Wednesday night, Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team exploded for 69 points in the second half for 106-82 win over Vance Granville Community College. With the win, head coach Bryan Garmouth picked up his 100th win at CVCC.
Two players had double-doubles to lead the Red Hawks. Emmanuel Wembi had 19 points and 20 rebounds. Fred T. Foard grad Nolan Whitener had 15 points and 15 rebounds.
Derick Brewer had a game high 27 points for the Red Hawks. Matt Powell chipped in 16 points and Myles Williams added 11.
CVCC improves to 14-6 overall and 8-3 in conference play. CVCC will host first place Louisburg College Saturday at 3pm.
Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Picked to Repeat as SAC Champions, Seven Players Earn Preseason All-ConferenceWritten by Jason Savage
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team was picked to repeat as South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Champions after being voted first in the 2017 league preseason head coaches poll.
Lenoir-Rhyne received nine first-place votes for a total of 130 points. Last year, the Bears finished 48-13 overall including a 20-2 mark in conference play while earning a berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
In addition, seven Bears garnered preseason all-league accolades including six players on the first team: sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.), junior outfielder Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.), senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.), junior second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.), junior shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) and senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.).
Boone was a first-team all-region and all-conference honoree and was named the SAC Freshman Of The Year in 2016 after leading the team in several offensive categories including batting average (.402), runs (62), hits (86), total bases (127), slugging percentage (.593) and stolen bases (14).
Walker, a first-team all-conference pick as well, batted .400 while Landreth finished with a .357 batting average, six home runs and 30 runs batted in. Landreth is a two-time All-South Atlantic Conference First-Team honoree (2015-16).
Poe was a second-team all-conference selection last year while Carter started all 61 games and finished with a .379 batting average, 17 doubles, four home runs and 47 runs batted in. Carter was both a First-Team All-SAC and All-Southeast Region honoree.
Kenley was named to the 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team after leading the squad in home runs with nine in addition to 44 runs batted in and a .333 batting average.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior utility player Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) hit seven home runs with 39 runs batted in while garnering all-region accolades last spring.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the season on Wednesday, February 1, against Belmont Abbey in a doubleheader on the road in Belmont, N.C., beginning at 1:00 p.m.
2017 South Atlantic Conference
Softball Preseason Poll
1. Lenoir-Rhyne (9) 130
2. Carson-Newman (3) 117
3. Wingate 109
4. Catawba 93
5. Anderson 91
6. Lincoln Memorial 90
7. Newberry 68
8. Queens 66
9. Mars Hill 52
10. Coker 47
11. Tusculum 43
12. Brevard 19
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Softball Preseason Teams
OF – Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF – Christina Walker, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF – Kristen Stinnard, Catawba
1B – Sydney Landreth, Lenoir-Rhyne
2B - Madison Poe, Lenoir-Rhyne
SS – Madison Carter, Lenoir-Rhyne
3B – Misty Doran, Wingate
DP – Taylor Lail, Mars Hill
UTIL – Katie McLaurin, Wingate
C – Sarah Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne
P – Allison Webster, Carson-Newman
P – Augie Pena, Anderson
OF – Christina Linton, Newberry
OF – Naomi Sapp, Wingate
OF – Riley Morris, Coker
1B – Ashton Whitaker, Queens
2B – Taylor Barcomb, Coker
SS – Kristen Toppel, Carson-Newman
3B – Casey Stanek, Mars Hill
DP – Katherine Shumaker, Catawba
UTIL – Mackenzie Cates, Lenoir-Rhyne
C – Cailah Niles, Anderson
P – Rachel Weidner, Wingate
P – Lauren Rudesheim, Anderson
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association in conjunction with Wells Fargo released the fall standings in the 38th annual Wells Fargo Cup competitions for the 2016-17 academic year. The award recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.
After the fall sports season, Green Hope remains on top after their incredible performances last year in the 4A division. Meanwhile, Marvin Ridge reclaims their position in front of Weddington for the 3A class. In the 2A division, Lake Norman Charter surpasses last year’s victor, Carrboro for the fall sports season. After a very close race for the 1A division, Raleigh Charter pulls through and secures the championship.
Green Hope keeps hold of their possession of the top spot in the 4A ranks after the fall sports season. The Falcons had a comfortable lead of 90 points ahead of Cardinal Gibbons. Green Hope took home State Championships for men’s soccer and volleyball. They followed that up with runner-up finishes in men’s and women’s cross country and women’s tennis.
The 3A race is led by Marvin Ridge with a 48-point lead over Weddington. The Mavericks took home state championships in women’s tennis and men’s soccer. They also received third place in men’s cross country and fifth place in women’s cross country.
Lake Norman Charter excelled in the fall sports season for the 2A division. Their 60-point lead over the North Carolina School of Science and Math can be attributed to their state championships in women’s tennis ad men’s cross country. The Knights also advanced to the regional final in the men’s soccer championship. Maiden gets a top 10 spot at 10th place after the fall sports season.
Raleigh Charter won the tough battle for first place in the 1A division. With five school within ten points of each other, the Phoenix came out on top, almost 8 points ahead of Mount Airy and Wallace-Rose Hill. Raleigh Charter secured a women’s tennis state championship and came in second-place for men’s cross country.
Wells Fargo Cup points are determined by a system based on performance in state championship events. All schools that finish in the top eight positions (plus ties) earn points. In the playoff events involving teams from more than one classification, Wells Fargo Cup points are awarded based on the school’s standing against other schools in its own classification. If fewer than eight schools from a classification compete in a sport, only those schools that are represented are eligible to receive the Cup points.
Points are awarded for all sports as follows: 50 for first, 45 for second, 40 for third, 35 for fourth, 30 for fifth, 25 for sixth, 20 for seventh and 15 for eighth. In the event of a tie, the schools receive and equal number of points based on the number of teams that tie and the number of teams that finish higher in the standings. Five points are awarded for each sanctioned sport in which a school competes.
