Appalachian State University women’s track and field wrapped up action in Birmingham, Ala. at the Samford Open on Saturday. Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) won two events, and Emily Fedders (Beckley, W.V./Woodrow Wilson) runs the fastest 3,000-meter time.
On the track, Darlene Girardeau (Hope Mills, N.C./South View (North Carolina Central)) dashed to a third-place finish in the 60 meters in a season’s best 7.61 and clocked a time of 25.00 in the 200-meters on Saturday to place sixth. Also placing in the top-ten in the 200 meters was LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) who put out a 25.10 effort for eighth. In the 800 meters, Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) ran a personal best of 2:14.20 to place third and Molly Pusateri (Canton, Ohio/St. Thomas Aquinas (Ohio State)) came in two seconds later with a personal-best effort of 2:16.48.
For the long distance races, the Mountaineers filled up five of the top ten spots in the mile, with three athletes running under five minutes. Leading the mile bunch was Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./ Chapel Hill) who ran a personal best of 4:55.67 to finish as the runner-up. In the 3,000 meters, Fedders snagged her first 2017 victory with a personal best of 10:11.06 and three Mountaineers trotted right behind her in fourth, fifth and sixth with personal bests.
In the field, Hargrave had an outstanding day taking two first-place victories in the jumps. In the long jump, she made a leap of 19-0 (5.79m) to grab first and bounded a personal best of 40-9.50 (12.44m) to win the triple jump title. Her teammates Girardeau and K’Lynn Beal (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) also jumped well with Girardeau landing in second soaring 18-4.50 (5.60m) in the long jump and Beal hopping a season’s best of 37-10.50 (11.54m) for seventh. In the pole vault, Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./Watauga (East Carolina)), Lainey Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) and Hanny Emery (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Lakeview) finish in third, fourth and fifth respectively. Lastly, Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) soared to a seasonal-best jump of 5-7.75 (m) in the high jump.
2/10 Samford Open Results
200m - 6. Darlene Girardeau, 25.00; 8. LaBria King, 25.10
2/11 Samford Open Results
60m (prelims) - T4. Darlene Girardeau, 7.69; 14. LaBria King, 7.78
60m (final) - 3. Darlene Girardeau, 7.61 (sb)
60H (prelims) - 6. Imani Chapman, 9.03q; 16. Makaila Roberts, 9.23; Taylor Drummonds, FS
60H (final) - Imani Chapman, FS
400m -6. Catherine Crawford, 57.29 (pr); 59. Brooke Brekke, 1:02.93; 76. Makaila Roberts, 1:07.92
800m - 3. Phylissa Greeley, 2:14.20 (pr); 6. Molly Pusateri, 2:16.48 (pr)
Mile - 2. Tristin Van Ord, 4:55.67 (pr); 4. Kathryn Farina, 4:58.63 (pr) ; 5. Torre Moser, 4:59.01 (pr) ; 6. Hana Ratcliffe, 5:02.49; 9. Elisa Sargent, 5:10.39
3,000m - 1. Emily Fedders, 10:11.06 (pr); 4. Natalie Kile, 10:16.20 (pr); 5. Kate Butler, 10:18.92 (pr) ; 6. Erin Jameson, 10:19.32 (pr)
4x400 - 4:04.65
Long Jump - 1. Chelsey Hargrave, 19-0 (5.79m); 2. Darlene Girardeau, 18-4.50 (5.60m); 20. K’Lynn Beal, 16-5.75 (5.02m)
Triple Jump - 1. Chelsey Hargrave, 40-9.50 (12.44m) (pr) ; 7. K’Lynn Beal 37-10.50 (11.54m) (sb); 11. Ila Mumford, 36-10.25 (11.23m) (sb)
High Jump - 2. Hunter Welborn, 5-7.75 (1.72m) (sb); Libby Florence, 5-1.75 (1.57m)
Pole Vault - 3. Taylor Drummonds, 12-9.50 (3.90m); 4. Lainey Hunnicutt, 12-5.50 (3.80m); 5. Hannah Emery, 11-7.75 (3.55m)
Weight Throw - 10. Samantha Welborn, 49-10 (15.19m)
Appalachian State University men’s track and field concluded competition at the Samford Open in Birmingham, Ala. on Saturday. Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C. (Porter Ridge) came in first in the 800 meters and multiple Mountaineers turned in personal and season’s bests.
