Appalachian State University women's basketball (8-9, 3-3 SBC) needed a gutsy performance on Thursday to pull out a 67-63 triumph over Georgia State (5-12, 1-5 SBC) at GSU Sports Arena.
Bandys High School grad Madi Story scored a game-high 19 points and hit a career-high five 3-pointers to pace the App offense, while Joi Jones scored 12 points on five buckets and Q. Murray chipped in with 10.
Bayley Plummer corralled a team-high eight boards to go along with eight points off the bench. Amber Driver also scored eight points off the bench. The duo combined for 16 points, shot 7-of-13, grabbed 10 boards and made big plays in the fourth quarter.
With the game tied at the 2:14 mark, 61-61, the Apps scored six of the final eight points to earn the win.
Jones muscled her way to a layup down low to break the tie for good. After coming up with a big defensive stop, both teams traded a pair of baskets including a big shot in the paint from Story as the shot clock winded down and 14.8 seconds left in the game.
GSU would hit a layup to cut the deficit to one possession, 65-63, but Ashley Bassett-Smith sealed the win with a pair of free throws.
App hit a season-high nine 3-pointers and shot 50 percent from outside the arc. App State made the shots it needed to down the stretch, going 5-for-7 in the last 4:41 of the game.
App State will look to keep the momentum going against archrival Georgia Southern on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Statesboro.
The Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team defeated Brunswick Community College 77-48 Thursday night at home.
Nikki McCaskill paced the Red Hawks with 15 points. For the second game in three contests, Jala Daniels fell two rebounds shy of a double-double. Daniels had 14 rebounds and eight rebounds. Daniels had a double-double Tuesday and fell two rebounds shy Saturday night.
CVCC also had 13 points from Shaniya Lester and A'Liyah Woods added 10 points.
The Red Hawks improve to 9-3 overall and 5-2 in the conference. CVCC will host Wake Tech Saturday afternoon at 2.
Appalachian State University long distance runner Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) was tabbed the Sun Belt Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, as announced by the league’s office on Wednesday.
Van Ord grabs her first honor of the 2016-17 indoor track season after winning her first race at the ETSU Track & Field Invitational on Jan. 13. The senior ran a time of 17:28.12 in the 5,000 meters to snatch first place out of 39 competitors. Her time produced in Johnson City, Tenn. sits at No. 1 on the Sun Belt standing and is the 26th-best time run by any Division I student-athlete thus far.
This distinction marks Van Ord’s third league honor in 2016-17 after earning two SBC Athlete of the Week awards during the cross country season for the second-straight year.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (8-8, 7-4) rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit to upend Coker (6-11, 3-8), 78-73, Wednesday night in South Atlantic Conference action at the DeLoach Center.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) led all scorers with 27 points while senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) added another double-double – 11 points and 14 rebounds – as the Bears rallied from a 40-21 deficit late in the first half to take the win.
The Cobras were led by JaQuez Motley (Hinesville, Ga.), who totaled a team-high 17 points but Coker couldn’t hold the large first-half lead in suffering its third straight loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne shot 56 percent (16-of-29) in the second half while outscoring Coker by 16 points in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman forward Jacob Skidmore (Kings Mountain, N.C.) came off the bench to score 10 points while Chambers now has five double-doubles on the year.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne visits Brevard
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (11-6, 7-4) made it three victories in a row with a 61-42 win over Coker (3-13, 2-9) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at the DeLoach Center.
Three players scored in double figures for the Bears – led by senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) with 13 points – and Lenoir-Rhyne’s defense continued its impressive play this season.
Lenoir-Rhyne limited Coker to just 39 percent shooting (16-of-41) for the night and forced the Cobras into 19 turnovers in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhhyne senior forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) added 12 points and sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) scored 11 points as the Bears held a 31-20 advantage at halftime and never looked back.
For Coker, Kendra Lambert (Palmyra, Ind.) scored a team-high 12 points but was lone player to reach double figures for the Cobras. Lenoir-Rhyne also held a 33-24 advantage on the boards and handed Coker its third straight setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Brevard, N.C., to face Brevard in a league game Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
South Caldwell: 40
South Caldwell: 78
For the second straight year, Appalachian State University took down Duke University, 25-11, at Card Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
The Mountaineers (10-2, 4-0 Southern Conference) used four bonus point victories on the night to overthrow the Blue Devils (2-4, 0-1 ACC) in their own gym, now having won 19 of their last 23 dual matches.
Starting off the night on the right foot for App State was Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) at 197 pounds. Diabe took on Luke Farinaro and battled neck and neck for much of the three periods before Diabe got the advantage takedown and won out the match, 3-1.
No. 13 Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) lost a nail-biter at the heavyweight match to No. 7 Jacob Kasper, 5-4, on a last-minute takedown. The Mountaineers then rattled off two-straight victories at 125 and 133 pounds. Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) got the first major decision of the afternoon against Thayer Atkins, winning 11-3, before Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) downed Cole Baumgartner in a 5-0 decision to put the Apps out in control.
The Blue Devils wouldn’t go away quietly, however, responding to the Black and Gold with a bonus point victory at 141 pounds as Zach Finesilver used a 19-3 technical fall victory of Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest).
No. 15 Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) answered the call at 149 pounds next, taking on Xaviel Ramos. Zovistoski made quick work of the matchup, getting a 14-4 major decision to keep App out front.
Duke bounced back at 157 pounds, using a wire-tight 4-2 decision victory as Jake Faust took down Gavin Londoff (St. Louis, Mo./Holt) late to get the victory.
From there on out it was all Appalachian State as they smelled blood in the water and attacked. Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) got the huge upset at 174 pounds over No. 16 Connor Bass with a decisive 12-2 major decision. And David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) followed it up with dramatics to end the evening, taking Alec Schenk to the sudden victory round where Peters-Logue got the golden takedown to win 7-5.
Appalachian State wrestling now returns to Boone for three straight events, beginning with hosting SoCon-rival Gardner-Webb on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. The Mountaineers then host the Appalachian Open on Jan. 28 before bringing in Chattanooga on Feb. 5.
125: Vito Pasone (APP) def. Thayer Atkins (Duke), 11-3 MD
133: Colby Smith (APP) def. Cole Baumgartner (Duke), 5-0 dec.
141: Zach Finesilver (Duke) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 19-3 TF
149: #15 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Xaviel Ramos (Duke), 14-4 MD
157: Jake Faust (Duke) def. Gavin Londoff (APP), 4-2 dec.
165: Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Garrett Neff (Duke), 9-0 MD
174: Nick Kee (APP) def. #16 Connor Bass (Duke), 12-2 MD
184: David Peters-Logue (APP) def. Alec Schenk (Duke), 7-5 dec./S-V
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Luke Farinaro (Duke), 3-1 dec.
HWT: #7 Jacob Kasper (Duke) def. #13 Denzel Dejournette (APP), 5-4 dec.
Appalachian State and East Carolina announced a four-game football series beginning in 2021 at a joint press conference on Tuesday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium.
The series begins in 2021 with a Sept. 4 meeting at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. The Bank of America Stadium matchup is a home game for Appalachian State and the season-opener for both teams on Labor Day Weekend.
The series resumes in 2024 with the three final games played in consecutive years, with the 2024 and 2026 meetings in Greenville, N.C. and the 2025 meeting slated for Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone.
Appalachian State-East Carolina Football Series Game Dates
Game 1: September 4, 2021 (Charlotte, N.C. – Bank of America Stadium)
Game 2: September 14, 2024 (Greenville, N.C. - Dowdy–Ficklen Stadium)
Game 3: September 6, 2025 (Boone, N.C. – Kidd Brewer Stadium)
Game 4: September 5, 2026 (Greenville, N.C. - Dowdy–Ficklen Stadium)
“On behalf of Appalachian State University, I would like to thank Will Webb, the Charlotte Sports Foundation, Jeff Compher and East Carolina University, the Carolina Panthers, and Bank of America Stadium for the opportunity to host a home game in downtown Charlotte,” App State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said Tuesday. “The chance for App State to host a home game in an NFL Stadium, in Charlotte where our largest alumni base is and against a program like East Carolina is a great opportunity for our students-athletes, alumni, and fans.”
App’s 2021 schedule already features a return trip to Miami in addition to the opener with East Carolina in Charlotte.
“The Charlotte game is a chance for fans of both teams to get behind the game and enjoy what should be a great atmosphere in one of America’s great cities,” Gillin added. “The game is an opportunity for App to play in another in-state opponent, generate revenue, and provide a great opportunity, student-athletes, fans, and alumni, while still playing our traditional six-game home schedule at Kidd Brewer Stadium.”
App leads the all-time series with East Carolina 19-12, but the two programs have met only twice since 1979 despite being separated by around 250 miles. They last played in 2012 in Greenville.
Karley Long of Three Nail Academy joined the Red Hawks on December 15th to play volleyball at Catawba Valley Community College beginning with the 2017 season. Present for the signing were mom and dad Philip and Angela, Karley’s grandparents, sisters and nephew, CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson and CVCC Assistant Coach Mark Wimberley.
In her senior year, Long helped lead her team to the Home School State Championship and a 14-3 overall record. She also earned All-Conference Team honors and was named to the All-State team for the 4th year in a row! Coach Lee Dupree commented, “Karley is the body of our team… she makes us go!”
CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson is excited to add Karley to the Red Hawk’s line-up for the fall 2017 season. “Karley is an energetic, competitive student-athlete and I know she will work hard to continue learning and developing her volleyball skills”, comments Coach Hudson. “I anticipate a great freshman season from Karley and look for her to make immediate contributions to the line-up!”
Long plans to study business at CVCC.
Despite leading by four at the half, the Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team fell to Pitt Community College 91-73 on the road Sunday.
Emmanuel Wembi each had 13 points to pace the Red Hawks but Pitt outscored CVCC 58-36 in the second half.
With the loss, the Red Hawks fall to 11-7 overall and 5-4 in conference play. CVCC will go on the road to take on Wake Tech on Saturday.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Swimming Team took on the two-defending national champions Queens and Limestone Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at the Shuford Physical Education Center on campus.
In the final team results, the Royals beat both the Saints (207-49) and the Bears (215-45) while Limestone bested Lenoir-Rhyne by a score of 166-92.
For the seniors for the Bears, Erin McCann (Charlotte, N.C.) was seventh in the women's 500-yard freestyle (6:12.29) while Briana Wright (Columbia, S.C.) was fifth in the women's 100-yard freestyle (1:01.01) and sixth in the women's 100-yard breaststroke (1:15.58).
In addition, sophomore Hana Rutland (Anderson, S.C.) was third in the women's 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:40.83 for the Bears.
On the men's side, the Bears fell to both Queens (213-48) and Limestone (199-62) while the Royals downed the Saints by a score of 171-90. Queens is the two-time defending NCAA Division II National Champions.
For the Bears, junior Noah McRea (Hickory, N.C.) was second in the men's 500-yard freestyle (4:54.03) while senior Michael Reavis was sixth in the men's 100-yard butterfly.
Lenoir-Rhyne also had a couple of fourth-place finishes: freshman Jacob Queen (Hickory, N.C.) in the men's 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.61) and sophomore Jacob Sink (Advance, N.C.) (2:01.25) in the men's 200-yard butterfly.
Lenoir-Rhyne next competes against Catawba in a dual meet on Saturday, January 21, in Salisbury, N.C.
NCAA Division II Women's Swimming Meet
Limestone and Queens at Lenoir-Rhyne
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Shuford Physical Education Center
Queens 215, Lenoir-Rhyne 45
Limestone 166, Lenoir-Rhyne 92
Queens 207, Limestone 49
Queens 218, Lenoir-Rhyne 43
Limestone 199, Lenoir-Rhyne 62
Queens 171, Limestone 90
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (7-8, 6-4) connected on 19 free throws in the second half and pulled away late to defeat Mars Hill (3-13, 1-9), 84-74, in a South Atlantic Conference game Saturday afternoon inside Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Five players scored in double figures – led by senior guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) with 18 points – to lead the Bears to the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) finished with a tremendous double-double – 14 points and 17 rebounds – and the Bears hit 24-of-30 free throw attempts including 12 in the final 1:37 of the contest to take the win.
Mars Hill, losers of nine straight games, was led by Valentin Bauer (Klosternueburg, Austria) with 16 points off the bench in the setback. Vernon Jackson (Savannah, Ga.) added 11 points for the Lions, who did hold a 43-37 edge on the boards.
The contest featured 10 ties and 12 lead changes but the Bears ended the game on a 16-7 run over the final 2:28 of regulation. Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) added 13 points and the Bears hit 10 treys in the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road again to face Coker in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m., in Hartsville, S.C.
Appalachian State University women’s track and field finalized action at the ETSU Track & Field Invitational in Johnson City, Tenn. Saturday evening. Senior Darlene Girardeau (Hope Mills, N.C./South View(North Carolina Central)) snatched two top-three spots in the sprints and jumps, and Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./Watauga) proved to be the top collegian in the pole vault.
On the track, Girardeau sprinted to third place in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.68, and LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) exerted a 7.81 effort to place seventh in the 60 meters and ran 25.79 to place fifth in the 200 meters. For the mile run, Elisa Sargent (Cary, N.C. /Green Hope) crossed the finish line in 5:19.08 to place fourth, Sarah Venable (Cary, N.C./Cary) finished in seventh with a time of 5:24.39 and Grace Brooks (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) rounded out the top eight competitors with a personal-best effort of 5:24.48. In the long distance race, Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Cary) cruised passed the finish line in second in the 3,000 meters with an 18-second personal-best time of 10:20.12. Finishing in fourth and fifth were Kathryn Farina (Crozet, Va./Western Albermarle (HPU))(10:26.80/PR) and Kate Butler (Corning, N.Y. /Corning Painted Post) (10:30.50).
In the field events, the pole vault trio of Drummonds, Hannah Emery (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Lakeview) and Lainey Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) landed in third, fourth and fifth respectively and produced the top-three collegiate marks of the day. Lastly, on the runway, Girardeau made her mark in the long jump leaping 18-4.50 (5.60m) to place third, Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./ Williams) grabbed fifth with a mark of 18-3 (5.56m) and in ninth was Ila Mumford (Rural Hall, N.C. /Parkland) with a distance of 17-8.25 (5.39m).
1/14 ETSU Track & Field Invite Results
60m (final)- 3. Darlene Girardeau, 7.68; 7. LaBria King, 7.81
200m- 5. LaBria King, 25.79; DNS. Darlene Girardeau
Mile- 4. Elisa Sargent, 5:19.08; 7. Sarah Venable, 5:24.39; 8. Grace Brooks, 5:24.48 (pr); DNS. Mallary Price
3,000m-2. Torre Moser, 10:20.12 (pr); 4. Kathryn Farina, 10:26.80 (pr) ; 5. Kate Butler, 10:30.50 (pr) ; 14. Megan Scannell,10:54.77; 17. Molly Pusateri, 10:56.79 34. Kayla Hall,11:36.30; DNS. Ellen Spencer; DNS. Elisa Sargent
Long Jump- 3. Darlene Girardeau,18-4.50 (5.60m); 5. Chelsey Hargrave, 18-3 (5.56m); 9. Ila Mumford, 17-8.25 (5.39m); 12. K’Lynn Beal, 17-6.25 (5.34m)
Pole Vault- 4. Taylor Drummonds, 11-11.75 (3.65m); 5. Hannah Emery, 11-11.45 (3.65m) (indoor pr); 6. Lainey Hunnicutt, 11-5.75 (3.50m); 11. Sofia San Miguel, 10-11.75 (3.35m)
Shot Put- 11. Amber Daniel, 37-9.50 (11.52m)
App State will host the Mountaineer NCAA Indoor Meet on Friday, Jan. 20 to Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Holmes Center.
Appalachian State University’s Jordan Dale (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford), Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Westchester Country Day (UNC-Charlotte)) and Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) highlighted the day grabbing first-place finishes as the men’s track and field team finished competition at the ETSU Track and Field Invitational in Johnson City, Tenn. on Saturday.
On the track, Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd) cleared all barriers in the 60-meter hurdle finals and produced a time of 8.53 to take fifth place. For the relays, the Mountaineer 4x400-meter quartet clocked a time of 3:21.29 to place fourth. In the mile, freshman Ian Foley (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) ran three seconds off his PR to place third with a time of 4:25.74. Lastly, in the 3,000 meters, Anderson and Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) served a one-two punch finishing in the top two spots. Anderson produced a time of 8:37.50 and Georges ran a 17-second personal best of 8:38.70.
In the field events, App State grabbed two first-place victories. Dale soared to his first-ever collegiate win as a Mountaineer and secured his top spot off of misses. The freshman set a personal-best of 6-9.50 (2.07m) on his first attempt at that height which put him in the peak position going into the next mark where the final three competitors missed at 6-10.75 (2.10m). Senior Milch powered the shot put 53-6.50 (16.32m) to snatch first place, and teammate Ellsworth Parham (Asheville, N.C./Christ School) threw the metal ball a quarter of an inch behind him to take second with a toss of 53-6.25 (16.31m).
1/14 Results ETSU Track & Field Invite
60H- 5. Brandon Smith, 8.53
Mile-3. Ian Foley, 4:25.74
3,000m-1. Chris Anderson, 8:37.50; 2. Evan Georges, 8:38.70 (pr); 9. Collin Loy, 8:56.64; 14. Jacob Sears, 9:03.30, 25. Ryan Shannon, 9:19.29; 30. Chris Kelly, 9:24.88
4x400m Relay- 4. Appalachian State (A), 3:21.29
Long Jump- NM. Tylen Noel; NM. Jordan Johnson
High Jump- 1. Jordan Dale, 6-9.40 (2.07m) (pr); T-4. Nick Hinton, 6-2.75 (1.90m); T-9. Daniel Lauffenburger, 6-0.75 (1.85m)
Shot Put- 1. Nathan Milch, 53-6.50 (16.31m); 2. Ellsworth Parham, 53-6.25 (16.31m); 8. Michael Albert, 46-1.5 (14.06m); 10. Nicolas Botett, 46-0 (14.02m)
The Black and Gold is set to host the 2017 Mountaineer NCAA Indoor Meet on Jan. 20-21 at the Holmes Center in Boone.
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.
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.
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.
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 50
West Iredell: 33
St. Stephens: 28
South Caldwell: 65
Fred T. Foard: 27
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 62
East Rutherford: 60
R-S Central: 96
Southern District 7:
West Caldwell: 56
Bunker Hill: 40
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 59
West Iredell: 35
St. Stephens: 50
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
R-S Central: 59
East Rutherford: 68
East Burke: 53
Southern District 7:
West Caldwell: 67
Bunker Hill: 54
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.