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Area Sports Briefs: South boys stun Thomasville

From staff reports

LANDIS — South Rowan’s boys basketball team got its best win of the season on Tuesday, knocking off Thomasville, one of the Central Carolina Conference’s better squads.

Brenden Finger scored 14 to lead a 53-44 South victory.

“We controlled tempo, really slowed Thomasville down,” South coach Andre McCain said. “That was the key for us. Plus, we defended better than we have been and we rebounded better. We limited them to one shot a lot.”

South (4-16, 4-11) had lost at Thomasville (9-8, 8-5) early in the season, 77-49.

South had a lot of contributors, with Elijah Gaskin and Barrett Thompson scoring nine each.

Jarron Hines had eight, while Andrew Jones and Logan Carter scored six apiece.

Jordan Williams scored 13 to pace the Bulldogs.

It was a big win as far as South finishing in the top eight and qualifying for the CCC tournament.

“Absolutely it was our best performance of the season,” McCain said.

S. Rowan        6   13   17   17     53

Thomasville    7   14   10   13  — 44 

West boys

MOUNT ULLA — A career-high 14 points by Jonny Hassard wasn’t enough to stop South Iredell’s boys from beating West Rowan.

The Vikings were in control all the way on Tuesday and beat West, 72-54.

Zack Brawley scored eight for the Falcons (3-17, 1-6), who  were missing two players due to the flu.

Greg Liechty scored 20, while Ty Everhart had 19 for South Iredell (12-7, 5-2).

S. IREDELL (72) — Liechty 20, Everhart 19, Edds 10, Dulin 6, Dowdy 6,  Aeschliman 6, Barnette 5.

W. ROWAN (54)  Hassard 14, Brawley 8, B. Moss 7, Stolsworth 7, Tadlock 6, Butler 5, Wood 4, Ford 3.

S. Iredell     24   17   12   19   — 72

W. Rowan   14  14   8      18   — 54

North boys

SPENCER — Brevin Goodlett scored 15 of his 23 points in the first quarter, as North Rowan routed Yadkin Valley Conference opponent West Montgomery on Tuesday.

Goodlett made three 3-pointers for the first nine points of the game and North cruised, 72-29.

Dayjuwon Cooke scored 15, and David Broaddus had 11.

“Brevin was hot early, Cooke was his usual steady self, and Broaddus and Quintous Smith had their best games of the season,” North coach Jason Causby said. “Quintous gave us a lot of energy on both ends of the court.  Derrick Page did a good job of getting us into our offensive sets and keyed our defense.”

Seventh-ranked North (18-2, 13-0) clinched a tie for first place in the league and won its 11th in a row.

North led 47-14 at halftime.

“The entire team played about as well as we could expect within the framework of the team even when the score was out of hand,” Causby said. “That proves we have a mature team and  that could allow us to go far in the postseason.”

West Montgomery (8-10, 4-9) got nine points each from QJ Drake and  TJ Parter.

W. MONTGOMERY (29) — Parter 9, Drake 9, Little 5, Leake 3, Clausell 2, Wilson 1.

N. ROWAN (72) — Goodlett 23, Cooke 15, Broaddus 11, Smith 6, Page 5, Davis 5, White 4, Wilson 3, Goodes, Robinson, Bacon, Stoner.

W. Montgomery 7    7   8   7   — 29

N. Rowan           24  23  13  12 — 72

Salisbury boys

WALLBURG —  Walker Lackey scored 20 points as Ledford knocked off second-place Salisbury in a Central Carolina Conference game on Tuesday, 55-48.

Chad Dorrill added 15 points for the Panthers (12-8, 9-6) and Robert Little contributed 12.

Cam Gill led Salisbury (14-6, 12-3) with 10 points.

Davie boys

MOCKSVILLE — Owen McCormack twisted an ankle and didn’t play in the second half, but Michael Walton stepped forward with 31 points for Davie County on Tuesday.

The senior led the War Eagles (19-1, 7-0) to a 67-52 Central Piedmont Conference win against West Forsyth.

SPC boys

Ranked No. 1 in 3A, Cox Mill (20-1, 8-0) stayed unbeaten in the South Piedmont Conference with an 83-53 win at home against second-place A.L. Brown (16-5, 4-3).

Salisbury girls 

WALLBURG — Central Carolina Conference frontrunner Salisbury lost at second-place Ledford on Tuesday.

Surging Ledford (15-5, 12-3) won 49-45 to move within one game of the Hornets in the CCC standings.

Catawba recruit Lyrik Thorne led the Panthers with 31 points, and Ashlyn Roark had 10.

Bryanna Troutman led Salisbury (17-3, 13-2) with 17 points, while Rachel McCullough added 14.

“We came back and got the lead in the third quarter, but then we did a poor job of executing,” Salisbury coach Lakai Brice said. “Hats off to Ledford. They played hard and wanted it more.”

East-Carson girls 

GRANITE QUARRY —  Maci Cooper and Victoria Post got hot in the second quarter, as Carson pulled away from East Rowan in a North Piedmont Conference game on Tuesday.

Carson (20-1, 6-1) won 58-30, and is alone in first place in the tough NPC.

Carson led 17-9 after a quarter, then swamped the Mustangs with a 23-point second quarter.

