Appalachian State University women's basketball (2-9) came back all the way from a 13-point deficit to force overtime but would fall to UNC Asheville (3-7), 69-60, on Thursday evening inside Kimmel Arena.
Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) poured in a career-high 16 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the field with nine boards, which was just one rebound shy of her first-career double-double. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) turned in her second straight double-double with 14 points, a game-high 12 rebounds and a personal-high five blocks. LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) scored 15 points (11 in the second half) with five rebounds, while Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) rounded out the leading scorers with 10 points.
The Mountaineers outscored the Bulldogs, 22-9, after trailing late in the third quarter, 48-35. App State shot 60 percent in the final frame and held UNCA to 28.6 percent en route to the Mountaineers outscoring the hosts, 20-9, to force the overtime period.
With a 1:47 left in regulation and trailing 56-53, the Apps tallied four of the next five points to tie the game, 57-57, after Plummer found Hampton down low. Plummer came up with a pivotal block on the ensuing possession to give the Black and Gold a chance to win the game with 9.4 seconds left. With time winding down, Plummer got off a perfect look in the paint but the attempt just rimmed out.
In overtime, App was first to strike when Hampton fed Plummer with a beautiful lob to push Appalachian to a 59-57 advantage, giving the Mountaineers their first lead since early in the first half. However, the Bulldogs regained a lead they wouldn't relinquish the rest of the way after Jessica Wall hit a trifecta that started a 12-1 run over the last 3:18 of the game to snap App State's three-game win streak in the series.
The Apps trailed for much of the first half following a 4-0 start thanks to a pair of field goals from Hampton. UNCA responded with a run of its own going up by as much as 10 in the first quarter, 16-6. Five straight points from Wilson sliced the gap to six, 17-11, going into the second period.
In the second period, App continued to claw back bringing the gap to within a point following a layup from Stanley, 22-21, with 2:29 left in the half. Appalachian eventually went into the break trailing by four, 27-23.
UNCA came out of the third period and took control before App's comeback. The Bulldogs shot 66.7 percent from the floor and hit outscored Appalachian 21-14 to go into the final period up by 11. 48-37.
App State shot 40 percent and held UNCA to 37.3 percent shooting while outscoring the Bulldogs 46-30 in the paint and 15-4 in second-chance points. The difference was 3-point shooting, as UNCA outscored App, 21-3, from 3-point range. Six of those trifectas came from Wall, who led four Bulldogs in double figures with 18 points. UNCA also scored 20 points off of 20 App turnovers.
The Mountaineers will now turn their attention to Sun Belt play, as they host Texas State (Dec. 29 - 5 p.m.) and UTA (Dec. 31 - 12 p.m.) next weekend.
- Plummer corralled at least 10 boards for the ninth time in 11 games
- Plummer recorded her fourth double-double of the season and the sixth of her career
- App State is now 14-4 all-time against UNC Asheville
Appalachian State volleyball coach Matt Ginipro has announced that Becky Porter (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) has joined the Mountaineer program for the 2018 season.
Porter will join the Mountaineers after spending the last three seasons as a setter at North Carolina State.
In three seasons as a member of the Wolfpack, Porter appeared in 38 matches, tallying 560 total assists (6.02 a/s) and 153 digs (1.65 d/s).
During her junior campaign in 2017, Porter appeared in a career-high 20 matches, dishing out 155 assists (3.23 a/s). She also posted a career-high 84 digs (1.75 d/s), with a career-best 17 coming against Missouri State on August 26.
She posted her strongest season as a sophomore in 2016, recording a career-high 213 assists (8.88 a/s), including a single match career-high 57 against Florida State.
As a freshman, she averaged 9.14 assists per set, her highest average over her three seasons, while playing in a total of nine matches.
Ginipro's Comments: "Adding Becky to the roster this spring is huge for App State Volleyball. She is a big, physical setter who will allow us to be more offensive in that position than we have been and was on a team that made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament this season. I know she's excited to jump right into our team culture in January and get going on the 2018 season."
