored 11.  Tazah Hardin had eight, and Whitley Arnott had five, including a rare 3-pointer by the post player.

Jordan Holt, a sophomore guard, led Oak Grove (0-20, 0-15) with five points.

South hosts Lexington on Friday.

OAK GROVE (15) —Holt 5, Ruiz 4, Frady 3, Woodruff 2, Wooten 1.

S, ROWAN  (49) — McGuire 14, Corriher 11, Downs 11, Hardin 8, Arnott 5,  Chabala, Massey, Mullins, Butler, Shell, Rollins.

Oak Grove      4   0    4     7  — 15

S. Rowan       18  16  15  0 —  49

East-Brown boys

GRANITE QUARRY — East Rowan’s boys put three in double figures and beat A.L. Brown, 58-55, on Wednesday in a non-conference game.

“Just a great bounce-back win for us,” said East coach Kurt Misenheimer who watched his team score 30 at Carson on Tuesday. “A.L. Brown is good. They beat Carson and they almost beat (top-ranked) Cox Mill.”

Two of East’s best games have come against A.L. Brown. East won 54-39 in Kannapolis early in the season.

Gabe Hinceman led East  (8-13) with 16 points. Bryson Sprinkle scored 12, and Elton Hooper had 10.

“We shared the ball and ball movement was great,” Misenheimer said. “Bryson and Gabe attacked the paint, hit key shots and made free throws down the stretch. Elton and Brandon Jefferson played off of each other and played great.”

Trevor Scruggs made key shots for the Mustangs. Mark Spry had a four-point play in the first quarter that got East going.

For the Wonders (8-9), Jalen Nixon scored 14 and Ahmod Hester had 12.

“We played disciplined on defense,” Misenheimer said. “Christian Bennett and Hinceman did a good job of defending Hester.”

A.L. BROWN (55) — Nixon 14, Hester 12, Haynie 9, Butler 9, Glenn 8, Chapman 2, Massey 1.

E. ROWAN  (58) — Hinceman 16, Sprinkle 12, Hooper 10, Scruggs 6, Jefferson 5, Bennett 5, Spry 4.   

A.L. Brown     13     13    11        18  — 55

E. Rowan        14      18     10       16—  58

East-Brown girls

GRANITE QUARRY —  Akeena Maxwell scored 15 points and led A.L. Brown’s girls to a 43-26 non-conference win at East Rowan on Wednesday.

The Wonders (4-14) beat East (5-16) for the second time this season.

“We played hard and played really well in spurts,” East coach Kevin Holland said. “But they’re a good bit more athletic than us and dominated their offensive board and doubled us up on the foul line. We also had too many turnovers, and all those things are a tough combination to overcome.”

Brooke Mitchell led the Mustangs with seven points. Grace Eagle scored six. East dropped its eighth straight game.

A.L. BROWN (43) — Maxwell 15, J. Campbell 8, Jackson 6, Hagler 6, Simmons 4, D. Campbell 3, Foster 1, Brim, Smoutherson.

E. ROWAN  (26) — Mitchell 7, Eagle 6, A. Harrison 4, H. Harrison 4, Winford 3, Houpe 2, Fraley.

A.L. Brown     5   14    13   11  — 43

E. Rowan        7      6     6       7—  26

Davie boys

KERNERSVILLE — East Forsyth opened strong, then responded to a mid-game surge from visiting Davie County with withering second-half defensive pressure to seize a 72-61 victory at Jack Musten Gymnasium   on Wednesday.

With the win, the Eagles (15-5, 6-1) moved into a tie for first with R.J. Reynolds.

East Forsyth scored 17 of the game’s first 20 points over the opening six minutes, but Davie came back with a storm of 3-pointers to lead 33-31 at the break.

  Shemar Watkins grabbed 12 rebounds and  contributed four assists and three steals for the Eagles, who were led in scoring by Josh Mahaffey (16 points) for the second straight night. Savon Brintley added 12 points and four assists for the winners.

Troy Griggs and Broc Barnett  led Davie County in scoring with 12 points each. Cooper Wall scored 10.

CCC hoops

North Davidson’s boys won 85-79 against West Davidson on Wednesay in CCC action.

Satchel Hester scored 41 for the Black Knights. Themus Fulks had 24.

Drew Wright led the Green Dragons with 22.

