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Appalachian State University men’s basketball trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half and cut the deficit all the way down to three with 16:03 left in regulation, but couldn’t get over the hump in a 85-73 loss at Coastal Carolina on Saturday.

The Mountaineers (6-10, 1-4 Sun Belt) got out of the gates quick, starting 4-for-5 from the field, including 1-for-2 from three and 2-for-2 at the foul line. However, a 10-0 run from the Chanticleers (9-9, 4-1 Sun Belt) pushed Coastal’s lead to 18-11.

Appalachian would head into the locker room with an 11-point deficit at 44-33.

The Black and Gold opened up the second half with three-straight 3-pointers from Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)), Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett) and Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) to bring App State to within just four points at 46-42 — forcing the Chanticleers into a timeout.

Shabazz led the Mountaineers in scoring with 17 points. Logan chipped in 11, while Good netted eight.

The Coastal lead would be whittled down to three points at 47-44 after a Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) layup, but it’s as close as the Mountaineers would get the rest of the way.

Kinney finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) turned in a solid effort, finishing with nine points and a game-high nine rebounds. Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) scored an efficient eight points on 3-for-6 shooting.

Off the bench, Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth) continued his solid play with six points off of two threes and seven rebounds - three of which came on the offensive glass.

Notes: App State is still seeking its first Sun Belt road win of the season (0-3) … Ronshad Shabazz collected his 33rd double-digit scoring game and 15th this season in 16 games … Griffin Kinney scored in double-figures for the ninth time this year and 15th for his career … Emarius Logan scored 11 points - his second double-figure scoring game in a row … Isaac Johnson narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds … App State assisted on 15 of its 24 field goals.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (10-6, 6-4) continued its impressive defensive performance with a 64-41 victory over Mars Hill (2-14, 0-10) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) scored a game-high 15 points – all in the second half – while senior forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) added 11 points and seven rebounds in the victory.

Mars Hill’s Madison Ervin (Morganton, N.C.) also scored 15 points but the Lions were held to just 32 percent (16-of-50) from the field and lost its ninth straight game.

Lenoir-Rhyne took control early, leading by a 29-12 advantage at halftime, and never looked back. The Bears also improved to 8-0 at home and won their 15th consecutive game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium dating back to last year.

The Bears also hit eight three-pointers and held a 36-28 edge on the boards. In addition, 12 players scored Lenoir-Rhyne as the home team picked up its second straight victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Hartsville, S.C., to take on Coker in a South Atlantic Conference game at 6pm.

Turnovers, missed free throws and a fourth-quarter dry spell on offense plagued Appalachian State University women’s basketball (7-9, 2-3 SBC) in a 60-55 setback to Coastal Carolina (7-8, 2-3 SBC) on Saturday at the HTC Center.

With Appalachian leading by five in the fourth quarter, 53-48, CCU finished the game on a 12-2 run for the five-point win. Appalachian, trailing by three (58-55) with 23 seconds left in the contest, had a chance to tie when Katelyn Doub (Asheboro, N.C./Southwestern Randolph) attempted the potential game-tying 3-pointer, but would fall short.

Appalachian was outscored,18-8, in the final frame and shot just 25 percent.

The Mountaineers struggled protecting the ball, committing 27 turnovers to CCU’s 16 miscues. CCU held a 19-9 edge in free throws while getting to the line 31 times to App State’s 17 free throw attempts.

Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) became the 24th player in Appalachian history to reach 1,000 points en route to tying a team high with 12 points. Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) also scored 12 points. Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds along with eight points.

Appalachian captured a 15-10 lead going into the second quarter thanks to a 10-2 start in the first 4:21 of the game led by four different Mountaineers. The Mountaineers’ defense held CCU to 25 percent shooting from the floor in the opening frame while shooting 40 percent.

Coastal Carolina scored seven of the first nine points to tie the game, 17-all, with 8:32 left in the contest. Appalachian responded by outscoring the Chanticleers, 17-8, during the rest of the half to go into the break with a 34-25 advantage. Appalachian held CCU scoreless at one point for 4:23 in the quarter while limiting the hosts to a 2-for-10 shooting performance from the floor over the stretch of the frame. Appalachian shot an efficient 7-for-11 from the floor during the second period while turning in a 50 percent shooting clip in the first half.

App received contributions from everyone in the first stanza, as eight of nine players who got in would score.

Appalachian continued to stay on top of Coastal stretching the lead to as much as 12 thanks to a trifecta from Amber Driver (Houston, Texas/Tyler), capping off a 9-3 spurt in the opening minutes of the third frame. Murray sparked the surge with a pair of back-to-back buckets followed by a layup from Jones before Story found a wide-open Driver on the wing.

CCU sliced the gap to seven to end the third quarter and have the Apps with a 47-42 lead going into the final period. The Chanticleers would continue the comeback bringing the deficit to one, 49-48, but Story and Driver’s layups gave the Apps a 53-48 lead before the drought that would doom the Black and Gold.

App will look to rebound next week in Georgia, starting with a 7 p.m. contest at Georgia State on Thursday in Atlanta.