West Iredell: 42
Alexander Central: 49
West Caldwell: 61
West Iredell: 46
Alexander Central: 35
West Caldwell: 66
The Appalachian State men's basketball team dropped its final non-conference contest of the season at Hampton on Wednesday evening by a 86-53 score.
Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) paced the Mountaineers (5-8) with 17 points, four rebounds and a steal.
Freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) added 12 points (10 in the second half), three rebounds and a career-high four steals. Sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) finished with 10 points, including a season-high tying six free throws, seven rebounds, two assists and a season-high tying two steals.
Malique Trent-Street poured in a game-high 21 points off the bench, while Jermaine Marrow posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Pirates (5-8).
After the Mountaineers opened a 18-12 lead, the Pirates answered right back with eight straight points to take a 20-18 lead with 8:27 remaining in the opening half.
The Apps would respond with a pair of free throws from Isaac Johnson to tie the score. From there, Hampton would finish the half on a 19-2 run to take a 39-22 lead into the intermission.
In the second half, the Pirates would push their lead to as large as 23 points. The Apps chipped away at the lead and back-to-back three-pointers from Shabazz and Forrest pulled the Black and Gold within 15 points at 61-46.
But Hampton came right back with the next six points to build its lead back up to 21 points and put the game away.
The Pirates shot 31-of-60 (51.7 percent) from the field, while the Mountaineers went 17-of-59 (28.8 percent) Hampton also won the rebounding battle 45-32. App State pulled down 15 offensive rebounds in the contest, marking the fifth time they have had at least 15 offensive boards in a game this season.
Appalachian State will play next on December 29, when it opens Sun Belt play inside the Holmes Center versus Texas State at 7:30 p.m.
National Signing Day arrived for Appalachian State Football with a southern Alabama twist.
Twenty-three student-athletes from the Class of 2018 signed with head coach Scott Satterfield’s program Wednesday, three days before the Mountaineers (8-4) play Toledo (11-2) in the Dollar General Bowl.
This is the first year with a December signing period, which comes before the February period that still exists, and this month’s three-day signing window began a day after App State’s team landed in Mobile.
According to 247Sports, with 10 three-star prospects, App State currently has the No. 2 recruiting class in the Sun Belt Conference. Four of the signees won state championships as high school upperclassmen, and three more reached state finals.
“We’re really excited about this class,” Satterfield said. “Not only is it a good group of football players, but they’re great people. We feel like we addressed all our needs by signing someone at every position. This will end up being one of our largest classes ever, and we believe it’s strong in both quantity and quality.”
App State had one quarterback, one running back, two receivers, two tight ends, four offensive linemen, four defensive linemen, six linebackers and three defensive backs sign Wednesday. That group was made up of five players from the state of North Carolina, seven from Georgia, five from Florida, two from South Carolina, two from Tennessee, one from Alabama and one from New Jersey.
Seven signees are expected to enroll early and attend App State during the spring semester: quarterback Stephon Brown, linebacker Tyler Bird, cornerback A.J. Beach, offensive lineman Luke Burnette, linebacker Trey Cobb, tight end Trey Ross and receiver Richard Tucker.
Appalachian State’s current team, which won a second straight Sun Belt championship, has seniors at three of the four starting linebacker spots, at quarterback, at both spots on the right side of the offensive line and at tight end.
The Mountaineers addressed the upcoming departures at linebacker by signing, in alphabetical order, Bird of North Paulding (Ga.) High School, Cobb of Ware County (Ga.) High School, Logan Doublin of Largo (Fla.) High School, Zareon Hayes of Dillon (S.C.) High School, Brock Mattison of Buford (Ga.) High School and Jay Person of Bradley Central (Tenn.) High School.
At quarterback, with three scholarship freshmen developing this year behind four-year starter Taylor Lamb, App State added the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Brown from Glenn High School outside of Winston-Salem. A Shrine Bowl selection, he finished his prep career with 108 touchdown passes and more than 10,100 passing yards thanks to a senior year in which he had 2,790 passing yards, 840 rushing yards and 43 total touchdowns as the leader of a 10-2 team.
