Area Sports Briefs: West girls advance to semifinals
From staff reports
TROUTMAN — Abigail Wilson scored a career-best 31 points and led West Rowan’s girls to a 79-45 win against East Rowan in the first round of the North Piedmont Conference Tournament.
South Iredell is hosting the tournament.
In Wilson’s two previous games against East this season, she had scored 30 and 30.
“It feels like we played the same game three times against them,” East coach Kevin Holland said.
East’s defensive gameplan was to pack it in on Wilson and Egypt Alexander and force the Falcons to shoot from outside.
West guards Shyann Vaughters and Taylor Poole combined for 21 points. Vaughters scored 12 with a lot of mid-range shots. Kia Pharr, another powerful post player, scored 11.
“I still thought we played well in the first half,” Holland said. “We were slowing Abigail down for a couple of possessions, but then Caroline Houpe got in foul trouble, and there just wasn’t anything we could do to stop her. We don’t have any size behind Caroline.”
Grace Eagle made three 3-pointers and scored 14 for sixth-seeded East, which finished the season 5-20. Houpe and Adalie Harrison scored nine each.
West (19-6) advanced to a 6 p.m. semifinal on Thursday and will get a fourth shot at second-seeded Carson.
East girls — Eagle 14, A. Harrison 9, Houpe 9, H. Harrison 6, Mitchell 5, Winford 2
West girls — Wilson 31, Vaughters 12, Pharr 11, Poole 9, Sobataka 6, Blabon 4, Robinson 4, Alexander 2.
In the other NPC girls game on Monday, fourth-seeded Statesville edged fifth-seeded South Iredell, 49-43, and ended the Vikings’ season.
Statesville advanced to play top-seeded North Iredell on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
The NPC boys were off Monday, but there are two first-round games today.
Fourth-seeded West Rowan will play in the 6 p.m. game today against fifth-seeded East Rowan.
A boys game between third-seeded Statesville and sixth-seeded North Iredell will follow.
THOMASVILLE — South Rowan’s boys ended the season with a 74-55 loss at Thomasville in the first round of the Central Carolina Conference Tournament.
It was closer than it sounds. South led 27-26 at halftime and was down only five points going to the fourth quarter.
“We were able to slow them down with a zone, but when we got behind in the fourth quarter we had to go after them and the score got away from us,” South coach Andre McCain said.
Seventh-seeded South had beaten second-seeded Thomasville in both regular-season matchups.
Cameron Whiteside scored 19 of his 26 points in the second half to lead the Bulldogs (17-6). Kendrick Breaux had 18.
Zach Powers scored 14 for South. Tyrese Shaver had 12. Dillon Kluttz scored 11.
“We didn’t play bad, but we missed some layups, some chippies, that would have given us a chance,” McCain said.
South finished 7-18, a step forward after winning only one game the previous two seasons combined.
“Our guys got to compete in a conference tournament for the first time in a while,” McCain said. “Our seniors left this program at a better place than when they started.”
South scoring — Powers 14, Shaver 12, Kluttz 11, Graham 6, Childers 5, Finger 3.
Davie County’s third-seeded boys edged No. 6 Glenn, 63-60, to advance to the CPC semifinals. Cooper Wall scored 17 and has 999 career points.
A.L. Brown’s lost to Robinson, 70-56, despite 19 points by Amare Haynie.
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