The 200-meter race was the only running event App State competed in on Friday and William Buckley (Durham, N.C./East Chapel Hill) dashed a season’s best of 21. 82 to land in ninth and Jordan Johnson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) ran a personal-best time of 22.12 to take 15th.
In addition to Friday’s 200-meter sprint, three field event athletes competed, and two landed inside the top-three. Freshman high jumper Jordan Dale (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) soared over the bar at 6-4.75 (1.95m) to place second, and Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) tossed out the weight 56-10 (17.32m) for third.
On Saturday, Antonio Marcano Jr. (St. Louis, Mo./Metro Academicaid) clocked a time of 6.97 in the 60-meter finals to finish tenth, and Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) and Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd) finished second and third in the 60-meter hurdles running 8.13 (t-pr) and 8.23 respectively. For the half mile, Hastings snagged his third first-place victory in the event running a few milliseconds off his seasonal best and a second of his personal best at 1:52.68
In the longer distances, three Mountaineer milers turned in personal best times to land inside the top seven. Ian Foley (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) and Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) finished right behind each other for third and fourth respectively running 4:14.62 and 4:14.73, and Collin Loy (Burlington, N.C./Southern Alamance) clocked a time of 4:17.97 for seventh. In the 3,000 meters, Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Westchester Country Day (Charlotte)) continues to dominate the event with a third-place finish running a nine second personal best of 8:21.33.
In the field events, both Tristian Shaver (Thomasville, N.C./Ledford) and Michael Utecht (Apex, N.C./Apex) tied for second in the pole vault jumping 15-11 (4.85m). Their performance in Birmingham is the highest finish they have recorded in 2017. Lastly, Ellsworth Parham (Asheville, N.C./Christ School) and Milch both gave top-five efforts in the shot put with Parham taking third with a toss of 55-1.50 (16.80m) and Milch throwing 53-7 (16.33m) to take fifth.
2/4 Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational Results
200m - 9. William Buckley, 21.82 (sb) ; 15. Jordan Johnson, 22.12 (pr) ; 25. Antonio Marcano Jr. (sb), 22.66; 42. Josh Hanna, 23.21
High Jump - 2. Jordan Dale, 6-4.75 (1.95m); 11. Nick Hinton, 6-0.75 (1.85m)
Weight Throw - 3. Nathan Milch, 56-10 (17.32m)
2/11 Samford Open Results
60m (prelims) - 9. Antonio Marcano Jr., 6.95q (t-pr); 12. William Buckley, 6.96; 15. Jordan Johnson, 6.98
60m (finals) - 10. Antonio Marcano Jr., 6.97
60H (prelims) - 4. Brandon Smith, 8.41q; 5. Elliott Graves, 8.44q; 9. Andrew Spear, 8.52
60H (finals) - 2. Elliott Graves, 8.13 (t-pr); 3. Brandon Smith, 8.23
400m - 17. Josh Hanna, 49.76; 36 (pr); Elliott Graves, 51.09; 39. Andrew Spear, 51.25
800m - 1. Ryan Hastings, 1:52.68; 12. Ian Foley, 1:58.93 (pr); 14. Sean Doyle, 1:59.21
Mile - 3. Ian Foley, 4:14.62 (pr); 4. Evan Georges, 4:14.73 (pr); 7. Collin Loy, 4:17.97 (pr); 17.Jacob Sears, 4:27.50
3,000m - 3. Chris Anderson, 8:21.33 (pr); 20. Andrew Vandenberg, 9:00.29
4x400 - 9. 3:20.41
Pole Vault - T2. Tristian Shaver (sb) & Michael Utecht (pr), 15-11 (4.85m)
Long Jump - 11. Tylen Noel, 21-5.50 (6.54m)
Shot Put - 3. Ellsworth Parham, 55-1.50 (16.80m); 5; 53-7 (16.33m)
App State will host the Appalachian Split Meet at Holmes on Feb. 17 then head down to Birmingham, Ala. for the 2017 Sun Belt Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Appalachian State University softball played in their first twin bill on Saturday for the 2017 season but fell short in both matches. College of Charleston defeated App State 12-1, and the Mountaineers dropped to Jacksonville 4-0 in the nightcap.
