Area Sports: Catawba men fall to L-R

Published 11:02 pm Saturday, January 18, 2020

From staff reports

Catawba’s men’s basketball team lost to hot-shooting Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday at Goodman Gym.

Devin Cooper scored a career-high 37 for the Indians, but they still fell to the Bears, 91-85.

Cooper shot 6-for-8 on 3-pointers and made all seven of his free throws.

Daquan Lilly scored 14 for the Indians.

It was Catawba’s third straight loss in the South Atlantic Conference. The Indians (11-5, 6-4) played without standout guard Marcell Haskett (ankle).

The Bears (9-6, 5-5) shot 57.1 percent and got 27 points from Darius Simmons, 23 from Mason Hawks and 21 from R.J. Gunn.

Catawba led by 11 early, but the Bears made a run late in the first half to cut the Indians’ lead to 45-44 at the break.

Then L-R scored the first eight points of the second half to take charge.

Catawba fought back within two points several times, but the Bears always answered with a bucket.

Catawba’s last push cut L-R’s lead to 79-77, but Hawks hit a 3-pointer with 3:24 remaining.

LENOIR-RHYNE (91) — Simmons 27, Hawks 23, Gunn 21, McClain 11, Fowler 4, Fields 3, Bradford 2.

CATAWBA (85) — Cooper 37, Lilly 14, McLeod 9, Matthews 9, Constantine 6, Robinson 6, Whitfield 2, Zemonek 2 , Prophete, Johnson, Bowen.

Lenoir-Rhyne     44         47   —  91

Catawba              45          40   — 85

HS basketball

GREENSBORO — Salisbury lost to Reidsville, 92-90, on Saturday in a tournament at Ben L. Smith High.

Breon Pass, a 6-foot-2 guard, scored 50 points for the Rams (9-2). He had 32 in the second half. He scored 18 in the final eight minutes and made the deciding free throws and game-sealing block.

Pass’ father, Curtis, was Reidsville’s boys basketball coach before he died suddenly at 41 last summer.

Jacquez Smith, who hit four first-half 3-pointers, and Zay Kesler led the way as Salisbury took a 47-34 halftime lead. The Hornets (10-5)  led by 11 going to the fourth quarter.

Kesler scored 26 to lead  the Hornets.


Bailey Gentile scored 22 points to lead Cox Mill to a 76-47 MLK tournament win against First Flight in Kinston on Saturday.

Dylan Blake scored 25 for First Flight, but the Chargers held him to 7-for-28 shooting.


Concord’s First Assembly rolled 81-55 against A.L. Brown in a tournament in Charlotte.

International football

Salisbury High freshman JyMikaah Wells had four carries for 55 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown, for the 16U USA team that lost to Panama 45-41 in the International Bowl played in Texas.


Jayvee girls

East Rowan won 44-38 against Carson on Friday.

Clara Brown scored 19 and Mac Misenheimer had 15 for East.

Makayla Johnson scored 13 for the Cougars, while Camden Corley had 12.


Brooke Kennerly and Skykira Wiggins scored 10 points each as West Rowan beat South Iredell, 31-27. Jenna Wheeler scored seven for the Falcons.

Signings, commits

South Rowan’s Kira Rymer will sign with Columbia International’s volleyball program on Thursday.


Salisbury junior swimmer Emily Knorr committed to West Virginia.


Former North Stanly star Bryson Childress, who is now playing at Hargrave Military Academy, has committed to High Point.

Mid. school hoops

Corriher-Lipe’s girls won 44-13 against Erwin.

Addie Plott scored 15, McKenzie Menius had eight points, and Ari Alston scored seven.

Salisbury Academy

The Salisbury Academy varsity girls basketball team defeated Davidson Day School, 25-7.   Leading scorers  were Millie Wymbs with six points and Maggie Antosek with five.


The Salisbury Academy varsity boys basketball team defeated Davidson Day School, 53-24.

Leading scorers for the Jaguars were Jack Wear with 13 points, Hank Webb with 11 and Ethan Ott with  seven.


The Salisbury Academy JV girls won againstDavidson Day School. Leading scorers were Cora Wymbs and Emmy Pendleton.


The Salisbury Academy JV boys  defeated Davidson Day School, 33-11.  Leading scorers  were John McCoy and Abdul Eliwa.

Whitfield Hall of Fame

Catawba head football coach Curtis Walker and former coach Bill Faircloth were recently inducted into the George Whitfield Hall of Fame.

This Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding coaches and inducted 20 new members earlier this month.

Men’s basketball

Jamarius Hairston (Carson) had 16 points and eight rebounds for Davidson County Community College in a 76-71 win against Fayetteville Tech.

Women’s basketball

Tyzarea Alexander (Salisbury) had 12 points and five rebounds for Methodist in Saturday’s 72-53 loss to N.C. Wesleyan.


In Catawba Valley Community College’s 111-22 win against Fayetteville Tech, Tazah Hardin (South Rowan) had 12 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals.