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The 15th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team remained undefeated in Region 10 play on Sunday with a 67-47 road victory against Bryant & Stratton at Maury High School.

Sophomore forward Alliyah Chaplin paced the Red Hawks (10-1, 3-0 in Region 10) with 20 points — her fourth game this season with at least 20 points scored.

Sophomore guard Tazah Hardin and freshman guard Ariana Montgomery added 14 points apiece in the win for Catawba Valley.

CVCC took a commanding 36-14 lead at halftime paced by 13 points from Chaplin and eight points from Hardin.

Leading by 22 points at halftime, the Red Hawks would be outscored by the Bobcats by only two points in the second half, and Catawba Valley’s first half advantage was more than enough to secure it the 20-point conference win.

The CVCC women’s basketball team returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts conference foe Guilford Tech at the Tarlton Complex.

Tip off between the Red Hawks and Titans is set for 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Sunday, 05 January 2020 23:41

App State Women's Basketball Falls to Troy

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Appalachian State women's basketball fell to Troy, 84-55, on Saturday afternoon in Trojan Arena in the second of two Sun Belt games to open league action.

Appalachian falls to 3-10 (0-2 SBC) and Troy improves to 11-2 (2-0 SBC) on the season.

Ashley Polacek highlighted the App offense with a game-high 22 points on nine field goals and a trio of 3-pointers. It's the third game this season with at least 20, which all have come on the road. It also ties her career high (2018-19) with three 20-point performances.

Pre Stanley rounded out the leading scorers with 12 points and Bayley Plummer grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, scored six points and blocked three shots.

Plummer's layup and a trifecta by Polacek gave the Black and Gold an early 5-2 lead with 7:39 left in the opening period. Both teams shot less than 25 percent in the opening minutes of the game. As the game went on, Troy closed the frame with a 16-5 run to take an 18-10 advantage going into the second quarter.

Despite the Trojans, App State stayed within striking distance, slicing the gap to five after trailing by 11. Brooke Bigott hit a 3-pointer before consecutive field goals by Polacek brought App to within five, 30-25, after free throws by Troy. With the clock winding down, Emely Rosario hit a buzzer-beater to put Troy up 33-25.

The offense went into the half with some momentum, which carried over into the second half. Plummer's putback layup closed the gap to six, 33-27. While App went on a 6-of-8 stretch over a 3:57 span in the second and third periods, Troy's offense didn't let up as it still went up by as much as 14 during the run. Lainey Gosnell's lone field goal brought App to within 11, 43-32. That was the closest the Mountaineers got as Troy scored the next seven points and didn't look back.

App State turned the ball over just 13 times, but eight of those miscues were in the third period when Troy had its largest margin of any quarter.

Troy was led by four players in double figures with Jasmine Robinson netting 15.

App State hosts UTA at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Holmes Center.

The Bluegrass Mountain Conference announced Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Micah McRea and sophomore Kimberly Scheiber as the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Swimmers of the Week for the week of December 19th. The duo completed in the four-day Spartan Invite in Clearwater, Florida.

During the Event, McRea had 13 record breaking swims for the week, including his 400 IM time of 3:50.86, which was good for second in the nation. McRea ended up qualifying for four events for the NCAA Championship in March.

On Day 2 of the Spartan Invite, Scheiber had a career day she will never forget. In the 400 IM, she broke the school record by 8 seconds, make a NCAA 'B' cut and secured the 14th best time in the Nation.

During the four day event, Scheiber broke four school records and was part of five different relays that also broke school records. During the week, Scheiber qualified for four events for the NCAA Championships in March.

This is Scheiber's second Swimmer of the Week honor.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team buried 19 3-pointers to draw even with the mark set on Jan. 15, 2014 as the Bears defeated Coker 89-70.

The Bears were on fire from long range, connecting on 19-of-34 (55.9 percent) from the 3-point line. Both Cooper Fowler and Darius Simmons made six threes and the duo combined to go 12-for-17 from deep.

LR was particularly hot in the second half, finishing the final 20 minutes 11-for-18 from distance. Five different Bears hit at least one three and four made three or more. Fowler tied his career-high (which was set a game ago against Wingate) with 22 points and added five boards. Joining Fowler with 20-plus points were R.J. Gunn (21) and Simmons (20).

Tyson McClain came off the bench to score 14 points, his second-most in his career. On Nov. 9, the sophomore scored a career-best 17 against Young Harris.

Leading by six at the half, the Bears overpowered Coker with a 15-0 run to start the second half. The Bears held the Cobras scoreless for the first 4:28 of the second half and never looked back.

Royce Hunter led the visitors with 24 points and six boards. Chandler Lindsey and Malcolm Kennedy came off the bench to combine for 27.

A game after committing just eight turnovers, the Bears established a new season-low with just six turnovers. Mason Hawks and McClain finished with five assists and zero turnovers and Simmons had five dimes and one giveaway.

Fowler finished an outstanding week where he averaged 22 points and 7.5 rebounds and hit nine three-pointers.

The Bears have now won two straight and haven't lost when they reach 80 points. With the back-to-back wins, LR jumps from an 11th place tie to a tie for seventh in the SAC standings.

Gunn is just seven points shy of 600 for his career.

The Bears are 6-5 overall and 2-4 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R continues a four-game homestand when they host Carson-Newman on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. inside Shuford Gym.

Sunday, 05 January 2020 23:32

App State Men's Basketball Wins in Buzzer Beater

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Justin Forrest drained a three-pointer in the final seconds to lead App State men's basketball past Georgia Southern 74-72 on Saturday evening.

A layup by Forrest with 41 seconds remaining cut the Eagles (9-6, 3-1 SBC) to 72-71. App State (9-6, 3-1 SBC) got a stop on Georgia Southern's next possession and called a timeout. Out of the timeout, O'Showen Williams found Forrest who pump faked to his left and then drained a step back three at the top of the key with 0.9 seconds left to give the Mountaineers the 74-72 lead. A last second shot by Georgia Southern was no good giving the Mountaineers the two-point victory.

In the first half, the Black and Gold scored six consecutive points to open a 17-9 lead. Georgia Southern stormed back to tie the game at 24-24 and closed the half on a 15-5 run to take a 39-29 advantage into the intermission.

App State scored the first four out of the locker room and cut the deficit to a point at 42-41 on a pair of free throws from Kendall Lewis. Forrest knotted the score at 47-47 with a triple, but Georgia Southern countered with the next four points to take a 51-47 edge with 13:40 remaining. The Mountaineers answered right back with seven straight to open a 54-51 lead, only to see the Eagles jump back in front 58-54 with seven consecutive points.

Georgia Southern opened a seven-point lead at 71-64 with 3:15 to play. From there, the Black and Gold closed the game on a 10-1 run, capped by the clutch trey from Forrest for the win.

Forrest finished with a game-high 25 points, while adding five rebounds and four assists. Williams tallied 20 points, three rebounds and three assists. Forrest has now scored 20 or more points seven times this season and Williams poured in at least 20 points twice.

Lewis reached double figures with 11 points, while adding six rebounds. Hunter Seacat had eight points and a game-high nine rebounds, while Isaac Johnson chipped in with eight points and seven rebounds.

App State finished 24-of-56 (42.9 percent) from the field and went 17-of-19 (89.5 percent) from the free throw line. Georgia Southern went 24-of-60 (40.0 percent) from the field and 16-of-26 (61.5 percent) from the charity stripe.

The Mountaineers won the rebounding battle 42-31.

App State concludes its three-game home stand on Monday against Louisiana at 7 p.m. on Make an Impact Monday. The first 500 fans through the door will receive a rally towel.

Sunday, 05 January 2020 23:29

L-R Men's Swimming Downs Barton

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Jacob Greene and Micah McRea were a part of four wins each as the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Swimming Team dominated Barton 172-90 on Saturday Afternoon.

