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The offense was in full force on Monday evening, as Appalachian State University women's basketball (6-4) dealt Wofford (6-6) a convincing 94-70 defeat at the Holmes Center.

Appalachian improves to 5-0 at home, finishing undefeated at home in non-conference action for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign. App State has defeated its last three opponents by an average of 20 points at home.

Also, the 6-4 mark with one non-conference game left gives the Black and Gold its best non-conference record in the Angel Elderkin era, while it's the best 10-game start since the same 2012-13 season.

App State's 94 points are the most since the Mountaineers scored 96 at Troy in 2015-16. It's the highest scoring output at home since 2010-11 campaign when the Apps hung 99 points on UNC Asheville.

Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) led three players in double figures with a season-best 28 points on an efficient 10-for-16 shooting from the field in just 28 minutes. With 16 seconds left in the third quarter, the Maiden, N.C. native canned a 3-pointer to put herself into the illustrious 1,000-point club. Story is only the 25th Mountaineer in school history to reach the milestone.

Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) also had an excellent performance, scoring a season-high 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting with seven boards. Rounding out the leading scorers was Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central), who posted her first career double-double with 12 points and a personal-high 11 rebounds. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) crashed the glass for a game-high 13 boards and chipped in with eight points.

App State dominated on both ends of the floor, especially on the glass with a season-high plus-26 rebounding margin, 57-31. The Mountaineers held a 17-6 edge in offensive rebounding and 15-5 in second-chance points.

Wofford got off to a strong start shooting 3-of-5 from the field to take a 7-4 lead in the first 2:35 of the game. However, Appalachian dug in and forced the Terriers into a 6:21 scoring drought on top of 11 straight missed shots. The tenacious defense aided an 18-0 run over 5:36 that gave the Mountaineers a lead they wouldn't relinquish the rest of the contest. Five different players scored during the surge.

Three straight points by Stanley gave App a 27-11 lead into the second period. After starting 1-of-5 from the field in the second quarter, App hit its next six field goals to extend the lead to 17.

Appalachian's lead never dipped below 15 points in the first half following one of Nicola Mathews' (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) team-high three trifectas that gave App a 39-24 advantage. Gosnell's layup with four seconds left in the half gave App a 47-32 favor going into the break.

Wofford did cut the lead to just 13 after a jumper by Da'Ja Green, but five straight points by Story and a layup from Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) capped off a 7-0 spurt to push the lead up to 20.

App cruised the rest of the way en route to its 15th straight win over Wofford dating back to the 2007-08 season. Chloe Wanink led the team with 13 points but didn't score in the second half, missing all six of her attempts.

The Mountaineers will close out non-conference action on Friday, Dec. 21 against ACC foe, Clemson at 6:30 p.m. on the road.

Quotable (Coach Elderkin)
"I was really excited about the way our team executed today. To see us score the ball the way that we did was outstanding. We were on them about rebounding, and to see 51-37 on the boards, and to see Lainey Gosnell get a double-double, it was great. Pre Stanley, back in the lineup, looking like she hasn't missed a beat. She put in a lot of work over this exam time getting back into rhythm and getting her shot back. You can't say enough about Madi Story. I thought Madi led the charge right from the jump, put the team on her back, started the game very confidently and it was contagious throughout our team."

Coach Elderkin on Starting 5-0 at home
"It was something we talked about as a group. What I liked about the team is they rose to the challenge. We know going on the road in the Sun Belt is tough. So our objective with our non-conference home schedule is we take one game at a time and we go into our Sun Belt play undefeated at home. I'm proud of our team for accomplishing one of the many goals we have this season.

- App State improves to 29-8 all-time against Wofford.
- After her 13 rebounds, Bayley Plummer is now 13th all-time in career rebounds with 634, passing Regina Ikard (624) and Canesha Edwards (632).
- Appalachian's 1.13 points per possessions is a season best.
- Story now has 1,001 points for her career.
- Mathews has made a 3-pointer in eight straight games and is shooting 54.2 percent (13-24) from beyond the arc.
- Four players were at least a plus-20 or higher, with Stanley post a team-high plus-25.
- Story led the team in PER at 26.
- App State has won the rebounding battle in nine of 10 games.
- The Mountaineers are 5-2 when attempting at least 20 foul shots.
- Appalachian shot 56.9 percent from inside the arc.

Monday, 17 December 2018 02:55

App State Wrestling Loses to Oklahoma

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Despite a strong start and frantic finish, App State Wrestling lost 20-12 in a home dual meet against Oklahoma on Sunday in Varsity Gym.