Hester had 32 and Fulks 29 in North Davidson’s amazing  103-101 double-overtime win against Lexington on Tuesday.

Derrick Dearmon scored 37 for the Yellow Jackets.



South boys

THOMASVILLE — Tyrese Shaver scored 23 points to lead South Rowan to an 82-77 overtime win at Thomasville on Tuesday.

It was Shaver’s second-biggest scoring game of the season. He had 31 against Lexington in December.

South finished an unexpected Central Carolina Conference sweep of the Bulldogs.

“We won at the buzzer at our place and now we won at Thomasville, a very tough place to play,” South coach Andre McCain said.

South had lost 10 in a row recently, but it has bounced back in the past week.

“We had some bad luck during that losing streak, but the biggest thing is we got away from playing good team basketball,” McCain said. “We got that back tonight. This was a great team win against a very athletic team.”

Bailey Graham scored 20 for the Raiders, his third 20-point game of the season. Jordan Oglesby had 15.  Brendan Finger scored 13, his biggest night of the season.

Cameron Whiteside, a quick-jumping, 6-foot-4 senior who is tough to keep off the glass, had 36 for the Bulldogs. Nydrick Jenkins scored 11.

“Even though it went to overtime, I thought we controlled most of the game,” McCain said. “We should’ve won it in regulation.”

SOUTH (82) — Shaver 23, Graham 20, Oglesby 15, Finger 13, Powers 6, Childers 5

THOMASVILLE  (77) — Whiteside 36, Jenkins 11,  Breaux 9, Wafford-Rich 7, Williams 6, Cunningham 6.

South            16   19  17  16 14 — 82

Thomasville 17  11  18  22   9 — 77

West Rowan boys

TROUTMAN — South Iredell pounded West Rowan, 74-49, on Tuesday in North Piedmont Conference play.

It was closer than it sounds, but the Vikings pulled away in the fourth quarter. West doesn’t have the manpower or speed to chase, and once the Falcons got down double digits they were in trouble.

West was shorthanded, playing without Jay Joseph and Martavio Rankin, still sitting out after the fracas with Central Cabarrus. Rankin’s ability to make good decisions and break the press had been a key to West upsetting South Iredell recently in Mount Ulla.

Caleb Mauldin led the Falcons with 18 points, scoring in double figures for the 62nd game in a row. Cole Myers scored a career-best 11, and Payne Stolsworth had 10.

Alex Angle scored 22 for the Vikings  (14-5, 4-2).

West was held under 50 points for the third time this season and the second game in a row.

WEST (49) — Mauldin 18, Myers 11, Stolsworth 10, Dixon 4, Brawley 2, Hassard 2, Tadlock 2, Sproul.

S. IREDELL (74) — Angle 22, Everhart 11, Pope 11, Liechty 10, Chaaban 8, Gaither 7, Oglietti 3, Clark 2.

WR      15   17  11 16 — 49

SI         18  16  14  26— 74

Carson-East boys

CHINA GROVE — Carson’s boys got off to a sizzling start and buried East Rowan, 66-30 in North Piedmont Conference action on Tuesday.

The Cougars  stayed on top in the NPC with the victory.

Jamarius Hairston hit two 3-pointers to get the Cougars started and finished with 21 points.

Cameron Prugh had his biggest game since opening night with 15 points. Jailen Williams and Cole Perry added 10 each in the running-clock romp. Perry had a dunk to close the third quarter.

Carson led 28-10 after a quarter and had the game well in hand, 45-18, at halftime.

Christian Bennett and  Elton Hooper scored six each to lead the Mustangs.

Carson has won eight straight meetings with the Mustangs. The 30 points was a season low for East.

EAST (30) — Hooper 6, Bennett 6, Scruggs 5, Sprinkle 4,  Spry 3, Torrence 3, Hinceman 2, Jefferson 1.

CARSON (66) — Hairston 21, Prugh 15, Perry 10, Williams 10, White 5, Bates 3, Jackson 2, Wike, Zuniga, Hales, Dunn, Sifford.

East           10   8    6   6  — 30

Carson        28  17  16  5— 66

North boys

MOUNT GILEAD— North Rowan’s boys racked up an easy road win on Tuesday in the Yadkin Valey Conference, overpowering West Montgomery, 72-38.

  Dayjuwon Cooke scored 17 to lead the Cavaliers, Freshman Xzavier Davis had a breakout game with 14 and Brevin Goodlett added 13 for the Cavaliers (11-8, 10-3).