Team Scores:
Lenoir-Rhyne 172 , Barton 90

Bears Winners:
Spencer Ashby- 200 Medley Relay (1:36.44), 400 Free Relay (3:15.43)
Alex Ballard-1000 Free (9:57.76), 100 Fly (53.78)
Dillon Carey- 100 Free (49.43), 400 Free Relay (3:15.43)
Jacob Greene- 200 Medley Relay (1.36.44), 100 Back (53.37), 200 Back (1:56.56) 400 Free Relay (3:15.43)
Micah McRea- 200 Medley Relay (1:36.44), 200 Free (1:42.43), 200 IM (1:55.11) 400 Free Relay (3:15.43)
Alex Murphy- 500 Free (5:03.55)
John Ryan- 200 Medley Relay (1:36.44), 100 Breast (1:01.69), 200 Breast (2:14.63)

Bears will return home for a tri-meet with Catawba and Wingate on Saturday January 18th.

Sunday, 05 January 2020 23:25

L-R Women's Swimming Drops Road Meet to Barton

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Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Swimming traveled to Wilson, NC to face Barton College Saturday afternoon and won six out of 14 events but fell to Barton College 146-115.

Team Scores:
Lenoir-Rhyne 115, Barton 146

Bears Winners:
Lisa Boernigen- 200 Medley Relay (1:47.72), 500 Free (5:30.63)
Kelsey Krumanocker-1000 Free (11:20.76)
Lauren Rutherford- 200 Medley Relay (1:47.72) 200 IM (2:20.86)
Kimberly Scheiber 200 Medley Relay (1:47.72) 200 Breast (2:31.47)
Kiana Schumacher 200 Medley Relay (1:47.72) 100 Back (1:02.70)

The Bears will travel to Salisbury, N.C. for a tri-meet with Catawba and Wingate on Friday, January 17th at 5 PM.

Sunday, 05 January 2020 23:21

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Defeats Coker

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball team returned home for their first game in 45 days and Madeline Hardy had her fifth double-double of the year to lead the Bears to a 74-58 win over Coker.

The opening quarter saw the Bears get out to a 17-8 lead. Hardy led the Bears with seven points as Coker struggled from the field shooting only 4-23 in the quarter.

LR extended their lead in the second quarter to take a 31-21 lead into halftime. Coker had 12 offensive rebounds in the first half to lead them to a eight second chance points. Laney Fox hit two of her three first half three-pointers in the quarter to lead the Bears with nine points at half.

LR started the third quarter with a 12-0 run, Hardy had nine of the 12 points during the run. The Bears extended their lead to 26 points after three quarters.

The Bears shot a season high 45% from three point (9-20). Kennedy Weigt shot 5-9 from deep and Laney Fox went 4-8.

LR's defense forced Coker into 31.1% shooting from the field and forced 19 turnovers. The Bears added 10 steals on the day. LR has forced at least 10 steals in four out of the last five games.

Lenoir-Rhyne started their season with 9 of their first 11 games on the road, In the SAC, Only LR (9) and Mars Hill (8) have played more then 6 games on the road in the first half of the season.

Tonight's win marks the 7th straight win and 9 out of the last 10 against Coker. Coker's last win against the Bears was February 10, 2016 at Coker.

With 11 rebounds tonight, Madeline Hardy eclipses 100 rebounds on the season. Hardy is currently sixth in the SAC conference with 8.7 rebounds a game.

With 22 points tonight, it marks the third twenty point game for Madeline Hardy on the season.

Bears moved to 4-1 on the year when scoring at least 70 points.

Two-sport star Jackie Denny played in her first game since February 28, 2018 against Carson-Newman. Denny missed all last year due to injury.

LR improves 4-8 overall and 2-4 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears welcome Carson-Newman to Shuford Gymnasium on Wednesday evening at 5:30

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Freedom: 63
Hickory: 46

McDowell: 58
St. Stephens: 45

Alexander Central: 49
Watauga: 46

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 63
West Iredell: 55

Draughn: 78
Fred T. Foard: 56

East Burke: 50
Hibriten: 13

Patton: 61
West Caldwell: 43

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Newton-Conover: 67
Bandys: 50

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Freedom: 58
Hickory: 46

McDowell: 90
St. Stephens: 76

Alexander Central: 67
Watauga: 49

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Draughn: 78
Fred T. Foard: 62

Hibriten: 58
East Burke: 48

West Caldwell: 60
Patton: 57

West Iredell: 66
Bunker Hill: 53

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Newton-Conover: 71
Bandys: 66

Maiden: 60
West Lincoln: 18

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