Wins by Randall Diabe (5-3 decision at 197 pounds), Cary Miller (4-2 decision at heavyweight) and Codi Russell (5-4 decision at 133 pounds) gave the Mountaineers (2-5) a 9-6 lead heading into the midpoint intermission.

The Sooners (1-1) claimed the next three matches to pull ahead 17-9, and App State's Michael Elliott pulled out a dramatic 5-4 decision at 165 pounds. Thomas Flitz trailed by double figures before rallying to make things exciting in an 18-14 decision for Oklahoma's Anthony Mantanona.

Elliott had 36 seconds of riding time on his side when he erased a 4-2 deficit on a takedown in the final minute of the third period. From that position, he was able to remain atop Jeremy Thomas for the rest of the period and get an additional point by pushing his riding time over a minute.

Russell won by the same score against Anthony Madrigal, who used a third-period takedown to tie the match before Russell went ahead 5-4 with his escape. Russell had erased a 2-1 deficit with a takedown late in the second period.

The dual began at 184 pounds, and Kayne MacCallum edged App State's Alan Clothier 4-3 before the 18th-ranked Diabe won 5-3 against Jake Woodley, who had a first-place finish this year at the Michigan State Open. Miller held a 3-0 lead with a significant riding time advantage going into the third period against Jake Boyd, who managed a late takedown.

There were other close matches involving Angel Najar (3-2 loss to Justin Thomas at 157 pounds) and De'Andre Swinson-Barr, who made his 2018-19 dual meet debut in a 4-2 loss to Christian Moody at 125 pounds.

App State wrestlers will compete next at the Southern Scuffle in early January, and the Mountaineers are back in Varsity Gym on Jan. 8 for a Southern Conference opener against Gardner-Webb.

Oklahoma 20, App State 12
184: Kayne MacCallum (OU) def. Alan Clothier (APP), 4-3 dec. (0-3)
197: #18 Randall Diabe (APP) def. Jake Woodley (OU), 5-3 dec. (3-3)
HWT: Cary Miller (APP) def. Jake Boyd (OU), 4-2 dec. (6-3)
125: Christian Moody (OU) def. De'Andre Swinson-Barr (APP), 4-2 dec. (6-6)
133: Codi Russell (APP) def. Anthony Madrigal (OU), 5-4 dec. (9-6)
141: #8 Dom Demas (OU) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 13-7 dec. (9-9)
149: Davion Jeffries (OU) def. Matt Zovistoski (APP), tech. fall (9-14)
157: Justin Thomas (OU) def. Angel Najar (APP), 3-2 dec. (9-17)
165: Michael Elliott (APP) def. Jeremy Thomas (OU), 5-4 dec. (12-17)
174: Anthony Mantanona (OU) def. Thomas Flitz (APP), 18-14 dec. (12-20)

The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team dropped a close 70-63 conference game against Bryant & Stratton on Sunday afternoon at the Tarlton Complex.

With the loss, the Red Hawks drop to 6-2 overall and 2-2 in Region X play.

Sophomore Sherry Johnson powered CVCC in the contest with 17 points and 19 rebounds — her fifth double-double this season — while freshman Aniya Taylor added 16 points.

After a back-and-forth first half that saw the Red Hawks lead by as many as 10 points, Catawba Valley held a 30-29 advantage at halftime against Bryant & Stratton.

The Bobcats (10-0, 7-0 in Region X) responded quickly in the third quarter, capitalizing on foul trouble by CVCC forward Zharia Brown to go on an 8-0 run and into the lead for good in the game.

Taylor attempted to keep the Red Hawks in the game, scoring 14 of her 16 points during the second half, but CVCC made just 24 of its 64 field goal attempts (37.5 percent) and was unable to fight back from its deficit.

Serenity Turnbull and Tyriyanna Owens both scored 13 points to lead the Bobcats in the victory.

The next CVCC women’s basketball game takes place on Jan. 2, 2019 in a road make-up contest against Division I Walters State. Tip off for that contest in Morristown, Tenn. is set for 5:30 p.m.

The R+L New Orleans Bowl turned into a season-ending coronation for the Sun Belt champions.

Malik Williams and the rest of the Mountaineers threw quite a Black and Gold party in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Williams delivered two trick-play touchdowns on wide receiver passes, including one to quarterback Zac Thomas, and the defense made several important stops under tough circumstances to help Appalachian State maintain its perfect bowl record with a 45-13 victory against Middle Tennessee on Saturday night.