Wells Fargo Cup standings are announced three times each school year: once after the fall and the winter sports and concluding with the overall winner after the spring sports season ends.
1A Wells Fargo Cup Fall Standings
1 – Raleigh Charter – 165
T2 – Mount Airy – 157.5
T2 – Wallace-Rose Hill – 157.5
T4 – Bishop McGuinness – 155
T4 – Franklin Academy – 155
6 – Community School of Davidson – 147.5
7 – Gray Stone Day – 132.5
8 – East Carteret – 117.5
T9 – Murphy – 110
T9 – Lincoln Charter – 110
11 – Whiteville – 95
12 – Walkertown – 85
T13 – Louisburg – 80
T13 – Plymouth – 80
T13 – West Montgomery – 80
2A Wells Fargo Cup Fall Standings
1 – Lake Norman Charter – 225
2 – NC School of Science & Math – 165
3 – Carrboro – 145
4 – First Flight – 142.5
5 – Smoky Mountain – 125
6 – Hendersonville – 115
7 – Currituck County – 112.5
8 – Durham School of the Arts – 107.5
9 – Lincolnton – 105
10 – Maiden – 102.5
11 – Jordan-Matthews – 95
T12– Brevard – 85
T12 – Reidsville – 85
T12 – Shelby – 85
T12– West Davidson – 85
3A Wells Fargo Cup Fall Standings
1 – Marvin Ridge – 275
2 – Weddington – 227.5
3 – Chapel Hill – 225
4 – A.C. Reynolds – 120
T5 – Terry Sanford – 110
T5 – Northern Guilford – 110
7 – Cox Mill – 107.5
8 – Rocky Mount – 102.5
T9 – West Carteret – 92.5
T9 – Asheville – 92.5
11 – Lee County – 87.5
T-12 – Rockingham County – 85
T-12 – South Point – 85
T-14 – Union Pines – 80
T-14 – Walter M. Williams – 80
4A Wells Fargo Cup Fall Standings
1 – Green Hope – 270
2 – Cardinal Gibbons – 180
T3 – Charlotte Catholic – 145
T3 – Ronald Reagan – 145
5 – Broughton – 137.5
6 – Pinecrest – 107.5
7 – Myers Park – 105
8 – Page – 100
T9 – Watauga – 95
T9 – East Chapel Hill – 95
11 – Providence – 92.5
12 – Leesville Road – 90
T13 – Wake Forest – 85
T13 – Dudley – 85
15 – Davie – 80
Appalachian State University wrestling split the weight classes 5-5, but was able to overcome a pesky Gardner-Webb team by taking the final two matches, winning 19-17 on Tuesday night in Varsity Gym.
The 16th-ranked Mountaineers (11-2, 5-0 Southern Conference) went ahead 13-0 early by getting three wins, two of which were bonus points, but the Runnin’ Bulldogs were bale to claw back in by rattling off five-straight weight-class victories to take the lead.
Down 17-13 and with the momentum against him, sophomore Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) stepped up to face off against Payton Mills in a must-win situation at the 197-pound class for the Black and Gold. Mills played defense while Diabe knew he had to go for points and battled in for a takedown and two escapes to get the 4-0 decision win to bring App State within one, 17-16.
In another must-win match, No. 12 senior heavyweight Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) also knew he had to go on the offense against Gardner-Webb’s Boyce Cornwell if they were going to get the win. After two periods that saw few points or action due to defensive strategy from Cornwell, Dejournette finally found the takedown he needed to go up 3-1.
The senior stayed in control the rest of the way and wound up with the riding time advantage to get the 4-1 decision and the Mountaineers the 19-17 victory.
Appalachian started the match off on an absolute tear, with No. 19 senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) launching everything with a breakneck pin at 125 pounds. Pasone pinned Landon LoAlbo in 1:26 – his first pin of the year. No. 24 freshman Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) carried the bonus points wagon forward at 133 pounds, defeating Phillip Anderson with a 9-1 major decision.
Sophomore Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) got the hard-fought win at 141 pounds, having to battle Ryan Hull deep into the third period to get the victory. Hull came out quick first and caught Enriquez in some bad spots early to take the lead. But Enriquez didn’t let up and battled back each time Hull would make a move. The Aberdeen-native won the match 11-10.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs were able to take the middle five weight classes. Chris Vassar defeated sophomore Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) in a 14-2 major decision. Ryan Mosley downed sophomore Gavin Londoff (St. Louis, Mo./Holt) in a 7-2 decision. Tyler Marinelli won a tightly contested 4-3 decision over junior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson). Austin Trott defeated junior Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) in a 10-3 decision and Hunter Gamble got the 9-1 major decision over junior David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange).
The Mountaineers will go on to host the Appalachian Open on Saturday, Jan. 28, beginning at 9 a.m. Appalachian’s next duals match will be against SoCon rival Chattanooga on Sunday, Feb. 5. The action begins at 2 p.m.
125: #19 Vito Pasone (APP) pinned Landon LoAlbo (GWU), 1:26
133: #24 Colby Smith (APP) def. Phillip Anderson (GWU), 9-1 maj. dec.
141: Irvin Enriquez (APP) def. Ryan Hull (GWU), 11-10 dec.
149: Chris Vassar (GWU) def. #15 Matt Zovistoski (APP), 14-2 maj. dec.
157: Ryan Mosley (GWU) def. Gavin Londoff (APP), 7-2 dec.
165: Tyler Marinelli (GWU) def. Forrest Przybysz (APP) 4-3 dec.
174: Austin Trott (GWU) def. #17 Nick Kee (APP), 10-3 dec.
184: Hunter Gamble (GWU) def. David Peters-Logue (APP), 9-1 maj. dec.
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Payton Mills (GWU), 4-0 dec.