Monday, 16 January 2017 06:53

CVCC Men's Basketball Fall on Last Second Shot

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The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team fell to Lenoir Community College 74-71 at home in the Tarlton Complex Saturday.

The Red Hawks trailed Lenoir the entire game. CVCC was down by six at half, and was down by 14 with three and a half minutes left to go in the game. CVCC made a huge run to tie the game at 71 but Lenoir Community College hit a pull-up jumper with .9 seconds left to take the win.

Derick Brewer and Emmanuel Wembi each had 13 points to pace the Red Hawks.

With the loss, the Red Hawks fall to 10-6 overall and 4-3 in conference play. CVCC will go on the road to take on Pitt Community College on Sunday.

Monday, 16 January 2017 06:45

CVCC Women's Basketball Pick Up Conference Win

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The Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team defeated Lenoir Community College 79-40 at home in the Tarlton Complex Saturday.

The Red Hawks routed Lenoir as they 18 point lead at half and expanded that to the 39-point win in the second half.

Jala Daniels fell two rebounds shy of a double-double to pace the Red Hawks. She finished with 18 points and two rebounds. Daniels was one of four players to score in double figures for the Red Hawks. Shaniya Lester added 14 points, Nikki McCaskill had 11 and A'Liyah Woods chipped in 10.

With the win, the Red Hawks improve to 7-3 overall and 3-2 in conference play. CVCC will go on the road to take on Patrick Henry College on Thursday.

Girls basketball:
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 50
West Iredell: 33

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 53
St. Stephens: 28

Hickory: 59
Watauga: 37

South Caldwell: 65
Fred T. Foard: 27

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 62
East Rutherford: 60

R-S Central: 96
Draughn: 68

Southern District 7:
Lincolnton: 57
Maiden: 55

Newton-Conover: 67
Bandys: 51

West Caldwell: 56
Bunker Hill: 40

Boys basketball:
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 59
West Iredell: 35

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 59
St. Stephens: 50

Hibriten: 62
Patton: 39

Hickory: 45
Watauga: 28

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 63
R-S Central: 59

East Rutherford: 68
East Burke: 53

Southern District 7:
Lincolnton: 63
Maiden: 49

Newton-Conover: 64
Bandys: 55

West Caldwell: 67
Bunker Hill: 54

Friday, 13 January 2017 09:28

CVCC Volleyball Signs Rupp From North Iredell

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Catawba Valley Volleyball is proud to announce the addition of Katie Rupp of North Iredell High School to their 2017 roster. Ruppmade it official on December 15th with mom and dad Tom Rupp and Corrine Rupp, sister Megan Rupp, North Iredell Coach Natalie Tribble, North Iredell Coach and former CVCC player Leah Wells, North Iredell Athletic Director Robert Thompson, CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson and CVCC Assistant Coach Mark Wimberley.

In her senior year at North Iredell, Rupphelped lead the Raiders to the 4th Round of State Play-offs and a 23-3 overall record. Katie posted 349 assists for the Raiders her senior year and had 117 digs. Rupp also added 36 aces and had 30 kills for the 2016 season. Her athletic awards include the JV Most Valuable Player Award and the “Raider” Award. Rupp is also on A/B Honor Roll.

CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson comments, “Katie has been a Catawba Valley recruit since she was a high school freshman. I have waited with anticipation since we first met, that she would one day help lead our Lady Red Hawks team and I am excited that the wait is finally over! Katie’s court awareness, excellent defense, aggressive serve and setting strengths are all going to be invaluable assets to a young 2017 roster.”

Rupp plans to obtain her Associate in Arts degree and transfer after her two years at CVCC.

Girls basketball
Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 57
Hibriten: 10

Southern District 7:
Lincolnton: 62
West Caldwell: 54

Boys basketball
Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 75
Hibriten: 62

Southern District 7:
West Caldwell: 77
Lincolnton: 71

Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball fell to Bryant and Stratton College Thursday night at home, 60-48. Despite holding a three point lead at halftime, the Red Hawks fell for the second straight contest.

The Red Hawks were led by Nikki McCaskill who had 11 points. Jala Daniels grabbed eight rebounds despite the loss.

Catawba Valley falls to 6-3 overall, 2-2 in conference play. The Red Hawks will be at home Saturday hosting Lenoir Community College at 2pm.

Four players scored in double figures as the Caldwell Community College men's basketball team edged out Clinton College 88-87 Wednesday night in South Carolina as the Cobras opened up conference play.

Jahi Hugues led the Cobra attack with 19 points. AJ Sales and Jabrie Bullard both came a rebound shy of a double-double. Sales had 10 points and nine rebounds while Bullard had 17 points and nine boards. Hickory High grad Chase Byrd came off the bench to add 10 points.

The Cobras shot 48 percent from the field in the win, and was 46 percent from behind the three point line on the night as well hitting 13 of 28.

With the win, the Cobras improve to 14-3 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. Caldwell is back in action Saturday hosting Brunswick Community College at 3pm.

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