With App State alum Mark Ivey serving as the interim head coach, college teammate Shawn Clark making aggressive play calls for the offense and 23-year App State assistant Dale Jones coordinating the defense, the Mountaineers (11-2) rolled after persevering through a slow start against the Conference USA runners-up.

"We knew, as tough as these players were, if they smelled any fear or weakness or confusion out of us, you can't fake it," Ivey said. "We decided we'd have fun with it and make sure they'd get exactly what they've been getting all along. If we did that, they'd give us exactly what they've been giving. That's what they did, and they were phenomenal."

App State is the only FBS program with no losses or ties in at least four bowl appearances, and it has accomplished that feat in just four postseason-eligible seasons. It also matched the 2015 team for the best final record since the transition.

Appalachian led 24-6 at halftime Saturday even though Middle Tennessee (8-6) reached the App State 30 on four first-half drives, with Josh Thomas' red zone interception in the first quarter serving as a key momentum swing, and senior Okon Godwin accounted for 2.5 of the defense's six sacks. Anthony Flory, Demetrius Taylor and Chris Willis contributed in that category, and Tae Hayes also posted a first-half interception.

In addition to becoming the first App State quarterback to catch a touchdown pass in at least 35 yards, New Orleans Bowl MVP Zac Thomas threw three touchdown passes, including his ninth and 10th connections of the season with Corey Sutton. With Thomas Hennigan catching Williams' first touchdown pass and Henry Pearson also scoring on a Thomas throw, the Mountaineers totaled five TDs through the air.

Darrynton Evans rushed for 108 yards to go over 100 for the seventh time in the last nine games, and true freshman Camerun Peoples' 63-yard score on his second carry of the night gave the Mountaineers a 38-6 lead midway through the third quarter.

"The culture we have here at App State, you really can't explain it," said two-year captain MyQuon Stout, whose work at nose tackle played a key role for a defense that didn't allow 20 points in any of the team's 11 wins. "It's great coaches, great staff, great players. We break it down on 'Family' every day, like two or three times a day. We really care about each other and work hard for each other."

App State's first two touchdowns came on passes from Williams, but two turnovers in the first five offensive plays created an uphill battle for the Mountaineers.

Middle Tennessee, which had missed a 47-yard field goal to cap the game-opening series, followed a quick interception on App State's first series with a 24-yard field goal. The Blue Raiders faced a second down from the Appalachian 5 before Godwin and Noel Cook combined on a tackle for loss, and Desmond Franklin broke up a third-down pass to the end zone.

A fumble on the second play of App State's next series gave Middle Tennessee possession at the Mountaineers' 21, but Cook's pressure contributed to an interception by Josh Thomas at the 15 as left-handed quarterback Brent Stockstill rolled to his right.

"Making turnovers, that's just what our defensive backs have talked about all year," Thomas said. We're real greedy when it comes to picks."

Zac Thomas' 35-yard completion to Jalen Virgil was the big play on a drive that ended with a 22-yard field goal from Chandler Staton, whose kick followed a long snap from fill-in true freshman Max Durschlag.

Hennigan and Tyler Bird helped stuff a fourth-and-2 rush on a fake punt from the Middle Tennessee 43 a few minutes later, and Hennigan gave the Mountaineers the lead for good with a 30-yard touchdown on an accurate deep throw from Williams, the former high school quarterback who had caught a backward pass from Thomas near the right sideline.

That was the second time in two seasons that App State had scored with Hennigan catching a pass from Williams, whose next TD throw of the night followed a Hayes interception that resulted from Elijah Diarrassouba's quarterback pressure.

"Before the game, Coach (Justin Watts) told me I was going to have two passing touchdowns before this game was over," Williams said. "After that, I told Zac it felt better throwing him a touchdown than receiving one from him."

In last year's bowl win, Williams tried to throw a short touchdown pass to quarterback Taylor Lamb but kept the ball for a score when Lamb was unavailable as a target. On Saturday, after taking a reverse handoff from Evans, Williams rolled right and lofted an 8-yard touchdown pass to Thomas in the right side of the end zone for a 17-3 advantage with 6:38 remaining in the half.

The only other touchdown with an App State quarterback reaching the end zone on a pass play in recent memory occurred in 2010, when DeAndre Presley was credited with a TD "reception" on a play in which he recovered his receiver's fumble against Chattanooga and ran the final 33 yards with the ball.

"I've had my eyes on that play for a while, so today it was the perfect call," Thomas said.