HWT: #12 Denzel Dejournette (APP) def. Boyce Cornwell (GWU), 4-1 dec.
North Piedmont Conference:
North Iredell: 52
Alexander Central: 43
St. Stephens: 65
South Caldwell: 36
Fred T. Foard: 42
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 66
Kings Mountain: 65
Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 39
West Lincoln: 21
West Caldwell: 59
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 52
North Iredell: 32
Fred T. Foard: 59
St. Stephens: 40
South Caldwell: 52
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 55
Kings Mountain: 68
Southern District 7:
West Caldwell: 75
West Lincoln: 75
Bunker Hill: 68
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team was picked to finish second in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Head Coaches Poll, league officials announced this morning.
Queens, the three-time SAC Regular Season and Tournament Champions, was picked to win the title once again with eight first-place votes and 80 total points. Lenoir-Rhyne had one first-place vote with a total of 72 points.
Six Bears garnered all-league preseason accolades including junior goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas), who was named to the All-SAC Preseason First Team. Flueck was an IWLCA NCAA Division II Women’s Lacrosse Second-Team All-American last year after leading the league in both saves (194) and save percentage (53.2).
Five players – senior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.), junior attacker Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.), junior defenders Emily Kessler (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Taylor Winters (Marietta, Ga.) and senior defender Noreen McAllister (Bayport, N.Y.) – were named to the all-conference preseason second team for Lenoir-Rhyne.
Schwitkis, an 2016 All-SAC honoree, led the team in goals scored (43) last year while Benedetto was second on the team in goals scored (41), assists (20) and total points (61) and was named to the 2016 SAC Championship All-Tournament Team.
Kessler, Winters and McAllister all anchored a backline which allowed just over 10 goals per game. Kessler had nine goals on the year while Winters was named to the all-league second team last spring.
Lenoir-Rhyne, under first-year mentor Carlee Buck, opens the 2017 season on Wednesday, February 22, at 4:00 p.m., against Belmont Abbey at Moretz Stadium.
2017 South Atlantic Conference
Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll
1. Queens (8) 80
2. Lenoir-Rhyne (1) 72
3. Wingate 64
4. Tusculum 61
5. Catawba 50
6. Brevard 46
7. Coker 38
8. Newberry 30
9. Lincoln Memorial 27
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women's Lacrosse Preseason Teams
A - Caitlyn Nemeth, Brevard
A - Hanna Scott Queens
A - Abigail Pauus, Queens
A - Brittany Andrews, Wingate
MF - Kelly Dowd, Queens
MF - Paulena Dempsy, Wingate
MF - Nicolette Salay, Catawba
MF - Madison Malone, Tusculum
D - Lindsay Ordemann, Coker
D - Marabeth Durden, Coker
D - Aarika Kaester, Queens
D - Morgan Insel, Wingate
GK - Ines Flueck, Lenoir-Rhyne
A - Faith Kent, Coker
A - Alexandra Bruder, Queens
A - Torrey Schwitkis, Lenoir-Rhyne
A - Shannon O’Neal, Wingate
MF - Aubriana Benedetto, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF - Claudia Jenkins, Coker
MF - Hannah Scott, Catawba
MF - Amara Moss, Lincoln Memorial
D - Emily Kessler, Lenoir-Rhyne
D - Taylor Winters, Lenoir-Rhyne
D- Melissa Saganich, Lincoln Memorial
D - Noreen McAllister, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK - Arion Pierre, Wingate
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Lacrosse Team was picked to repeat as South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Champions according to the 2017 league preseason coaches poll, released earlier today.
Lenoir-Rhyne was voted in first overall and received seven first-place votes for a total of 77 points. The Bears have won two of the past three conference regular season titles and won the 2016 SAC Championship Tournament.
In addition, the Bears had three players named to the 2017 All-South Atlantic Conference First Team: senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.), junior long stick middle Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.) and junior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.).
Hanlon led the team in goals scored (38), assists (24) and total points (62) while Lett totaled 55 ground balls in addition to a goal and three assists last season. Both players were first-team all-league honorees last year while Hanlon was named to the 2016 SAC All-Tournament squad.
Corrigan, a 2016 Second-Team All-SAC honoree, finished with 26 goals, 10 assists and 36 points last spring.
Lenoir-Rhyne (12-4, 8-0), ranked No. 14 in NCAA Division II, opens the season against second-ranked Limestone on Saturday, February 11, at 1:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium. The Bears enter the season on an 11-game winning streak.
2017 South Atlantic Conference
Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Poll
1. Lenoir-Rhyne (7) 77
2. Queens (1) 69
3. Wingate (1) 64
4. Tusculum 44
5t. Mars Hill 37
5t. Lincoln Memorial 37
7. Catawba 34
8. Coker 31
9. Brevard 14
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Teams
A – Garrett Sadler, Queens
A – Mike Hanlon, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Jeremy Sullivan, Wingate
MF – Dallas Wade, Tusculum
MF – Ben Corrigan, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Daniel Godwin, Wingate
D – Anthony Crisera, Wingate
D – Chris Gazzio, Wingate
D – Ryon Bellamy, Queens
LP – Collin Lett, Lenoir-Rhyne
Spec. – Connor Eakes, Catawba
GK – Jacob Ormerod, Wingate
A – Austin Murphy, Wingate
A – Dima Ferriera, Mars Hill
A – Ben Boyd, Tusculum
MF – Adam Golia, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Nathan Stewart, Mars Hill
MF – Billy Kopsky, Lincoln Memorial
D – Nick Rizzieri, Queens
D – Gus Weber, Catawba
D – Ryan Benck, Lincoln Memorial
LP – Griffin Stechmiller, Queens
Spec. – Jonathan Paige, Queens
GK – Ryan Applegate, Catawba
Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) turned in a career night, finishing with 22 points, while three others finished in double-figures, however, it wouldn’t be enough and Appalachian State University men’s basketball would fall to Georgia State 83-72 on Monday night.