Terrell Baldwin scored 12 for the Warriors (3-13, 3-7).

NORTH (72) — Cooke 17, Davis 14, Goodlett 13, Clement 8, Page 8, Colson 7,  Q. Smith 4, Goodes 2, Broaddus, Stoner.

W. MONTGOMERY (38) — Baldwin 12, T. Smith 6,  T. Parter 5, Britt 4, Clausell 3, Hinson 3, Horne 3, Wilson 1, Lafirand 1, Chandler, Q. Parter.

North                       13  20   23  16 —  72

W. Montgomery     6   13  14  11  — 38

North girls

MOUNT GILEAD— North Rowan’s girls almost were winless in January, but they got a lift from the return of Bea  Connor and pounded West Montgomery,  63-38, for a Yadkin Valley Conference road win on Tuesday.

North (5-15, 4-9) got 22 points from Connor, 14 from Makiya McDaniel and  10 from Natavia Taborn and ended a 10-game skid.


South girls

THOMASVILLE — Still flying under the radar, but South Rowan’s girls are putting together a nice season.

South (13-7, 10-4) won with relative ease at Thomasville on Tuesday, taking a  55-36 Central Carolina Conference win and finishing a season sweep of the Bulldogs.

“We played a pretty terrible first half, but we followed it with a great second half,” South coach John Davis said. “We only had 21 points at halftime, but we got refocused and we played a lot better. We moved the ball, we got good looks, and when we do that, we’re pretty tough to beat.”

South settled the issue with a 25-point third quarter. Janiya Downs led South with 18 points. Riley Corriher scored 14, Tazah Hardin had 10, and Madison McGuire, who opened the game by making an outside shot, had eight.

“Madison is getting a lot of confidence in her shot now,” Davis said.

Thomasville star Dee Long got in foul trouble and finished with 12 points for the Bulldogs (9-9, 6-8). She didn’t score in the second half.

SOUTH (55) — Downs 18, Corriher 14, Hardin 10, McGuire 8, Arnott 4, Rollins 1, Chabala, Massey, Mullins, Butler, Shell.

THOMASVILLE (36) — Long 12, Gates 6, Stegenga 6, Billie 5, Wilson 5, Hart 2.

South           13  8   25  9  — 55

Thomasville  9  12   6   9 — 36

West girls

TROUTMAN — West Rowan’s girls overcame deep foul trouble and lots of adversity on Tuesday and escaped with a 64-57 North Piedmont Conference overtime victory at South Iredell.

West’s top two scorers, Abigail Wilson and Egypt Alexander, were mired in foul trouble early in the third quarter.

South Iredell took advantage, erased a West lead and went in front, but the Falcons came back in the fourth quarter to force overtime and then dominated the extra period.

Kia Pharr, a backup post player, was a huge part of West’s win. With Wilson and Alexander saddled with fouls, she  matched her career high with 13 points.

South Iredell (4-15, 1-5) got 18 points from Lydia Mercer and 14 from Sarah Nelson.

Wilson and Alexander scored 17 apiece despite their foul issues.

West            12   18  11  14   9 — 64

S. Iredell      9     15  13 18    2  — 57

Carson-East girls

CHINA GROVE — Carson’s ninth-ranked girls raced to a 22-3 lead after a quarter and won 56-13 against East Rowan on Tuesday.

“We played a lot of people, and everyone contributed,” Carson coach Brooke Stouder said. “We didn’t play very well Friday, so it was good to get back out there and try to do better. We stayed focused, and we executed. It was a good team win.”

Freshman Colbie Perry led the Cougars  with 12 points. Olivia Gabriel had nine, Taylor Conrad eight, and McKenzie Gadson six.

Ten Cougars scored.

Adalie Harrison left the game early after being hit in the head but scored five points to lead the Mustangs.

EAST (13) — A. Harrison 5, H. Harrison 3, Fraley 3, Eagle 2, Houpe, Winford, Mitchell.

CARSON (56) — Perry 12, Gabriel 9, Conrad 8, Gadson 6, Turney 6, Fesperman 5, Wilhelm 3, Cooper 3, Jolly 2, Gamewell 2, Isley, Wiggins, Shumaker.

East              3     6    2    2   — 13

Carson        22  15  12  7  — 56



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