Evans' 62-yard run set up Pearson's 1-yard touchdown reception in the final minute of the half, and Middle Tennessee advanced to the Appalachian 16 before settling for a 33-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter.

Clark, App State's run game coordinator and offensive line coach before Scott Satterfield's departure created the need for a new play-caller, had planned to coach from the seventh-floor booth for one half and then make a decision about the second half. He stayed upstairs instead of returning to his familiar spot on the sidelines, in part so he could maintain his bigger-picture approach to directing the offense.

"I knew if I was on the sideline I'd be more involved watching the offensive line than trying to watch the whole game," Clark said. "For me personally, I had to get away from it. (QB coach) Pete Thomas did a great job, and it was the offensive staff calling the plays. I told them that it can't be hectic on the headset. We're going to think about it, and we're going to take our shots, and we're going for broke."

The view from the top of the Superdome remained just as clear after halftime.

The Mountaineers marched 75 yards in 10 plays to begin the third quarter, with Sutton catching a 17-yard touchdown pass from Thomas, and back-to-back sacks of Stockstill led to a punt that paved the way for Peoples to make his bowl debut.

Able to not lose a year of eligibility because he was playing in just his third game, Peoples gained 1 yard on his first carry before breaking free down the right sideline on his 63-yard score.

"The feeling is indescribable," Peoples said. "I've been preparing all year, waiting on it. With the redshirt rule, I've been patient, waiting my turn. To get in, see that opening, I'm asking God to give me everything in my legs and let me get in this end zone. The bulls up front, they did a great job, so it's really just a team thing."

Middle Tennessee posted a third-quarter touchdown to cut into its deficit, but App State's defense applied constant pressure to Stockstill the rest of the way, and Sutton capped the scoring on an 11-yard touchdown with 13:06 remaining.

Willis and Godwin recorded sacks on the next series, enabling App State's coaches to play senior quarterback Zeb Speir, senior receiver Brad Absher and many other reserves in the closing minutes.

As time wound down, players repeatedly chanted Ivey's name. He was even lifted into the air and carried across part of the field.

As the celebratory, Ivey-led song suggests, it wasn't nothin' but an App State party.

That's all for a memorable, record-setting 2018 season

"For me personally, this was my last game," Godwin said, "and I just wanted to leave everything on the field."

 

POSTGAME NOTES

App State is the only FBS program with no losses or ties in at least four bowl appearances, and it has accomplished that feat in just four postseason-eligible seasons. It won the Dollar General Bowl in 2017 following back-to-back Camellia Bowl wins in 2016 and 2015.

Thanks to a 34-0 shutout of Toledo in 2017 and a 45-13 win against Middle Tennessee, App State has outscored its last two bowl opponents 79-13.

The Mountaineers are 47-11 in their last 58 games. They won the last six games of their FBS debut in 2014 before going 11-2 in 2015, 10-3 in 2016, 9-4 in 2017 and 11-2 this season.

App State's 41 wins in the last four seasons lead Group of Five programs and is tied for sixth place nationally, topped only by Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Georgia.

App State had five touchdown passes Saturday and allowed just eight all season.

App State finished with season with 37 offensive plays of at least 30 yards and only 10 plays of at least 30 yards allowed. The Mountaineers allowed just one play of at least 50 yards — a 57-yard gain by Georgia Southern.

Of the 22 starters for App State on offense and defense Saturday, only one offensive starter and three defensive starters were seniors.

DEFENSE

App State didn't allow 20 points in any of its 11 wins this season. Discarding a non-offensive touchdown by Coastal Carolina, Appalachian's defense allowed an average of 10.5 points in the team's victories.

With 73 interceptions in the last four seasons, App State ranks first nationally, one ahead of San Diego State's 72. Josh Thomas and Tae Hayes intercepted passes Saturday.

Senior defensive end Okon Godwin recorded career highs of 2.5 sacks and 3.0 tackles for loss in his final college game. His previous single-game highs were one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss.

Outside linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither had a team-high 10 tackles to give him 105 for the season.

True freshman defender Hansky Paillant made his App State debut in the fourth quarter.

OFFENSE

App State lost only five fumbles all season, and its running backs didn't fumble a single time in 417 rushing attempts that gained 2,533 yards. The running backs in 2018 were Jalin Moore, Darrynton Evans, Marcus Williams Jr., Camerun Peoples, Daetrich Harrington, D'Andre Hicks and DeMarcus Harper.