Johnson was an efficient 6-for-8 from the floor, including a stellar 10-for-11 at the foul line en route to his career night. The 10 free throws made were a career-best for Johnson. The sophomore also grabbed three rebounds and tallied one block in the effort.
The Mountaineers (6-12, 1-6 Sun Belt) got off to a lightning fast start to open the game, beginning 4-for-5 from the field leading to the first media timeout. Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) notched seven of the team’s first 10 points. Shabazz finished the game with 18 - his 35th double-digit scoring game of his career. Shabazz also finished with seven boards and four assists.
The Black and Gold led for nearly nine minutes of the first half and with a 19-18 lead, a short 6-0 run for the Panthers (12-6, 5-2 Sun Belt) propelled them into the lead, one in which they would take into the locker room up seven at 39-32.
An 18-5 run to start the second half, keyed by an Isaiah Williams jumper saw the Panthers soar to a game-high 20-point advantage at 57-37. Despite the damage, Appalachian weathered the storm and worked its way back into the ballgame.
App State closed to within just nine points at 68-59 with 6:12 remaining in regulation following two Johnson free throws, but it’s the closest they would get the rest of the way.
Off the bench for the Mountaineers, Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett) splashed in three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points, while Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) scored all 12 of his points in the second half after registering just seven minutes in the opening period.
In 19 minutes off the Mountaineer bench, Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) once again led the Apps on the boards with a team-high eight rebounds. Johnson also collected four points.
As a team, the Mountaineers enjoyed one of their finer games at the charity stripe, finishing 21-for-24 at the free throw line.
D’Marcus Simonds led the Panthers with a game-high 25 points, while Malik Benlevi was the other lone Panther to notch double-figures with 10 points. The Panthers shot 56.9 percent from the field for the game.
Appalachian will return to the court on Saturday, Jan. 28 when it hosts UT Arlington inside the Holmes Center. Tipoff between the Mountaineers and Mavericks is set for 3:30 p.m.
Notes: Tyrell Johnson netted a career-high with 22 points on 6-for-8 shooting … Johnson’s previous career-high came this season against Little Rock (14 points) … the 10 free throws made were also a career-high for Johnson … Ronshad Shabazz notched his 35th double-digit scoring game of his career and 17th in 18 games this season … Patrick Good collected his first double-digit scoring game since Jan. 2 at UTA … for the seventh time this season and second game in a row, Isaac Johnson led the team in rebounds (8).
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Lacrosse Team is ranked No. 14 in the 2017 USILA/NIKE NCAA Division II Coaches National Preseason Poll. USILA is the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
The Bears (12-4, 8-0) will enter the season on an 11-game winning streak. Last year, Lenoir-Rhyne won both the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships and finished the season ranked 13th in the nation.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the season on Saturday, February 11, at home against second-ranked Limestone at Moretz Stadium beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Saints lost in the national championship game last season.
2017 USILA/NIKE NCAA Division II
Men's Lacrosse Coaches Preseason Poll
1. LeMoyne (18) 360
2. Limestone 337
3. Merrimack 322
4. Tampa 297
5. NYIT 275
6. Mercyhurst 266
7. LIU Post 234
8. Adelphi 229
9. Seton Hill 216
10t. Belmont Abbey 147
10t. Mount Olive 147
12. Lake Erie 139
13. Mercy 114
14. Lenoir Rhyne 101
15. Indianapolis 78
16. Pace 75
17. Lindenwood 66
18. Molloy 46
19. Colorado Mesa 39
20. Rollins 36
Also receiving votes: Florida Southern, Chestnut Hill, Lynn, St. Anselm, Queens, Wingate, Saint Leo, Southern New Hampshire, Bentley, Wheeling Jesuit
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Tennis Team was voted eighth by the league’s 12 head coaches in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Poll.
Wingate edge out Queens by a score of 135-134 in total points and was picked to win its seventh straight conference regular season championship. Lenoir-Rhyne totaled 61 points in the voting.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 1-1 on the year so far this season under first-year Head Coach Tom Rees. The Bears (7-15, 2-9 last season) open the spring portion of its schedule on Wednesday, February 1, at 2:00 p.m., against Young Harris in Young Harris, Ga.
2017 South Atlantic Conference
Women's Tennis Preseason Poll
1. Wingate (6) 135
2. Queens (6) 134
3. Tusculum 114
4. Anderson 87
5. Newberry 86
6. Lincoln Memorial 80
7. Carson-Newman 65
8. Lenoir-Rhyne 61
9. Coker 59
10. Catawba 52
11. Mars Hill 29
12. Brevard 20
FIRST TEAM DOUBLES
Carlotta Nassi/Melissa Laing, Queens
Marta Gonzalez/Caroline Nielson, Queens
Claudia De Andries/Maria Garcia, Wingate
SECOND TEAM DOUBLES
Layla Tanik/Sydney Homan, Wingate
Ivey Welborn/Rebecca Bruning, Anderson
Marta Pinol/Roksolana Prudyvus, Lincoln Memorial
FIRST TEAM SINGLES
Carlotta Nassi, Queens
Elizabeth Williamson, Newberry
Claudia De Andries, Wingate
Melissa Laing, Queens
Franziska Funke, Tusculum
Marta Pinol, Lincoln Memorial
SECOND TEAM SINGLES
Rebecca Bruning, Anderson
Marta Gonzalez, Queens
Alis Harris, Carson-Newman
Layla Tanik, Wingate
Sydney Homan, Wingate
Jil Corsato Owsianka, Carson-Newman
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Tennis Team was voted on to finish seventh in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Head Coaches Poll, league officials announced this morning.
Queens was picked to win the regular season crown, edging out Wingate by a 135-125 count. Both teams received five first-place votes.
