High school basketball: Carson boys improve, but can’t keep pace with North Iredell

Published 11:47 pm Friday, January 29, 2021


Carson’s Garrison Collins vs. West Rowan. Photo by Wayne Hinshaw, for the Salisbury Post


Staff report

OLIN — Carson’s boys basketball team put up a respectable 32 second-half points on Friday.

But that first half?

The Cougars dug a 43-12 hole at halftime at second-place North Iredell and took a 70-44 North Piedmont Conference loss.

AJ Merriman led Carson with 13 points. Emory Taylor made a couple of 3-pointers and scored 11. Hunter Burris and Jay Howard added nine point each.

On a positive note, it was major improvement over the Cougars’ 58-19 loss to North Iredell in China Grove in a game in which the Cougars were exhausted and short-handed.

Carson (1-7, 0-6) hasn’t won since it beat South Rowan on opening night. Dealing with a lot of adversity, the Cougars have only reached 50 point twice.

Meanwhile, North Iredell (6-1, 5-1) has lost only to West Rowan and figures to still be in title contention when it hosts the Falcons on Feb. 5.

Jackson Hawkins led the Raiders with 17 points. John Jackson had 15, while 6-foot-8 sophomore Beckham Tharpe had 12.

Carson plays at East Rowan Tuesday. Carson lost in overtime to the Mustangs in the first meeting.


CARSON (44) — Merriman 13, Taylor 11, Howard 9, Burris 9, Collins 2, McBride, Johnson, Hennie.

N. IREDELL (70) — Hawkins 17, Jackson 15, Tharpe 12, Dancy 9, Saunders 7, Coltrane 4, Grimball 3, Dalton 2, Adkins 1, Turner.

Carson        4     8    15    17  — 44

N. Iredell   22  21    16   11   — 70