For the fifth straight year, App State's offensive line will rank in the top 25 nationally in both rushing yards per game and fewest sacks allowed. The Mountaineers rushed for 233 yards Saturday and didn't allow a sack.

Running back Darrynton Evans rushed for 1,187 yards as a sophomore even though he didn't become App State's primary back until the fifth game, when Jalin Moore suffered a season-ending injury. Evans had at least 100 rushing yards in seven of the Mountaineers' last nine games.

With two touchdown receptions, Corey Sutton increased his season total to 10, the highest mark at App State since Brian Quick had 11 in 2011. Sutton's total ranks fifth in App State's single-season records.

Zac Thomas finished his first season as an FBS starting quarterback with 2,039 passing yards, 21 touchdown passes and just six interceptions. He rushed for 504 yards.

Left tackle Victor Johnson returned to the starting lineup after missing the Sun Belt Conference Championship Game with an injury, giving him 38 starts in 39 games over the last three seasons, but Cole Garrison filled in at left tackle after the first series.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Senior long snapper Elias McMurry, who had held that position for each of the last 51 games, sat out the bowl win with an injury. True freshman Max Durschlag snapped on field goals and extra points, and true freshman Keaton Forbes snapped on App State's only punt.

Clayton Howell's only punt was a 60-yard kick that A.J. Beach downed at the 1-yard line.

The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team defeated visiting Johnston Community College 86-70 on Saturday afternoon during the final day of the CVCC Christmas Classic at the Tarlton Complex.

With the win, the Red Hawks (10-1) match their win total from just one season ago.

Catawba Valley built a comfortable 34-20 lead with six minutes to go in the first half against Johnston, but a barrage of 3-pointers by the Jaguars’ Kavon Ward and Josiah Simmons and a scoreless drought by CVCC in the final two minutes, 48 seconds helped Johnston pull within 38-34 of CVCC by halftime.

Sophomore forward Isayah Johnson, who sat out most of the first half with early foul trouble, returned to the Catawba Valley line up with a vengeance in the second half. Johnson and fellow sophomore Jordan Powell helped their team go on an 11-1 scoring run to start the half — a spurt that carried the Red Hawks through the rest of the game.

Powell scored a team-high 25 points — 17 of them in the second half — to lead the Red Hawks, and Johnson recorded 15 of his 17 points in Saturday’s game during the second half. The 20-point performance by Powell is his third and four games.

Ward helped keep the Jaguars (2-10) within striking distance by scoring a game-high 31 points, including eight made 3-pointers, but his performance would not be enough for Johnston to rally.

Freshman Jahleer Black also reached double figures in scoring for CVCC with 11 points.

The CVCC men’s basketball team returns to the court on Tuesday. The Red Hawks travel to Raleigh, N.C. to face Wake Tech (6-5, 5-0) in a 7 p.m. contest featuring the top two teams in the Region X standings.

Monday, 17 December 2018 02:41

App State Men's Basketball Lose At South Florida

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Appalachian State men's basketball trimmed a 12-point second half deficit to as little as three points, but came up on the short end of a 76-69 decision at South Florida on Saturday afternoon.

With 4:51 remaining in the game, the Bulls (7-2) opened a 69-57 lead on a three-pointer by Alexis Yetna. From there, App State (4-6) scored the next nine points to trim the USF lead to 69-66 with 1:39 left in the game.

South Florida answered with the next three points, before a free throw from Isaac Johnson pulled the Black and Gold back to within five points at 72-67 with 35 seconds left. USF came right back with a pair of free throws, but App State got two freebies from Justin Forrest with 25 seconds left to trim its deficit to 74-69.

The Mountaineers fouled again and David Collins of USF hit two free throws with 19 seconds to play. The Mountaineers came down and a three-pointer by Forrest was no good. The Bulls grabbed the rebound and hung on for the victory.

A layup by Ronshad Shabazz at the 12:58 mark of the first half gave the Mountaineers a 14-12 advantage. The Bulls responded with the next 14 points to build a 26-14 lead. USF was able to take as large of a lead as 15 points in the first half, but App State cut its deficit to nine points, 38-29, at the break.

Shabazz tallied a game-high 29 points on 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) shooting, to go along with three rebounds and two assists. Also in the game, he moved into fifth place on the all-time scoring list, passing Billy Ross (1,656).

Forrest tallied 13 points, including a perfect 6-of-6 shooting at the charity stripe, while adding two assists and two steals.