Lenoir-Rhyne, with 67 total points, opens the spring season on Wednesday, February 1, against Young Harris in Young Harris, Ga., beginning at 2:00 p.m.
The Bears (5-14 overall and 2-9 in league play last year) are 1-0 this season so far after defeating Catawba by an 8-1 score on Wednesday, October 5, in Salisbury, N.C. The Bears are coached by first-year mentor Tom Rees.
2017 South Atlantic Conference
Men's Tennis Preseason Poll
1. Queens (5) 135
2. Wingate (5) 125
3. Tusculum (2) 107
4. Newberry 96
5. Anderson 92
6. Lincoln Memorial 73
7. Lenoir-Rhyne 67
8. Coker 66
9. Catawba 55
10. Carson-Newman 52
11. Mars Hill 38
12. Brevard 22
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Men’s Tennis Preseason Teams
FIRST TEAM DOUBLES
Leon Seiz/Tashique Kader, Tusculum
Jordan Monosky/Jacob Svantesson, Newberry
Flilippo Pezzoli/Tyler Schofer, Wingate
SECOND TEAM DOUBLES
Ignacio Bidegain/Jeffery Dayton, Anderson
Amir Zari/Duncan Addison, Wingate
Pepe Batalla/Joshua Peress, Lincoln Memorial
FIRST TEAM SINGLES
Jules Athalis, Queens
Andor Vas, Queens
Filippo Pezzoli, Wingate
Joshua Peress, Lincoln Memorial
Jordan Monosky, Newberry
Josh DuToit, Wingate
SECOND TEAM SINGLES
Amir Zari, Wingate
Toby de Klerk, Tusculum
Tashique Kader, Tusculum
David Segarra, Lincoln Memorial
Mark Watt, Coker
Joao Pedro Oliveira, Carson-Newman
Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball record now stands at 13-6 and 7-3 in conference play. Pitt Community College was forced to forfeit the January 15th matchup due to the playing of an ineligible player. In the original meeting the Red Hawks fell in Greenville, NC 91-73 to the Pitt Bulldogs. The Red Hawks, who are 8-2 in their last 10 games, are now in fourth place of Carolinas-Virginia Conference sitting behind three, one loss teams tied for first.
In addition the Red Hawks will be moving their final home game of the season from Saturday, February 25 to Sunday, February 26. Game time will still be 3:00pm with the Red Hawks taking on Fayetteville Technical Community College.
Caldwell Community College men's basketball fell to USC-Salkehatchie 76-73 Saturday on the road. The Cobras had a rough night shooting from teh field as they were 24-of-66, for 36 percent. In addition, they shot 24 percent from the three point line, at 7-of-29.
The Cobras were led by Jahi Hughes who had a game high 18 points. Shawn Robinson added 14 points and Chase Byrd, a Hickory High grad, came off the bench to add 10 points. AJ Sales had eight rebounds to help the Cobras.
With the loss, Caldwell falls to 15-5 overall and 2-2 in the conference. The Cobras will try to snap their frist two game losing streak of the season Wednesday at home to Denmark Tech.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams broke several school records Saturday at the Mountaineer Indoor Open at the Holmes Convocation Center on the campus of Appalachian State University.
In addition, both the men’s team (78 points) and women’s squad (101.5 points) finished runner-up in the team standings for the Bears. Appalachian State (97.5 points) and Kennesaw State (121.5) won the men’s and women’s competitions, respectively.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore C.J. Williams (Oakland, Tenn.) won two events – the men’s 55-meter dash (6.57) and the 200-meter dash (22.50) – to lead the Bears. Williams tied the school mark in the 55-meter dash while his 200-meter dash time broke the program record.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Raven Miller (Freeport, BAHAMAS) placed second in the women’s triple jump with a school-record 35’2” while junior Haylea Salamon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA) finished second in the women’s shot put and established a new school mark (40’1”).
In addition, redshirt freshman Audra Yarber (Abingdon, Va.) won the NCAA non-Division I women’s 3,000-meter run with a time of 11:09 while the Bears placed first in the women’s 1,600-meter relay (4:33.24).
The Lenoir-Rhyne Indoor Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams will next compete in the Buccaneer Invitational on Friday, February 3, and Saturday, February 4, on the campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn.
Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) turned in a career night with 36 points on a personal-best 13 field goals, but it wouldn’t end up being enough for Appalachian State University men’s basketball in a narrow 92-88 defeat at Georgia Southern on Saturday.
For the second season in a row, Shabazz netted a career high in points against the Mountaineers’ (6-11, 1-5 Sun Belt) longtime foe. Last season, the sophomore scored 29 points in a 101-100 loss inside the Holmes Center on Jan. 25.
The Raleigh, N.C. native topped that performance finishing 13-for-24 from the field and 6-for-12 from beyond the arc to go along with four free throws in a 36-point effort - 24 of which came in the second half. He also grabbed seven rebounds and dished three assists on the night.
Trailing by five at the break, the Mountaineers fell behind by as many as 12 points with 6:39 to go in regulation. With the Eagles (13-6, 6-0 Sun Belt) leading 70-58, Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) scored eight-straight points for the Black and Gold, including two 3-pointers.
With the Eagles maintaining a steady advantage, Shabazz took over the offense for Appalachian and finished the game 6-for-7 from the floor and helped will the Mountaineers to within just three points at 89-86 following a deep top-of-the-key three.
Despite the effort and Shabazz’s heroics, Georgia Southern was able to fend off the furious Mountaineer rally with clutch free throw shooting down the stretch. For the game, the Eagles went to the line 47 times and connected on 34 of those attempts.
Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) turned in a stellar effort for the Black and Gold with 17 points - finishing 7-for-9 from the charity stripe. Babic also finished in double-figures with 11 points on 3-for-6 shooting from long range.
On the glass, Appalachian State outrebounded Georgia Southern 39-37 in large part to Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) who grabbed a team-high nine boards - six of which came on the offensive glass. Johnson also poured in six points, including a put-back dunk and layup.
Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth/VMI) matched Shabazz in the rebounding department, tying a career high with seven, while also chipping in nine points on 4-for-6 shooting from the floor.
App State will look to bounce back with a quick turnaround against Georgia State on Monday, Jan. 23. Tipoff from the GSU Sports Arena is slated for 7 p.m. in Atlanta.
Notes: Ronshad Shabazz scored a career-high 36 points on a career-high 13 field goals … Shabazz also played a career-high 38 minutes … it marks Shabazz’s first career 30-point game and his 16th double-digit scoring game this season and 34th of his career … for the third time this season, App State amassed 70+ field goal attempts (71) … for the ninth time this season, App State outrebounded its opponent (39-37) … App State moves to 25-22 all-time against Georgia Southern … with 11 points, Jake Babic notched his third double-digit scoring game this season and ninth of his career … with 17 points, Emarius Logan collected his fifth double-digit scoring game of the season and 13th of his career … with nine rebounds, Isaac Johnson led the team in rebounding for the sixth time this season.
For the second straight game, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (9-8, 8-4) rallied from a large first-half deficit on the road to earn a victory with a 75-70 triumph over Brevard (2-16, 0-12) Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Gymnasium in a South Atlantic Conference contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) led the way with a team-high 22 points in addition to seven treys as the Bears rallied from a 24-8 deficit midway through the first half to earn their third straight win.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) added 14 points and senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) put together his sixth double-double of the season – 11 points and 10 rebounds – as the Bears swept the season series from the Tornados.
Stevie Williams (High Point, N.C.) led all scorers with 24 points for Brevard, who continues to search for its first league win of the year. The Tornados also lost their sixth straight contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne connected for 16 three-pointers in the game and moved back over .500 on the season for the first time since the middle of November.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference Regular Season contests on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Wingate.
Appalachian State University women’s track and field wrapped up competition at the Holmes Center in Boone Saturday night at the Mountaineer Indoor Track Meet. The women’s squad placed second collecting 133.50 points, four Mountaineers won their events and Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./Watauga) broke two records.
On Friday, Amber Daniel (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) and Jessica Ricks (Rocky Mount, N.C./Northern Nash) were the only Mountaineers to compete in the weight throw. Daniel rounded out the top-ten tossing the weight 48-6 (14.78m) and Ricks made a five-foot improvement from last week’s meet at ETSU and produced a mark of 40-6.75 (12.36m).
On Saturday, the Mountaineers dominated in the running events starting off in the 55 meters and the 55-meter hurdles. Darlene Girardeau (Hope Mills, N.C./South View (N.C. Central)) won the 55-meter dash in 7.15. Right behind her was Catherine Crawford (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview) in fifth (7.29/pr), LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) in sixth (7.35) and Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) in seventh (7.38). Crawford and King later grabbed first and third respectively in the 300 meters. In the hurdles, Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) and Drummonds cleared all barriers and finished third and sixth respectively, and in the 400-meter dash, Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) placed fourth, and Sarah Hoffert (Cary, N.C./Cary,) finished fifth.
In the mile, Appalachian produced six of the top-ten times with Elisa Sargent (Cary, N.C. Green/Hope) and Sarah Venable (Cary, N.C./Cary) placing second in third running times of 5:21.20 and 5:25.56 respectively. Lastly, Erin Jameson (Pfafftown, N.C./Reagan) ran two seconds off of her pr to place third in the 3,000 meters clocking a time of 10:39.53.
For the field events, Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount), Libby Florence (Cedar Groves, N.C./Cedar Ridge) and Makayla Roten (Wilkesboro, N.C./West Wilkes) all landed inside the top-ten in the high jump with Welborn clearing the bar at 5-5.25 to place fifth. On the runway, the long jump title was crowned to Hargrave who leaped a lifetime-best mark of 19-5.25 (5.92m) to finish on top.
One of the most outstanding performances of the day came in the pole vault where Drummonds soared to first place, breaking the Holmes Center Facility Record of 13-0.25 set by Kristen Lee of Virginia Tech in 2013. Her clearance of 13-1.50 (4.00m) now ranks second all-time in App State history and is the best jump ever performed by a Mountaineer at the Holmes Center (previously 12-8.25 set by Cassie Crawford in 2014). She had her eyes set on breaking the App State record of 13-3.75 but fell short. In addition to Drummonds’ record-breaking performance, teammates Lainey Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) set a five-inch lifetime best of 12-4.75 (3.78m) to place second, and Hannah Emery (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Lakeview) jumped three-quarters of an inch higher than her former personal best to place fourth (12-0.5 (3.67m)).