In addition to Burnette, who projects as an offensive tackle after excelling as a tight end for Sun Valley High School in Monroe, App State signed offensive linemen Anderson Hardy of Sanderson High School in Raleigh, Shrine Bowl participant Josh Headlee of Watauga High School in Boone and Cooper Hodges of Baker County (Fla.) High School.
App State stayed local and pushed into the northeast at tight end by signing Ross from Randleman High School outside of Greensboro and Henry Pearson of Paramus Catholic in New Jersey. Tucker of Chapman (S.C.) High School and Braden Collins of Farragut (Tenn.) High School signed as receivers, and the Mountaineers added 6-2 running back Camerun Peoples out of Clay Central High School in eastern Alabama. He rushed for 1,672 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior.
Defensively, in addition to the linebackers, App State signed linemen Jordon Earle of Forest Hill (Fla.) High School, Hansky Paillant of Miramar (Fla.) High School, Harrison Taylor of Eagle’s Landing (Ga.) Christian Academy and Chris Washington of Newberry (Fla.) High School. In the secondary, the Mountaineers signed safety Kaleb Dawson of Colquitt County (Ga.) High School, safety Mike Price of Stockbridge (Ga.) High School and Beach, who will have two years of eligibility following his transfer from Georgia Military College.
Ross was the first App State recruit to sign, making it official at 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday, and the class had grown to 17 signees by 9:15 a.m.
CLASS OF 2018 SIGNEES
A.J. Beach - CB
Smyrna, Ga. (Georgia Military College)
BIO: Played nine games in 2017 after totaling two interceptions in 11 games during the 2016 season, when he earned NJCAA All-American honors as a return specialist … Had 632 return yards (391 on kickoffs, 241 on punts with one touchdown) in 2016 … Attended Milton High School in Georgia … First name is Adorian … Current App State seniors Tee Sims and Zy Letman, as well as 2016 senior Dezmin Reed, also attended Georgia Military.
Tyler Bird - OLB
Acworth, Ga. (North Paulding)
BIO: Playing for a Class 7A program about an hour northwest of Atlanta, led North Paulding with 102 tackles as a senior and also rushed for a team-high six touchdowns ... Played for an eight-win team coached by Scott Jones, and the eight wins were the second-highest single-season total in program history … Credited with 82 tackles (51 solo), 10 tackles for loss, five pass breakups, three fumble recoveries, two caused fumbles and two sacks as a junior. Also had a rushing touchdown that season … Rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports.
Stephon Brown - QB
Winston-Salem, N.C. (Glenn)
BIO: Played in the 2017 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and rushed for a touchdown in North Carolina’s victory over South Carolina … Finished his prep career with 108 touchdown passes and more than 10,100 passing yards. After throwing for 435 yards and four TDs in two starts as a freshman, Brown eclipsed 9,700 passing yards while throwing for 104 touchdowns in his final three prep seasons … Had 2,790 passing yards, 840 rushing yards and 43 total touchdowns (28 passing, 15 rushing) for a 10-2 team as a senior at Glenn, which posted double-digit wins for the first time in a decade … With Antwon Stevenson serving as the offensive coordinator before being Brown’s head coach for the last three seasons, the Bobcats improved from 3-8 to 5-6 to 8-4 to 10-2 … Grew from 6-1 to 6-5 during his prep career … Threw for more than 3,400 yards with 43 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions as a junior … Passed for more than 3,500 yards and 33 touchdowns as a sophomore … Served as team captain during his senior season … Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
Luke Burnette - OT
Monroe, N.C. (Sun Valley)
BIO: Projects as an offensive tackle after excelling as a tight end and defensive end for coach Tad Baucom at Sun Valley … Had 31 catches for 490 yards and five touchdowns as a senior in 2017, when he was named All-Southern Carolina Conference … Caught 23 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns as a junior. Also was credited with 57 tackles (27 solo) and seven sacks that year … Finished prep career with 75 catches for 1,070 yards and nine touchdowns … Rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals.
