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Area Sports: Catawba women use depth to win SAC opener

From staff reports

SALISBURY — Catawba’s women’s basketball team got out-rebounded and was awful on 3-pointers — 3-for-20 — and it still didn’t matter.

Catawba handled Newberry for a 73-55 South Atlantic Conference win on Tuesday at Goodman Gym.

The key stats for the deep Indians were 33 points off the bench and a 28-15 advantage in the turnover battle.

Catawba trailed by seven early but took a five-point lead at halftime and opened the second half with a 7-0 run.

Taisha DeShazo was cold on 3-pointers but scored 17 for the Indians (5-0, 1-0). Shemya Stanback had 14 points on 7-for-9 shooting, while Keyotta Garris shot 4-for-5. Talia Barnes had nine rebounds. Lyrik Thorne had three assists and zero turnovers.

Keli Romas scored 15  for the Wolves (3-3, 0-1).

NEWBERRY (55) — Romas 15, Virgo 11, Roberts 11, Gates 6, McDermott 6, Wiseley 4, Brett 2.

CATAWBA (73) — DeShazo 17, Stanback 14, Garris 9, Thorne 8, Barnes 7, Ford 4, Hallman 4, McIntosh 4, Wampler 3, Phillips 3,  Sawyers, Gardner, Bruce, Tucker.

Newberry 11  17  11  16  — 55

Catawba      8  25  21  19  — 73

West girls roll

MOUNT ULLA — West Rowan’s girls jumped out to a 24-0 lead after a quarter and cruised to a 51-16 win against a young Davie County squad on Tuesday.

Gabby Blabon and Taylor Poole both made two 3-pointers in the first quarter, as West opened the season with a smooth victory.

Abigail Wilson scored 12 points for the Falcons, while Whitley Arnott had 11.

Elizabeth Johnson scored seven for the War Eagles (0-2).

DAVIE (16) — E. Johnson 7, Devericks 3, L. Dirks 2, Lewis 1, Dowdell 1, Allen 1, Tatum 1.

WEST ROWAN (51) — Wilson 12, Arnott 11,  Blabon 7, Poole 6, Cuthbertson 6, Connolly 5,  Durham 2, Spicer 2, Haggas, Watkins, Mason,  Roach.

Davie                0      3    3    10  — 16

W. Rowan        24  12   13   2    51

Carson girls win

KANNAPOLIS — Carson’s girls trailed until the last two minutes but finally pulled out a 56-50 win at A.L. Brown.

“They’re a much improved team,” Carson coach Brooke Stouder said. “And we didn’t play with our usual energy and intensity until the very end. We could not get going for a long time and put  put ourselves in a really tough situation.”

Jaliah Smoutherson carried the Wonders, making nine 3-pointers and scoring 29 points.

‘We just kept losing her and she had the hot hand,” Stouder said.

Carson’s Hannah Isley took three charges and got Jala Campbell, who scored 28 for the Wonders on Monday, in foul trouble.

Colbie Perry hit the 3-pointer that finally gave Carson its first lead with about 90 seconds left.

Carson (2-0) held the Wonders (1-2) to three points in the fourth quarter.

Lani Isley made a big steal with Carson leading by two. Ellie Wilhelm made four key free throws late.

“The good thing was we did make a lot of critical plays at the end when we had to,” Stouder said.

Wilhelm led the Cougars with 12 points. Colbie Perry had 11, Maci Cooper had nine, and Hannah Isley and  Carleigh Perry scored eight each.

Wilhelm and Taylor Conrad had seven rebounds each.

Jaliyah Simmons had 10 for the Wonders.

CARSON (56) — Wilhelm 12, Co. Perry 11, Cooper 9, Ca. Perry 8. H. Isley 8, L. Isley 6, Conrad 2, Post.

A.L. BROWN (50) — Smoutherson 29, Simmons 10, Campbell 7, Yow 4, Grant, Corpening, Green, Brim.

Carson                15  15  16  10    56

A.L. Brown        19  15   13   3     50

East girls strong

GRANITE QUARRY — East Rowan’s girls rolled against Central Cabarrus on Tuesday in a non-conference game.

“I thought it was going to be a grinder,” East coach Kevin Holland said. “But we jumped out early and set the tone. It probably helped us that it was Central’s first game.”

East won with unexpected ease, 63-30.  Central (0-1) is expected to be very good with its top three players returning from a 17-9 team that went 10-0 in the South Piedmont Conference.

“It was a great team effort,”   Holland said. “We came out and knocked down a couple of shots and that gave us a lot of confidence.”

The Mustangs (3-0) got double-doubles from Mary Spry (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Adalie Harrison (18 points, 10 rebounds).

“Adalie controlled the game and did a great job of  defending a point guard who lit us up last year,” Holland said. “Adalie was determined not to let that happen again. And Mary had a great game in the post. She played strong and aggressive all the way through.”

Harrison had four assists. Leah Hinceman pulled down 11 rebounds, while Grace Eagle scored an efficient 10 points. Everyone played defense.

“Our defense was the best it’s been this year,” Holland said. “Central is always good and Coach (Brandon) Blalock always does a great job. This was just a night when we put together four good quarters.”

C. CABARRUS (30) — J. Miller 9, Case 9, Barrie 6, Knight 2, Tate 2, McDonald 2.

E. ROWAN (63) —Spry 20, Harrison 18, Eagle 10, Hinceman 6, Honeycutt 4, Houpe 2, McPherson 2, L.Miller 1, Dalton, Ali, Nwafor, Jones.

C. Cabarrus      10     2  12   6  — 30

E. Rowan           21  12   15 15 — 63

Carson boys fall

KANNAPOLIS — Sophomore Kheni Briggs scored 32 points to lead A.L. Brown to an 84-68 win against Carson on Tuesday.

Nick Colson added 18 for the Wonders (1-0).

EJ Clark scored 26 for the Cougars (0-2). AJ Mauldin had 21, while Javon Smith scored 11.

“We moved the ball a lot better, but we won’t win many games playing to 80,” Carson coach Brian Perry said.  “A.L. Brown is really good. I know they’ve got some tough guys for anyone to match up with, but we’ve got to do a much better job defensively.”

CARSON (68) — Clark 26, Mauldin 21, Smith 11, Allen 4, Zuniga 3, Taylor 3, Burleyson, Smith, Harris, Burris, Blackwelder.

A.L. BROWN (84) — Briggs 32, Colson 18, Smith-Walker 10, Grier 9, Moore 9, Glenn 4, Eccles 2, Wilson, Chapman, McCoy, Fogge.

Carson         17   14  19  18   — 68

A.L. Brown   21  23  21   19  — 84

Jayvee girls

Carson won 37-4 against A.L. Brown on Tuesday.

Camden Corley had 17 points, and Alayah White scored seven. The defensive standout was Allie Burns.

Local golf

GARS members played at Lexington Golf Club.

Low ‘A’ Flight player was Phil Cauble with a net of 66.59.

Low ‘B’ Flight player was Lynn Shook with a net of 67.46.

Low ‘C’ Flight player was Andy Griffin with a net of 67.39.

Low ‘D’ Flight player was Randy Edwards with a net of 67.67.

Larry Petrea shot low gross score with a 73 and Phil Cauble won low net.

HS wrestling

Salisbury will host a Thanksgiving wrestling tournament that starts at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

College wrestling

UNC Pembroke’s Brandon Sloop (Carson) won a decision at 184 to help the Braves beat Limestone, 20-19, on Tuesday.

College football

Gardner-Webb running back Jayln Cagle (A.L. Brown) made the All-Big South Conference second team.

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