Area Sports Briefs: Downs honored by NCHSAA
From staff reports
South Rowan senior basketball player Janiya Downs was honored by the NCHSAA as its female performer of the week.
Downs surpassed 2,000 career points with a double-double in the Raiders’ 51-32 home win against Oak Grove.
Then she broke the modern county scoring record with 52 points in a 76-72 win against North Davidson. Downs had a triple-double in that game with 17 rebounds and 10 steals.
Downs is averaging 31 points per game.
Downs, who also stars in volleyball and track and field, was Rowan County Female Athlete of the Year as a junior. She was county player of the year for basketball as a sophomore and co-player of the year as a junior.
• Bunn senior wrestler Jordy Lopez was honored as the male performer of the week. He led his team to its first conference championship.
A.L. Brown’s basketball teams swept a South Piedmont Conference doubleheader at Concord’s Rimer Gym on Tuesday.
A.L. Brown’s boys (15-4, 3-2) won 77-72 to move into second place in the SPC.
Amare Haynie scored 21 points for the Wonders, Amari Grier had 20, Kheni Briggs scored 13, and JD Glenn added 11.
• Jala Campbell scored 23 points to lead A.L. Brown’s girls (3-15, 2-3) to their third straight win.
Jaliyah Simmons, Jill Brim and Kaylee Yow also had big games for the Wonders.
HS girls basketball
Armani Baldwin scored 18 points and Zycoria Tillman had 13 as Albemarle’s girls beat North Moore in a YVC game on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs (18-1, 11-0) are ranked third in 1A.
Central Cabarrus stayed unbeaten in the SPC with a 69-41 romp against Robinson on Tuesday.
Demi Case led the Vikings (11-7, 5-0) with 26 points, and Aniyah Tate scored 17.
Keyanna Farris scored 18 for the Bulldogs.
Forty-eight GARS members played at Warrior on Monday.
Low ‘A’ Flight player was Franklin Ford with a net of 62.81.
Low ‘B’ Flight player was Bill Reid with a net of 66.15.
Low ‘C’ Flight player was Tommy Ellis with a net of 62.47.
Low ‘D’ Flight player was Ralph Luther with a net of 64.58.
Bernard Caldwell and Larry Petrea tied for low gross with 73s. Ellis won low net.
NC State’s Michael Ogden (Salisbury) and Alexis Galarneau were named the ACC doubles team of the week.
As a doubles team, they have five career wins over nationally ranked opponents.
The Wolfpack plays at home at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center on Feb. 2.
NC State will face North Florida at 11 a.m. and Winthrop at 5 p.m.
Mid. school hoops
Knox’s boys won against Southeast, 49-37.
Dashawn Brown led the Trojans with 18 points, 11 steals and six rebounds.
Timothy Davis III had 12 points. Macari House had nine points and four rebounds. Yohance Connor had five points and six steals.
The Trojans also got good contributions from Shamar Blackburn, Tyree Brown and Daunte Richardson.