Trey Cobb - OLB
Waycross, Ga. (Ware County)
BIO: Earned three letters at Ware County and finished his career with 175 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 18 sacks and five forced fumbles … Posted 107 tackles, four sacks and one interception during his senior season, when he averaged 9.7 stops per game for coach Franklin Stephens. Also had nine catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns on offense … Credited with 11 sacks as a junior … Also lettered in track and field … Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
Braden Collins - WR
Knoxville, Tenn. (Farragut)
BIO: Had more than 2,000 receiving yards on 126 catches in his prep career … Scored 24 total touchdowns in his career … Had 57 receptions for 793 yards and seven TDs as a senior while playing on a 9-3 team for coach Eddie Courtney … Tied his own school record of 13 catches in a game against Hardin Valley in 2017 … Posted at least 100 receiving yards in a single game eight times in his career, including a 200-yard game on eight catches (three touchdowns) as a senior … As a junior, caught 98 passes for 1,242 yards with a program-record 16 touchdowns … Helped lead Farragut to 14-1 record and a state championship as a junior, scoring two touchdowns with 177 receiving yards in the state championship game … Also recorded 123 total tackles at strong safety … Region 1-6A Athlete of the Year … Tabbed a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
Kaleb Dawson - FS
Moultrie, Ga. (Colquitt County)
BIO: Credited with 95 tackles (60 solo) and one interception over 13 games as a senior … Helped Colquitt County reach the state Class 7A title game by winning four playoff games on the road. Packers went 11-4 in 2017 for coach Rush Propst … Had 75 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery as a junior in 2016, when Colquitt County reached the Class 7A quarterfinals during an 8-5 season … Rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports.
Logan Doublin - ILB
Clearwater, Fla. (Largo)
BIO: Set a school record with 156 tackles as a senior and had 408 for his career … Also had two sacks, six tackles for loss and one interception in 2017 ... Largo finished an 8-3 season with a loss in a Class 6A regional semifinal playoff game, and Doublin had 18 tackles to go along with a sack for coach Marcus Paschal’s team … Played in the 23rd annual Pinellas All-Star Football Classic earlier this month and had a sack for the South team’s defense … Credited with 128 tackles, five tackles for loss and one interception at middle linebacker as a junior after totaling 124 tackles in his first two varsity seasons as an outside linebacker at Largo, which is about 20 miles from St. Petersburg, Fla. … Named second-team all-state within the 6A classification by FloridaHSFootball.com in 2016 … Earlier in prep career, was a center fielder on Largo’s baseball team … Rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals.
Jordon Earle - DL
West Palm Beach, Fla. (Forest Hill)
BIO: Helped lead Forest Hill to its first playoff berth since 1996, as the Falcons went 9-2 for coach Jude Blessington … A standout defensive lineman, Earle also had 40 pancake blocks for an offense that rushed for more than 3,000 yards … As a junior, made the Palm Beach Post's all-area second team as an offensive guard and was also a standout wrestler, winning a regional title and placing fifth at the state level during a 53-3 season .... Rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports … A top-25 area prospect in the Palm Beach Post’s rankings.
Anderson Hardy - OT
Raleigh, N.C. (Sanderson)
BIO: Cap-7 Conference all-league performer as a senior tackle … Helped pave the way for three consecutive 1,200-yard backs at Sanderson, which had records of 9-4 in 2016 and 9-4 in 2017 to post the best two-year run in the history of a school that opened in 1968. Program won its second and third playoff games in school history while hosting postseason games for the first time in 2016 and 2017. Only other nine-win season occurred in 1998 … Played for coach Ben Kolstad … Rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports.
