High school girls basketball: Carson stays unbeaten
From staff reports
Girls roundup …
CHINA GROVE — Carson kept rolling on Friday, smashing East Rowan, 66-27, for a North Piedmont Conference win.
Carson is the first Rowan girls team to start 16-0 since Salisbury stampeded to a perfect 29-0 season in 2009-10.
The Cougars (2-0 NPC) won for the sixth straight time against the Mustangs, one of their bigger rivals. Carson has overpowered East mostly on the defensive end. East has scored 13, 26, 14, 24, 13 and 27 in those six contests.
“We did hold them down some, but East is a much-improved team,” said Carson coach Brooke Stouder, a 2000 East graduate. “They play very hard and they have more people that can score than they’ve had the previous two seasons. Fortunately, we did a good job of pressuring the ball and contesting their shooters.”
Carson started slowly on Friday.
“It was 6-4 for the longest time, but then we finally had a little run at the end of the first quarter and it turned out to be a game of runs for us,,” Stouder said. “Our offense came in spurts tonight. We wouldn’t score for a stretch, but then we’d get a flurry of points in a short time.”
That’s the nature of Carson’s offense, which does much of its damage from the 3-point line.
McKenzie Gadson, Colbie Perry, Carleigh Perry, Taylor Conrad, Ellie Wilhelm and Maci Cooper — that’s six players — have led Carson’s scoring in different games this season.
Carson got a season-high 16 from Cooper against East and she tied her career high. She made four 3-pointers.
Conrad scored 14, making three 3-pointers and shooting 5-for-6 from the floor. Anderson recruit Gadson was in double figures for the 15th time this season and scored 15.
Lani Isley did a lot of the ball-handling for the Cougars and shot 3-for-3 from the field. She had four steals. Nancy Gamewell came off the bench to grab five rebounds.
Freshman Mary Spry scored 10 for East, her third straight game in double figures. Grace Eagle scored eight for coach Kevin Holland’s Mustangs (11-4, 0-2).
EAST (27) — Spry 10, Eagle 8, Houpe 2, Honeycutt 2, Winford 2, Mitchell 2, Harrison 1.
CARSON (66) — Cooper 16, Gadson 15, Conrad 14, Ca. Perry 8, Isley 6, Co. Perry 5, Wilhelm 2, Post, Hales, Gamewell.
East 4 10 9 4 — 27
Carson 14 25 20 7 — 66
SPENCER — North Rowan’s girls won again on Friday and stayed in a tie for second place in the Yadkin Valley Conference.
North prevailed 54-43 with its best offensive production since November.
“We played with a real sense of urgency,” North coach Lamar Wilkerson said. “South Davidson came out in a tough press, but we did a good job to beat it. We showed them some different looks offensively and played some great team basketball.”
North (7-8, 5-2) finished 7-17 a year ago, but has made some strides this season under first-year coach Wilkerson. It’s a young team that is getting a lot of production from sophomore Natavia Taborn and freshman Hannah Wilkerson.
Taborn scored 19 against the Wildcats, while Wilkerson had 15. Makiya McDaniel, another sophomore, scored eight.
South Davidson (6-8, 4-3) was one of the teams tied for second with the Cavaliers entering the game.
North Rowan scoring — Taborn 19, Wilkerson 15, McDaniel 8, Shoaf 4, Robbins 4, Sherrill 3.
TROUTMAN — Wild doesn’t begin to describe West Rowan’s visit to South Iredell on Friday.
It was a game of crazy runs. West finished on a 28-4 spree to come from behind and beat the Vikings in a North Piedmont Conference game, 72-56.
Early on, it looked like it might be a routine road win for the Falcons (14-1, 2-0), who bolted to a 19-5 lead at the outset.
But South Iredell (4-9, 0-2) got hot from 3-point range and dominated the second quarter. The Falcons led 35-30 at halftime.
Foul trouble mounted for the Falcons in the third quarter, and South Iredell appeared to be taking over the game. With six minutes left to play, West was down by eight points, 44-36, and had been outscored 39-17 since that hot start.
But the Falcons finished with an amazing surge, got the lead and made free throws to turn it into a deceivingly final score.
Abigail Wilson continued her strong play with 25 points. She’s scored 20 or more 13 times this season and had 14 and 18 before sitting down early in two lopsided romps against North Rowan.
Senior Mary Sobataka had an off game with eight points, but junior guards Taylor Poole (15) and Gabby Blabon (11) had big ones.
Sobataka has scored 975 career points.
For the Vikings, Lydia Mercer and Addison Labelle scored 14 apiece. Sarah Nelson scored 12.
West is off to its best start since the 2012-13 team that included Shay Steele, Nycieko Dixon, Khaila Hall and Alison Sobataka won 19 of its first 20 games in 2012-13.
WEST (72) — Wilson 25, Poole 15, Blabon 11, Sobataka 8, Connolly 5, Arnott 4, Pharr 4,
S. IREDELL (56) — Mercer 14, Labelle 14, Nelson 12, Hauser 4, Bell 4, King 3, Brown 3, Wightman 2.
W. Rowan 22 13 9 28 — 72
S. Iredell 9 21 18 8 — 56
A.L. Brown’s girls lost at home to Cox Mill, 43-34, on Friday in South Piedmont Conference action.
The Wonders (0-14, 0-2) got 13 points from Jala Campbell and 10 from Jaliah Smoutherson.
Carrie Webb scored 10 for the Chargers.
Cox Mill (9-6, 2-0) is tied for first with Central Cabarrus.
Davie County (5-9, 0-1) lost at R.J. Reynolds, 49-36, in the Central Piedmont Conference opener for both teams on Friday.
Other varsity games
Central Cabarrus won easily against Northwest Cabarrus, 53-31, on Friday.
Aniyah Tate led the Vikings (8-7, 2-0) with 15 points, Mariah Barrie scored 14, and Demi Case had 12.
Aliciah Fields scored 10 for the Trojans (5-9, 1-1).
Butler (13-1, 5-0) beat Hickory Ridge (11-2, 4-1) in a matchup of 4A powerhouses on Friday, 58-53.
UNC recruit Nia Daniel scored 23 for the Bulls and pulled down nine rebounds. Lauren Ruggiero had 12 points and 10 boards.
Michaela Funderburk led the Bulldogs with 16 points.
East Davidson 52, Oak Grove 21
Ledford 62, North Davidson 51
Thomasville 49, Lexington 40
West Davidson 61, Central Davidson 48
Salisbury 71, South Rowan 49
Carson 66, East Rowan 27
West Rowan 72, South Iredell 56
North Iredell 54, Statesville 23
Gray Stone 44, Uwharrie Charter 27
North Rowan 54, South Davidson 43
North Moore at South Stanly
West Montgomery at North Stanly
Cox Mill 43, A.L. Brown 34
Central Cabarrus 53, NW Cabarrus 31
Concord 60, Robinson 54
Glenn 48, Reagan 31
East Forsyth 47, West Forsyth 38
R.J. Reynolds 49, Davie County 36
Carson’s strong jayvees won against East Rowan, 40-19, on Friday.
Hannah Isley led the Cougars with 11 points, while Camden Corley had seven.
Defensive standouts for Carson included Allie Burns and Riley Isley.
Olivia McCray scored eight for the Mustangs.
Jayvees, West Rowan
West Rowan lost at South Iredell, 34-17, in NPC jayvee girls action.
Megyn Spicer led the Falcons with seven points.
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