Appalachian slipped to 0-3 overall while College of Charleston (2-0) and Jacksonville (4-0) stayed perfect in tournament play. Ten Mountaineers grabbed hits with Alisha Josey (Garner, N.C./Garner) leading the offensive charge going 2-for-6 on the day. A. Josey has opened up the season recording hits in three-straight ballgames, including yesterday’s home run and going 1-for-3 against College of Charleston and Jacksonville on Saturday.
Game One: College of Charleston 12, App State 1
Charleston (2-0, 0-0 CAA) started scoring early by snatching two runs off of a double to left corner to take the early 2-0 lead in the first, but once it was Apps’s turn to bat, Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga. (Lowndes) answered Cof C’s two with one of her own thanks to a sacrifice fly by Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell).
Only down by one, App knew to keep a tight defense to keep the game close, but the Cougars collected six runs in the second to further extend their lead to 8-1.
App State tried to make the right offensive plays to claw their way back into the match, but they never recovered from the seven-run drought plus Charleston’s four extra runs in the third and fifth innings that won the ball game 12-1 (5).
The Mountaineers ended the bout with 20 at bats, one run, six hits, one RBI and three errors, and three pitchers saw action in the match against the Cougars. Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) got her first start of the season and went 4.0 innings with seven runs, five earned on eight hits and five walks. In relief, both Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) and Ciocatto (0-2) and Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./ La Habra (Delaware State)) went 0.3 innings with five runs and none earned on three hits and two walks.
Game Two: Jacksonville 4, App State 0
After two scoreless innings, Jacksonville reached the boards first with two runs off a sacrifice fly and a single RBI at the bottom of the third.
App tried to even up the score with Katie Mathewson’s (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) hard single up the middle in te fourth but the Black and Gold could not strike up a following play to score.
In the fifth and sixth innings, JU connected on two more opportunities to widen the gap to four runs to none. In the fifth, a triple opened up an opportunity for a RBI single, and an App error yielded a path for a score after JU stole two bases.
App State threatened the Dolphin’s lead when freshman Taylor Rivenburgh (Rocky Point, N.C./Heide Trask) cracked her first base hit in her collegiate career to right field for a double, but Jacksonville fielded a double play, and Haley Glover (Wendell, N.C./East Wake) grounded out at first to end the ballgame 4-0.
Ciocatto received the start for the second JU matchup and pitched 4.0 innings with three runs and one earned, on six hits to go with one walk and one strikeout. In relief was freshman Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) (0-1) who threw 2.0 innings with one run on three hits and one strikeout.
The Black and Gold will finish opening weekend at the Jacksonville River City Leadoff tomorrow, Feb. 12 to play George Mason at noon.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (6-2) split both its games Saturday at the second annual Bear Bash – defeating Concord (10-0) before falling to Virginia-Wise (3-1) – at Bears Field.
Lenoir-Rhyne 10, Concord 0 (five innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne took control early – scoring all 10 of its runs in the first three innings of work – in run-ruling the Mountain Lions.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.) hit a home run while sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) added three hits and three runs batted in. The Bears also finished with 15 hits for the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 3-0 on the year after earning the complete game victory while Concord's Sarah Herndon (Berryville, Va.) suffered the loss.
Virginia-Wise 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 1
The Cavaliers' Alexa Hernandez (Woodbridge, Va.) came through with a two-run double in the top of the second inning while Taylor Brandts (King George, Va.) (1-0) earned the complete game victory. Brandts scattered seven hits while striking out three batters.
For Lenoir-Rhyne, freshman third baseman Mackensi Swain (Pinetown, N.C.) hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning while freshman Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) (2-2) suffered the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Spartanburg, S.C., to face Converse in a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Catawba Valley Community College baseball defeated Surry Community College in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday, winning game one 10-4 and in game two, 7-1.
In game one, Cory Watt went two-for-four with a double, three runs scored and a walk. Chandler Jenkins went two-for-four, with three runs scored, three RBI, and a walk. Riley Smith went two-for-three with two doubles, a run, three RBI and two walks.
Charles Hall got his first win of the season on the mound, going 5.1 innings pitched, allowing four earned runs, giving up five hits and striking out eight.
In game two, Jenkins went two-for-two with a double, a run, two RBI and a walk.
The winning pitcher for the Red Hawks was Omar Bautista who went six innings, allowing only five hits, an earned run and striking out seven.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Baseball Team (7-0) remained perfect on the year with a doubleheader sweep of Emmanuel (Georgia) (3-3), 11-6 and 7-4, Saturday afternoon at Bears Field. The Bears came into the contest ranked No. 20 in the nation.
Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 11, Emmanuel 6
The Bears rallied from a 5-0 deficit to take the win over the Lions thanks to junior third baseman Fred Wadsworth's (Columbia, S.C.) game-winning two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Wadsworth drove in three runs to lead the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne also scored 11 straight runs in the contest and received three hits and three runs batted in from sophomore outfielder Zach Jacobs (Moncks Corner, S.C.).
On the mound, Lenoir-Rhyne junior Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) (1-0) earned the win after striking out seven batters in relief while Emmanuel's Cody Waters (Dahlonega, Ga.) (0-1) suffered the loss. Tim Manning (Newnan, Ga.) hit a grand slam for the Lions in the second inning in the losing effort.
Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 7, Emmanuel 4 (seven innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne took control early by scoring all seven runs in the first two innings highlighted by a bases-clearing double from senior third baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.).
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Hunter Martin (Stanfield, N.C.) improved to 2-0 on the season while junior Tad Ratliff (Taylorsville, N.C.) pitched a scoreless seventh inning for his first save of the year.
For Emmanuel, Eric Pape (Loganville, Ga.) drove in two runs while Daniel Gooden (Griffin, Ga.) fell to 0-2 after taking the loss.
The Carson-Newman Men's Basketball Team (15-9, 12-6) took over in the second half on its way to a 93-65 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (10-13, 9-9) Saturday afternoon in South Atlantic Conference action at the Holt Fieldhouse.
The Eagles' Charles Clark (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), the second-leading scorer in the league, led the way with a game-high 24 points as Carson-Newman exploded in the second half after trailing by a 41-40 score at halftime.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) scored 20 points and hit four treys off the bench while senior guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) added 12 points in the losing effort.
Carson-Newman scored 53 points after the break and led by as many as 31 points – 86-55 with 7:19 left – in the victory. Shaun Jones (Lawrenceville, Ga.) added 20 points for the Eagles, who shot 64 percent (20-of-31) in the second half.
Lenoir-Rhyne next takes on Newberry Wednesday at 8pm.
Appalachian State University men’s tennis (3-2) fell to a tough Richmond team (6-2) on Saturday at the River Birch Tennis Complex in Greenville, N.C.
Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) was the lone player who picked up the point for the Mountaineers in singles play as the No. 2 in the lineup. Maddocks toppled Alexandre Felisa, 7-5, 6-3 to improve to 4-1 this season in singles competiton.
App fell in the two doubles matches and three singles matches while three total games went unfinished.
The Mountaineers couldn’t get anything going against the Spiders, who upended East Carolina the day before to give the Pirates their first loss of the season.
Maddocks and Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) fell Felisa and Jacob Dunbar, 6-1, while Campbell Stone (Raleight, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) and Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) were downed as the No. 3 pairing, 6-2.
In singles play, Webster fell to the 86th-ranked player in the country in Dunbar in a matchup between the No. 1’s in the lineup. Both Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) both suffered defeats in their matches as well.
App will have to face another formidable opponent in East Carolina tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.
Appalachian State University women’s tennis (2-5) rolled past Radford (0-3) by a score of 6-1 on Saturday for the first road win of the season in Virginia.
Appalachian took home two of three doubles matches and five of six singles victories for the win. The Mountaineers gave a resilient performance after falling in the past two contests.