Mountaineer Track Meet Results
55m (prelim)- 2. Darlene Girardeau, 7.16q; 4. LaBria King, 7.29q; 6. Catherine Crawford, 7.33q; 8. Chelsey Hargrave, 7.43q; T-9. Ila Mumford, 7.43; 11. K’Lynn Beal, 7.51; 21. Niecea Pauley, 7.92; DNS. Micah Hanks
55m (final)-1. Darlene Girardeau, 7.15; 5. Catherine Crawford, 7.29 (pr); 6. LaBria King, 7.35; 7. Chelsey Hargrave,7.38
55H (prelim)- 4. Taylor Drummonds, 8.41q; 8. Imani Chapman, 8.54q; 10. Makaila Roberts, 8.63
55H (final)- 3. Imani Chapman, 8.33; 6. Taylor Drummonds, 8.39
200m- 4. Imani Chapman, 26.64
300m- 1. Catherine Crawford, 39.89; 3. LaBria King, 41.24
400m- 4. Phylissa Greeley, 1:00.85; 5. Sarah Hoffert, 1:02.18
Mile-2. Elisa Sargent, 5:21.20; 3. Sarah Venable, 5:25.56; 5. Megan Scannell, 5:26.39; 6. Grace Brooks, 5:29.09; 7. Molly Pusateri, 5:33.39; 10. Christina Shearon, 5:46.93
3,000m- 3. Erin Jameson, 10:39.53; 7. Madison Simmons, 11:17.18; 8. Leigh Harrow, 11:20.01; 9. Kayla Hall, (pr); 10. Alison Peters, 11:28.38 (pr); 12. Natalie Richardson, 11:42.91
Long Jump- 1. Chelsey Hargrave, 19-5.25 (5.92m) (pr); 3. K’Lynn Beal, 19-2.50 (5.85m) (pr); 4. Ila Mumford, 18-3.75 (5.58m) (pr); 5. Darlene Girardeau, 18-1 (5.51m); 10. Makaila Roberts, 16-10.75 (5.15m) (pr)
High Jump- 5. Hunter Welborn, 5-5.25 (1.66m); T-7. Libby Florence, 5-1.25 (1.56m); T-10. Makayla Roten, 5-1.25 (1.56m)
Pole Vault- 1. Taylor Drummonds, 13-1.50 (4.00m) (pr); 2. Lainey Hunnicutt, 12-4.75 (3.78m) (pr); 4. Hannah Emery, 12-0.50 (3.67m) (pr); 6. Sofia San Miguel, 11-0.75 (3.37m); 10. Makayla Roten, 10-0.75 (3.07m)
Shot Put- 11. Amber Daniel, 39-1 (11.91m); 23. Makaila Roberts, 26-7.25 (8.11m)
Weight Throw- 10. Amber Daniel, 48-6 (14.78m); 17. Jessica Ricks, 40-6.75 (12.36m) (pr)
Appalachian State University men’s track and field concluded action at the two-day Mountaineer Indoor Track Meet at the Holmes Center in Boone Saturday night. The men’s team seized the team title totaling 155.50 points, and App State grabbed five first-place finishes.
On Friday, three Mountaineers opened up competition in the weight throw with Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) snatching third with a toss of 54-8 (16.66m), his second-best performance of the season. Nicolas Botett (Dayton, N.J./South Brunswick) and Peter Kenn (Clemmons, N.C./Wet Forsyth) both produced personal-best marks with Botett throwing 45-4.25 (13.82m) to land ninth and Kenn hurling the weight out 44-6.25 (13.57m) to take 11th.
On Saturday, App State filled up a multitude of top spots on the day. Freshman Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./ Rockingham Early College) won his first competition of the season in the hurdles with a time of 7.61 (55H) and finished third in the 200 meters with a 22.83 effort. Teammates Andrew Spear (Newport, N.C./West Carteret) and Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd) landed in fourth and fifth in the 55-meter hurdles running two personal-bests of 7.80 and 7.82 respectively. In the 55-meter dash, senior William Buckley (Durham, N.C/East Chapel Hill) flashed across the finish line in 6.53 to take third place, and Antonio Marcano Jr. ( St. Louis, Mos./Metro Academicaid) ran 6.61 to place seventh.
In the middle distance events, Ian Foley (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) claimed the 800-meter title cruising past the finish line in 1:59.47. In the quarter mile, Jaxon Roberts (Spruce Pine, N.C./Avery County) landed in second sprinting across the finish in 52.12, and fifth was Michael Sean Doyle (Rutherfordton, N.C./Polk County) with a 53.85 effort. Lastly, Collin Loy (Burlington, N.C./Southern Alamance) and Chris Kelly (Pinehurst, N.C./Pinecrest) had two great performances in the mile finishing the event with a one-two punch. Loy ran 4.22.68 to win his first-ever collegiate race in 2017 and Kelly crossed the end line in 4:25.30.
For the long distance race, Andrew Vandenberg (Boone, N.C./Watauga) landed in third place running a time of 9:12.96 in the 3,000 meters.
In the field events, freshman Tylen Noel (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler) soared to second place, his best finished so far in the season, producing a personal best of 23-5.50 (7.15m). Pole vaulters Phillip Thomas (Cary, N.C./Cary) and Michael Utecht (Apex, N.C./Apex) landed inside the top-three with Thomas winning the event and Utecht tying for third.
After clearing his winning jump of 16-6.75 (5.05m) (indoor pr), Thomas aimed to break the Holmes Center record of 17-1.50 by attempting 17-2 but fell short. Although he did not break the overall facility record, Phillips now owns the best performance ever recorded by a Mountaineer at the Holmes Center (previously 16-4.75 set by Ryan Twiford in 2001).
In the ring, the throwing crew was led by seniors Milch and Ellsworth Parham (Asheville, N.C./Christ School) who grabbed their second consecutive top-three finish of the season. Milch threw a mark of 54-7.50 (16.65m) to take second, and Parham tossed the shot put 53-1 (16.18m) to land in third. Rounding out the top-three shots putters was Michael Albert (Buchanan, Va./James River) who threw 46-11 (14.30m) to place seventh.