“It took us a while to get going, but Maci and Victoria scored very efficiently  and we  had a really good second quarter,” Carson coach Brooke Stouder said.

Cooper shot 4-for-6 on 3-pointers for the game and scored 16 points to match her career high. McKenzie Gadson had 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

Ellie Wilhelm, Lani Isley and Taylor Conrad combined for 10 steals.

“It’s a lot tougher playing on the road, and East plays very hard and is a much improved team,” Stouder said. “We just played really well. This was one of our better team efforts from all 10 girls.”

Freshman Mary Spry led the Mustangs (12-8, 1-6) with 11 points and double-digit rebounds.

“We played decent in the first quarter, but the second quarter was a different story,” East coach Kevin Holland said. “In the second quarter, they turned up the defensive pressure and they made five 3-pointers. That’s their game.”

East is going through a tough stretch. It’s been been a hard road against West Rowan, Statesville, North Iredell and Carson in the NPC.

“It has been a tough stretch and I wish we were playing better, but I don’t think it’s as bad as it seems,” Holland said. “Those teams that we’ve been losing to — no one beats those teams except when they play each other.”

CARSON (58) — Cooper 16, Gadson 13, Post 8, Co. Perry 7, Wilhelm 5, L. Isley 3, Conrad 2, H. Isley 2, Gamewell 2, Hales.

E. ROWAN (30) — Spry 11, Eagle 5, Mitchell 5, Houpe 4, Harrison 3, Honeycutt 2.

Carson        17   23    10   8   — 58

W. Rowan    9    4      6    11   — 30

Jayvee girls

Carson won against East Rowan on Tuesday, 33-17.

Iyonna Parker scored 14 for the Cougars, while Makayla Johnson had eight.

Defensive standouts for Carson were Allie Burns and Riley Isley.

Makenzie Misenheimer had eight for the Mustangs.


West Rowan’s girls lost to South Iredell, 31-26.

Dreamah Mason and Jenna Wheeler led the Falcons.

West girls

MOUNT ULLA — West Rowan jumped all over South Iredell early and romped to a 58-18 running-clock North Piedmont Conference victory on Tuesday.

Mary Sobataka hit four early 3-pointers as West (16-4, 4-3)  took a 31-2 lead after a quarter. The Falcons were up 48-4 at halftime.

Sobataka finished with six 3-pointers and 21 points. Abigail Wilson scored 14, while Kia Pharr had nine.

Sarah Nelson scored eight to pace the Vikings (4-13, 0-6).

S. IREDELL (18) — Nelson 8, Mercer 4, King 3, Brown 3, LaBelle, Kimmel.

W. ROWAN (58) — Sobataka 21, Wilson 14, Pharr 9, Connolly 4, Blabon 3, Ta. Robbins 2, Arnott 2, Poole 2, Te, Robbins 1, Haggas, Hoffner.

S. Iredell     2        2   5    9   — 18

W. Rowan   31    18  1   8     58

North girls

SPENCER — North Rowan’s girls won their fifth in a row on Tuesday, breezing  to a 47-24 Yadkin Valley Conference win against West Montgomery.

Natavia Taborn scored 13 for the Cavaliers (12-9, 10-3). Jamiya Daniels scored 10, and Makiya McDaniel, Hannah Wilkerson and Darlissa Robbins scored four each.

Ki’Mya Lynch scored four, and Taren Sherrill had two.

“Some good shots didn’t fall for us early and we started slow,” North coach Lamar Wilkerson said. “But our defense kept us in the game until we got our offense going. It’s another win, and we’re finishing the season strong.”

South girls

LANDIS — The big news wasn’t that South Rowan star Janiya Downs scored 36 points, it was that her teammates provided 20 on Tuesday.

The Raiders needed all of them to pull out a 56-53 overtime win against Thomasville, one of the bottom teams in the Central Carolina Conference.

“That was the priority,” South coach Stacy Ellis said. “We need other girls contributing on both ends of the court and they did that tonight.”

Thomasville (3-14, 2-11) also played the Raiders  (12-9, 11-4) tough in Thomasville.

Mahkayla Hart scored 17 for the Bulldogs. Jada Gainey scored 14, and Emily Gales had 12.

THOMASVILLE (53)   Hart 17, Gainey 14, Gales 12, Little 5, Lee 5.

S. ROWAN (56) — Downs 36, Shell 4, Butler 4, McGuire 3, Littlejohn 3, A. Chabala 2, Rymer 2, Moore 2.

Thomasville     15   13   9  10   6   — 53

S. Rowan           15   14  12   6   9   — 56


Local golf

Sixty-six GARS members played a Captain’s Choice at Corbin Hills.

Three teams tied for first place with a minus 9.

The team of Phil Cauble, Ralph Luther, David Scearce and Ralph Luther won the scorecard playoff over the  second-place team of Donnie Burris, Jerry Teter John Mitchell and Ted Weant and the third-place team of Johnny Shook, Gerald Osborne, David Adams and Bob Niekras.

The team of Don Bishop, Ken Miller, Don Martin, and Bob Sidden took  fourth place with a minus 8.

The handicap winners were team Weant, Burris, Teter and Mitchell.

Closest to the pin on No. 2 was won by Keith Holloway.  Longest putt on #9 hole was made by Ralph Brown.


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