The Apps started off fast with Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) downing Drousile Dzeuboue/Claire Nguyen, 6-1 in a matchup between the No. 2 duos. Swope and Zupan improve to 4-3 this season for a team-high in double victories. Clinching the doubles match for App was the No. 3 tandem in Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Lake) and Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela ), as the pair dealt Karlie Pope and Yuliia Popova a 6-2 setback.
Three of the singles triumphs went on to three sets, but Machado was the first to finish in the No. 4 slot with a straight-set 6-3, 6-0 victory against Popova. Morse valiantly fell to Dzeubo, 6-1, 6-3 before Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) notched a straight-set win of her own as the No. 6 in the lineup. 6-2, 6-1, over Pope.
With the singles matches tied at 1-1 and App holding a 3-1 lead overall, Gabrielle Wreder (Miami Killian) came away with a big 6-2, 6-4 win in the three slot to clinch the win for the Mountaineers.
Swope capped off her solid day with a 6-1, 0-6, 6-2 win in the No. 2 slot over Natalie Sayer, while Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) finished off the day earning a 6-3, 7-6 (10-7) victory.
The Apps will continue the road trip and look for their third win of the season at USC Upstate on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (0-1), ranked No. 14 in NCAA Division II, fell to second-ranked Limestone (1-0) in the 2017 season opener Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.
The Saints, the national runners-up last year and the 2014 and 2015 national champions, were led by Charlie Sheehan (St. Catharines, Ontario, CANADA) with five goals in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne was paced by junior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) with a pair of goals while junior long stick middle Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.) added a pair of assists in the setback.
Limestone won 25 of the 29 faceoffs and held a 57-31 advantage in shots taken in the victory.
After Corrigan scored to tie the contest at five at the 5:44 mark of the second period, the Saints reeled off six straight goals to take control.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) suffered the loss in goal despite making 10 saves while Limestone's Danny Forren (Trumbull, Conn.) earned the win in goal after stopping nine shots on the afternoon.
Lenoir-Rhyne next faces Rollins in Savannah, Ga., on Saturday beginning at 6pm.
Behind 14 3-pointers and double-figure scoring from Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett), Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)), Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) and Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School), Appalachian State University men’s basketball swatted away Georgia State and moved to 3-0 against the Panthers inside the Holmes Center since joining the Sun Belt.
Down 56-48 with 11:58 to play in regulation, the Mountaineers (7-16, 2-10 Sun Belt) received a late surge off the bench from Bennett Holley (Roanoke, Va./North Cross) who hit three 3-pointers in crucial moments for Appalachian to help them seal a five-point win over the Panthers (16-8, 9-3 Sun Belt).
Even bigger was the Mountaineers’ defense down the stretch, allowing just nine points to the Panthers over the final 7:38 of the game, including two massive blocks from Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) to help clinch the victory.
Johnson nearly finished with his second career double-double and collected nine points and 11 rebounds.
App State was led by Good’s 15 points, while Shabazz notched 14 and both Logan and Babic finished with 10 points a piece. The Black and Gold shot just 3-for-7 from the line in the first half, but finished 12-for-14 in the second period to help nail down the win.
Appalachian hit on 8-of-19 threes in the second half, including three from Good.
The Mountaineers will return to the court on Monday, Feb. 13 when they host Georgia Southern for a 7 p.m. tip inside the Holmes Center.
Notes: Appalachian earned its second Sun Belt win of the season and third home win over Georgia State dating back to 2014-15 … Patrick Good notched 15 points - his seventh double-digit scoring game of the year … Isaac Johnson grabbed 11 rebounds and collected his third double-digit rebounding effort, tying his career high … Ronshad Shabazz netted his 21st double-digit scoring game of the season and 39th of this career … Bennett Holley poured in a season-high 3 three-pointers, tying a career-high … the Mountaineers’ 14 threes were the second-most this season.
The Carson-Newman Women's Basketball Team (16-8, 13-5) started hot and never let up in downing Lenoir-Rhyne (15-9, 11-7), 82-75, Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at the Holt Fieldhouse.
The Eagles' Mika Wester (Newport, Tenn.) scored 20 points, tying a game-high, and Carson-Newman raced to a 31-10 lead after the first period of play and never looked back.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) also scored 20 points while senior forwards Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) and Alecia Bell (Newport News, Va.) added 15 points each but the Bears couldn't recover from the early burst from the Eagles.
