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Area Sports: North girls win; Livingstone drops 2 to Broncos

From staff reports

KANNAPOLIS — North Rowan’s girls  basketball team won a close one, 51-48, at A.L. Brown on Monday.

“We beat a good team that has size and shooters,” North coach Lamar Wilkerson said. “Rebounding and defense were the keys.”

Hannah Wilkerson had 15 points and 10 rebounds to spark the Cavaliers (3-1). Natavia Taborn scored 11.  Makiya McDaniel had eight points and five rebounds. Kamora Cannie had five points and four steals. Chloee Stoner had five points and five rebounds, and Kimya Lynch added  three points.

For the Wonders (2-4), Jala Campbell led the way with 15 points. Jaliyah Simmons scored 12, Jaliah Smoutherson had nine, and Alanna Green scored six.

HS softball

West Rowan’s Whitley Arnott, the Rowan County   and North Piedmont Confererence Pitcher of the Year last spring, has signed with Catawba’s softball program.

Livingstone men

FAYETTEVILLE — A cold-shooting Livingstone team lost at Fayetteville State, 71-63, in CIAA action on Monday.

Livingstone shot 34.8 percent from the floor and went 12-for-25 at the foul line and 5-for-18 on 3-pointers.

Livingstone had a big edge in the turnover battle (23-11), but  Fayetteville State (9-0, 3-0) ruled the boards.

Roger Ray scored 23 points for the Blue Bears  (7-3, 3-1). Lydell Elmore and Jalen Fykes scored 10 apiece.

Mark Burton led the Broncos with 16 points.

Livingstone women

FAYETTEVILLE — Fayetteville State shot a solid 52 percent from the floor and rolled by Livingstone, 83-63, here Monday night in college women’s basketball action.

FSU improves to 3-5 and 2-0 in the CIAA. LC falls to 3-5 and 1-3.

The Broncos made 34-of-65 shots, including 5-for-5 from 3-point range. Trailing, 19-13, after the first quarter, FSU outscored the Blue Bears, 70-44, the rest of the game.

Fayetteville turned the game around with a 28-15 second quarter, taking a 41-36 halftime lead.

Alyssa Thompson led the Broncos with 19 points, followed by Shantel Bennett (16), Katisha Hyman (15) and Aminata Johnson (14).

Daijah Turner scored 22 points to lead LC and Victoria Onozie followed with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Blue Bears’ trio of Daisa Harris, Darra Walker and Adel Allen, who normally lead the scoring, was held to sub-par games. Walker managed 10 points but Harris (8) and Allen (5), both shot the ball poorly.

Livingstone returns to action next Monday, traveling to CIAA opponent Bowie State for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.

LIVINGSTONE (63) — Turner 22, Harris 8, Allen 5, Walker 10, Campbell 2, Onozie 16, Papakonstantinou.

FAYETTEVILLE STATE (83) — Flowers, A. Thompson 19, Faison 7, Bennett 16, Hyman 15, L. Thompson 6, Davis 2, Lucas, Romulus, Johnson 14, Wheless 4.

Livingstone          19    17       7    20 — 63

Fayetteville St.     13    28    17     25 — 83

Mid. school girls

North Rowan’s girls won 45-8 against China Grove to finish the regular season.

Dasia Elder scored 11. Demya Phifer scored nine, and Brittany Ellis had eight. Bailee Goodlett scored six, and Bloom Goodlett had five.

North Rowan and West Rowan tied for first with 13-1 records.

The tournament is coming up next week.




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