Isaac Johnson finished with six points and 10 rebounds, marking the third time in the past four games he has had double digit rebounds. Hunter Seacat added a career-high five blocked shots.

Laquincy Rideau finished with a game-high 18 points for the Bulls. Yetna added 13 points and a game-high 18 rebounds, while Xavier Castaneda had 12 points and three rebounds off the bench.

App State went 27-of-62 (43.5 percent) from the field and 20-of-24 (83.3 percent) from the charity stripe.

Appalachian State will return to action on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Georgetown. The contest will be broadcast on FS1.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team dropped its second straight contest, falling by a final score of 74-69 on Saturday afternoon in South Atlantic Conference play at Anderson. Anderson started hot and scored 44 points in the first half to claim the victory.

Djibril Diallo was outstanding for the Bears in a losing effort as the senior guard finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. He was one of four Bears to score in double digits on the day.

Mason Hawks tied his second-highest scoring output of the season with 11 points. Hawks knocked down a trio of triples in the game.

Cory Thomas (11) and R.J. Gunn (10) also scored in double figures for LR who dropped its third game in their last four contests after starting 7-0.

The hosts were paced by Gage Ellis who poured in a game-high 25 points and added 10 boards for the double-double. Teammate Shawn Bernard was one rebound shy of his own double-double, notching 17 points and nine rebouds.

LR shot 43.5 percent. from the field in the game and hit just 6-of-22 from long range (27.3 percent).

After shooting just 27.3 percent from long range in a loss to Clayton St., the Bears would rebound to convert 45 percent from long range in this one.

Anderson entered the game off a tough 102-101 double overtime loss to SAC power Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday night.

LR falls to 8-3 overall, 2-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears returns to action when they travel to Belmont Abbey on Wednesday. Tip off is scheduled for 12:30.

Monday, 17 December 2018 02:25

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Falls at Anderson

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Basketball Team traveled down to Anderson, S.C. for a South Atlantic Conference match up with the Anderson Trojans, where the home team defeated the Bears and snapped their four-game winning streak, 70-59, on Saturday afternoon.

The Bears were led by a season-and-career high performance from freshman Madeline Hardy, who led all scorers with 21 points – 13 in the first half alone. The only other Bear to put up a double-digit scoring effort was senior Kendall Toineeta (17).

LR came into the game as an elite free throw shooting team, but only hit 50 percent of their shots (7-of-14) from the free throw line.

Neither team shot it well as the Bears limited the Trojans from deep (4-of-18 for 22 percent) and LR only hit four of its 17 attempts (23.5 percent).

The lone category the Bears held the advantage was in overall shooting percentage, 40.7 to 39.7.

The Bears loss ended the four-game winning streak and gave them their first blimish on the road, now standing at a 3-1 mark in true road games.

With the win the Trojans have a perfect 3-0 mark in SAC play.

The Bears are 6-4 overall and 2-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will look to get back in the win column with a nonconference contest against Lees-McRae on Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Monday, 17 December 2018 02:22

CVCC Men's Basketball Defeats Central Carolina CC

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The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team stretched its winning streak to six games with an 89-74 victory against Central Carolina Community College on Friday during the first day of the CVCC Christmas Classic.

Isayah Johnson scored 18 points to lead the Red Hawks, who set a new program record for best start to a season (9-1).

CVCC powered ahead of the Cougars at halftime, leading 48-27. Sophomore forward Jordan Powell scored 11 of his 13 points to help the Red Hawks gain the early advantage.

Despite its halftime lead, Catawba Valley struggled early in the second half, but Johnson powered his team down the stretch, scoring 14 of his 18 points during the half en route to the victory.

Rodney Alston scored a game-high 23 points, including making five 3-pointers, to lead Central Carolina (9-5).

Girls basketball:
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Draughn: 51
Hibriten: 45

East Burke: 54
Bunker Hill: 44

Patton: 67
West Iredell: 41

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
West Caldwell: 52
St. Stephens: 20

Non-conference:
Forbush: 51
Maiden: 18

Hickory: 50
Statesville: 45

Newton-Conover: 56
Fred T. Foard: 46

North Iredell: 58
Alexander Central: 27

Boys basketball:
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 55
East Burke: 45

Draughn: 66
Hibriten: 56

Patton: 49
West Iredell: 40

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
St. Stephens: 55
West Caldwell: 54

Non-conference:
Alexander Central: 67
North Iredell: 38

Hickory: 59
Statesville: 58

Maiden: 63
Forbush: 39

Newton-Conover: 79
Fred T. Foard: 73

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