Zareon Hayes - OLB
Dillon, S.C. (Dillon)
BIO: Led the Wildcats to an undefeated 15-0 record and an SCHSL Class AAA state championship as a senior. Had a 15-yard touchdown run and a team-leading 82 rushing yards in the title game … also won a state championship in 2016, leading Dillon to a 13-2 record … Played in the 2017 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and had five tackles for the South Carolina team … Coached by Jackie Hayes at Dillon … Attended same high school as fellow App State defender Jermaine McDaniel Jr., a true freshman in 2017 … Received a three-star rating from 247Sports.
Josh Headlee - OL
Boone, N.C. (Watauga)
BIO: Standout lineman for Watauga offense that rushed for 4,311 yards (8.2 yards per carry) with two sophomores who gained more than 1,400 yards … Was also the co-defensive player of the year in the Northwestern 3-A/4-A Conference after posting 56 tackles, seven tackles for loss and one sack … Represented North Carolina in the 2017 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and helped the Tarheels rush for 303 yards … Watauga went 10-3 for coach Ryan Habich and had a 9-4 record in 2016 … Rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports.
Cooper Hodges - OL
Glen St. Mary, Fla. (Baker County)
BIO: Standout lineman and fullback for a team that went 13-2 and reached the Class 5A state final for coach Jamie Rodgers. It was the first championship game appearance in the 72-year history of Baker County’s program … A blocking back, Hodges played a big role in the Wildcats rushing for seven touchdowns in their state semifinal win … As a junior for Baker County, which is about 30 miles west of Jacksonville, Fla., Hodges helped the Wildcats go 9-2 … Rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports.
Brock Mattison - OLB
Duluth, Ga. (Buford)
BIO: Helped lead Buford to a 11-2 record and a top-four finish in the GHSA 5A playoffs during his senior season … Had 46 tackles, 12 quarterback hurries, 3.5 sacks, two caused fumbles and two deflected passes as a senior … The Wolves posted five shutouts and allowed seven points or less in two other games … Returned from injury to post 40 tackles, seven tackles for loss and two sacks in the second half of his junior season for a 13-2 team … Received All-Region 6A honors as a sophomore at Northview High School after posting 63 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 10 sacks … coached by John Ford at Buford and Chad Davenport at Northview … From the same hometown as Appalachian State running back Terrence Upshaw … Listed as a three-star recruit by 247Sports.
Hansky Paillant - DL
Sunrise, Fla. (Miramar)
BIO: Named the South team’s outstanding defensive player in the 21st annual Broward County All-Star Classic earlier this month … Had 63 tackles, eight sacks, three pass deflections, a fumble recovery for a touchdown and one punt block as a senior, when he made the first-team defense for the Broward County 6A-8A football team produced by the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale … Attended same high school as current App State defensive back Shemar Jean-Charles … Rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports.
Henry Pearson - TE
Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J. (Paramus Catholic)
BIO: Caught 28 passes for 393 yards and five touchdowns as a senior … Had two 100-yard receiving games, including a two-touchdown effort that involved an 80-yard score … Also had 99 tackles (64 solo tackles), three sacks, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles as a senior. Was a second-team linebacker on the All-Non Public football team from NJ.com … As a junior, had 27 catches for 392 yards and four touchdowns as Paramus Catholic won the Non-Public Group 4 championship … Played for coach Dan Sabella … Was also a lacrosse standout in high school, as he scored 44 goals during his junior year … Tabbed as a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
Camerun Peoples - RB
Lineville, Ala. (Clay Central)
BIO: Rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns in a playoff win before Central closed an 8-4 season with a second-round loss the following weekend … Had a game with 326 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries as a senior … Played for coach Kris Herron … Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
Jay Person - OLB
Cleveland, Tenn. (Bradley Central)
BIO: Served as captain during his senior season for a 10-3 team that reached the Class 6A state quarterfinals and was coached by Damon Floyd. … Named the Region 2-6A Defensive Player of the Year and a 6A All-State performer after posting 107 tackles (53 solo), 25 tackles for loss and 14 sacks … Finished his prep career with 270 tackles, 54 tackles for loss and 24 sacks as a three-year starter … Played in the 2017 Toyota East West Football All-Star Classic … Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
Mike Price - SS
Ellenwood, Ga. (Stockbridge)
BIO: Had 75 tackles (48 solo), three interceptions and one forced fumble to help lead Stockbridge to an undefeated regular season and a Class 5A state quarterfinal as a senior … Coached by Kevin Whitley, the Tigers finished 13-1 … Named to the All-Region 4-AAAAA team … Finished his prep career with 138 total tackles, 87 solo tackles, five interceptions and four tackles for loss … Returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown during his junior season, when he had 58 tackles and two interceptions for a 13-1 team … Received a two-star rating by 247Sports.