Carson-Newman shot 51 percent (16-of-31) in the first half while four Eagles reached double figures in scoring.
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 33-27 advantage of the boards but hit just one-of-13 three-point attempts on the afternoon. In addition, the Eagles forced a season series split with the Bears.
In the next slate of South Atlantic Conference games on Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Newberry, S.C., to take on Newberry.
Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team defeated Bryant and Stratton 68-60 on the road in Virginia Saturday.
Myles Williams led the Red Hawks with 14 points as CVCC jumped out to an eight point advantage by halftime and held the same advantage for the final.
The Red Hawks are 17-8 overall and 11-5 in the conference. CVCC travels to Vance-Granville on Wednesday.
Caldwell Community College men's basketball team fell to Cape Fear Community College by two Saturday on teh road, 82-80.
Shawn Robinson had 21 points to lead the Cobras but Caldwell could not overcome two 20-point outputs by Cape Fear. Chase Byrd, a Hickory High grad, added 12 points. Jahmeel Watts contributed 15 points and MJ Phifer added 10 points.
The Cobras fall to 19-7 overall and 5-4 in conference play.
Appalachian State University women’s basketball (10-14, 5-8 SBC) fell to Georgia State in heartbreaking fashion, 59-55, on Saturday afternoon at the Holmes Center in the annual #Play4Kay contest.
Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) had one of her most efficient games of the season where she scored a game-high 25 points, grabbed nine boards and chipped in with two assists. The junior wing shot 8-for-13 from the field, tied a career high with five 3-pointers and went 4-of-5 from the free throw line. Story played a hand in 52 percent of the Apps’ points (25 points, two assists) and has scored in double figures in eight straight games.
In a game of runs, it ultimately came down to free throws where GSU shot 14-of-20 from the line while App shot just 11-for-23. The Panthers hit 10 of their 14 free throws in the final quarter. App would go just 1-of-4.
With App trailing 47-45 at the 6:39 mark of the fourth quarter, Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) hit a free throw before Joi Jones’ (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) coast-to-coast layup gave App a 48-47 edge. Story rose up for a clutch trifecta that capped off a 6-0 spurt and gave the Black and Gold a 51-47 lead. Appalachian stayed in front of the Panthers until with 1:30 left and up by three, 55-52, GSU ended the game on a 7-0 run to claim the win.
Appalachian did have a chance to tie on multiple occasions including a chance at the line while trailing 57-55, but App couldn’t convert.
The Mountaineers and Panthers were in a defensive struggle in the beginning of the game as both shot 23.1 percent from the floor. But App held the two-point edge, 12-10, going into the second frame thanks in large part to a Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) 3-pointer with 41 ticks left on the clock.
App used a 6-0 surge to go in front with a 20-14 lead after Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) muscled her way for a layup off an offensive rebound. However, the Panthers climbed back to tie the game at 20-apiece before App went into the break with a 24-23 advantage.
The Mountaineers came out fast with a 9-0 run in the first 2:04 of the third quarter. Murray started the run with a layup followed by five of the next seven points from Story including a 3-pointer. A free throw from Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, North/UT Martin) free throw with 6:10 left in the period gave Appalachian a 10-point lead, 37-27.
Georgia State sliced the lead to 40-38 with 26 seconds until Story heaved a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Black and Gold a 43-38 advantage. Appalachian held the lead for 29:46 while the GSU only held the lead for 2:16. The Panthers responded to App’s runs during the game before hitting late free throws to pull away.
App State notched 15 offensive rebounds and mustered up a 14-10 edge in second-chance points. Georgia State was led by three players in double-figures with Tiffany Holston scoring 14 points. App did a good job on Holston on the glass as she only registered four boards. Holston came into the game snagging 10 boards per game in conference action.
- Story led the team with a Player Efficiency Rating of 27 (PER).
- The Mountaineers 34-30 edge in rebounding makes it the 13th time in 15 games that they have outrebounded their opponent.
- Saturday was the first time all season the Apps didn’t record a block.
- Murray’s three steals makes it the fifth-straight game the redshirt-sophomore has notched multiple swipes.