Mountaineer Track Meet Results
55m (prelim)-2. Antonio Marcano Jr., 6.58q; 3. William Buckley, 6.58q; 12. Jabari Johnson, 6.67; 14. Josh Hanna, 6.68; 19. Tylen Noel, 6.76; 20. Brandon Smith, 6.81
55m (final)- 3. William Buckley, 6.53; 7. Antonio Marcano Jr., 6.61
55H (prelim)- 4. Elliott Graves, 7.74q; 5. Andrew Spear, 7.82q; 6. Brandon Smith, 7.93q
55H (final)- 1. Elliott Graves, 7.61; 4. Andrew Spear, 7.80 (pr);5. Brandon Smith, 7.82 (pr)
200m- 3. Elliott Graves, 22.83; 6. Josh Hanna, 23.19; 17. Jaxon Roberts, 24.28
300m- 2. Jabari Johnson,35.49; 3. Jordon Alexander Johnson, 36.07; 4. Andrew Spear, 36.23; 5. Antonio Marcano Jr., 37.13; 7. William Buckley, 38.29
400m- 2. Jaxon Roberts, 52.14; 5. Michael Sean Doyle, 53.85
800m- 1. Ian Foley, 1:59.47
Mile- 1. Collin Loy, 4.22.68; 2. Chris Kelly, 4:25.30; DNF. Ryan Shannon; DNS. Ian Foley
3,000m- 3. Andrew Vandenberg, 9:12.96
4x300m Relay- 1. B. Smith, J. Hanna, E. Graves, J. Johnson, 2:22.83
Long Jump- 2. Tylen Noel, 23-5.50 (7.15m) (pr); DNS Jordan Alexander Johnson
High Jump- T-5. Jordan Dale, 6-2.75 (1.90m); NH. Nick Hinton; DNS. Daniel Lauffenburger
Pole Vault- 1. Phillip Thomas, 16-6.75 (5.05m) (indoor pr); T-3. Michael Utecht 15-7 (4.75m) (t-pr); NH. Matt Layne; NH. Tristian Shaver
Shot Put- 2. Nathan Milch, 54-7.50 (16.65m); 3. Ellsworth Parham, 53-1 (16.18m); 7. Michael Albert, 46-11 (14.30m);14. Nicolas Botett, 44-5.25 (13.54m)
Weight Throw- 3. Nathan Milch, 54-8 (16.66m); 9. Nicolas Botett, 45-4.25 (13.82m); 11. Peter Kenn, 44-6.25 (13.57m); 14. Michael Albert, 40-5 (12.32m)
App State will roll down to Huntington, W.V. for the Marshall Invitational Jan.27-28.
The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team snapped a two game losing streak by defeating Wake Tech on the road Saturday afternoon 89-70.
Emmanuel Wembi scored 21 points to lead the Red Hawks as CVCC would lead by a 41-29 lead at half and would lead by as many as 30 in the contest.
Catawba Valley Community College improves to 11-7 overall and 6-4 in conference play. The Red Hawks host Vance-Granville on Wednesday.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (12-6, 8-4) increased its winning streak to four games with a 64-51 victory over Brevard (5-11, 1-11) Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Gymnasium in a South Atlantic Conference contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) finished with 20 points and junior guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) added 11 points as the Bears swept the season series from the Tornados.
Brevard’s Madison Lenox (Raleigh, N.C.) tallied a double-double – 20 points and 14 rebounds – but it wasn’t enough as the Tornados suffered their sixth straight loss. Annalee Bollinger (Hickory, N.C.) added 16 points in the setback for the Tornados.
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 46-39 edge entering the final period and scored the first seven points of the fourth stanza to take control. Senior forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) added 10 points for the Bears, who also held a 32-25 advantage on the boards.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference game Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Appalachian State University women’s basketball (8-10, 3-4 SBC) suffered a heartbreaking 53-50 loss to Georgia Southern (7-11, 3-4 SBC) on Saturday afternoon in Hanner Fieldhouse.
Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) recorded her first double-double of the season and the third of her career with 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Amber Driver (Houston, Texas/Tyler JC) hit three 3-pointers for nine points, while Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) rounded out the leading scorers with eight points and snagging five boards.
The Apps and Eagles were tied at 48-all with 54 seconds when Jones hit a jumper from the key to give App a 50-48 lead. However, GS scored the final five points for the victory. App had a chance to tie the game trailing by three, but the shot fell short.
App State got off to a strong start out of the gate taking a 17-9 lead after the first quarter, holding Georgia Southern to 28.6 percent shooting from the floor and scoring eight points off of turnovers. Story caught fire hitting a pair of 3-pointers en route to eight points. With App holding a 10-7 lead, the Black and Gold used a 7-2 run to end the frame and a take the eight-point lead. Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) sparked the run with a layup before Story scored five straight points to cap off the spurt.
With the Apps looking to pull away early, the second quarter ended up being the difference maker, as App was outscored by 11 points by Georgia Southern while being limited to just one field goal and a free throw. GS would take a 23-20 edge in what became a low-scoring affair in the first half.
Georgia Southern started the second half fast with a 9-2 run in the first 3:33 of the third quarter to take a 10-point lead, 32-22. Appalachian responded with a big 13-0 run of its own, thanks in large part to Story and Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason). Story had a hand in 10 of the 13 points (8 points, one assist) including an 8-0 run herself before finding Murray for a 3-pointer. Murray closed the frame with a circus shot that led to a foul and converted the 3-point play at the line. Appalachian forced GS into a 6:40 scoring drought that stretched into the first 13 seconds of the final frame.
After Angel McGowan hit a trey of her own to put the hosts ahead, 38-37, midway through the final period, the Apps pieced together a 9-0 run started by a free throw from Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) before the next eight points were provided by the bench. Bayley Plummer (East Davidson, Thomasville, N.C.) converted a put back off an offensive rebound to break a 38-38 tie followed by back-to-back 3-pointers from Driver that gave the Apps a 46-38 lead with 5:53 left and the momentum.
However, the Apps struggled from the floor missing eight of their last 10 shots since taking the eight-point lead. Georgia Southern finished the game 5-for-8 including going 3-of-3 in the final minutes for the win.
App held a dominating 48-30 advantage on the glass, including 22 offensive rebounds, but scored just nine second chance points off the extra opportunities. Appalachian also shot just 30.4 percent from the floor and was outscored 22-14 in the paint.
McGowan scored a game-high 19 points while Patrice Butler scored 16. The duo shot 14-of-29 combined to go along with 10 boards and committed just four turnovers. Nakol Franks scored 10 off the bench, three of which was the go-ahead trey for the Eagles in the waning minutes of the game.
Appalachian will return to action on Thursday at the Holmes Center against Texas State at 7 p.m. in the Holmes Center.