Trey Ross - TE
Sophia, N.C. (Randleman)
BIO: Had more than 1,000 receiving yards in two years at the varsity level … Posted 41 catches for 675 yards and six scores as a senior for an 11-2 team coached by Shane Handy. Season included a pair of two-TD games with 91 and 144 yards apiece ... Had 21 catches for 380 yards and two touchdowns as a junior for an 8-4 team … Averaged 16.5 yards per catch and 51.9 yards per game in 2017 … Rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports.
Harrison Taylor - DL
McDonough, Ga. (Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy)
BIO: Helped lead Eagle’s Landing to a 36-game winning streak over three seasons that included three Georgia Class A Private championships … Credited with 7.5 tackles (3.0 for loss) and two sacks in the 2017 state championship game … Named the All-Region 5A defensive player of the year … Led a defense that allowed just 72 points during his senior season, including wins by a cumulative score of 201-3 in four playoff games … Coached by Jonathan Gess … Tabbed a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
Richard Tucker - WR
Campobello, S.C. (Chapman)
BIO: Finished prep career as Chapman’s all-time leader in catches (220), receiving yards (3,607) and receiving touchdowns (50), breaking some records held by App State alumnus Anthony Smith, who played for the Mountaineers from 1989-92 … Had 65 catches for 1,164 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior, as he led the Panthers to a 14-1 record. Their only loss came in the SCHSL 3A state championship game … Hauled in 38 catches for 743 yards as a junior … Recorded 158 kick return yards in 2016 and finished his prep career with 807 … A two-time All-Region III 3A selection and two-time all-area honoree … Named to the 2016 HSSR-SCHSL all-state team … Rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports.
Chris Washington - DL
Newberry, Fla. (Newberry)
BIO: A four-year letterwinner as a linebacker, defensive tackle, defensive end and fullback at Newberry … Notched 74 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles for his 8-2 team as a junior in northern Florida … Named first team all-area on defense in 2016. Also received Class 1A all-state honorable mention as a junior … Coached by Richard Vester … Tabbed a two-star recruit by 247Sports.
Each week, NCAA.com's Starting Five recognizes some of the top women's basketball players in the country based on their performances from the previous week of action. For her stellar performance at Marshall, sophomore center Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) was chosen this week as one of the five student-athletes that are showcased on a national scale.
Plummer garners national recognition by winning the fans' choice on Twitter, receiving 44 percent of the votes to beat out Western Kentucky's Tashia Brown (36 percent), Columbia's Camille Zimmerman (14 percent) and Nevada's Teige Zeller (6 percent).
The Thomasville native joins some pretty good company in Chennedy Carter (Texas A&M), Brooke McCarty (Texas), Teaira McCowan (Mississippi State), and Jessica Shepard (Notre Dame) in this week's starting five.
"It is an honor to be nominated for the NCAA Starting Five," Plummer stated. "I appreciate App Nation and the fans for taking their time to vote for me. I am blessed to be surrounded by a great community and an even better team."
By far her best performance of her young career, Plummer played the entire game and posted career highs of 16 points and 18 rebounds along with three blocks, three steals and two assists in the nail-biting 56-54 victory at Marshall last Saturday. Trailing 48-43 with 4:36 left in the game, Plummer scored all five of her fourth-quarter points including an impressive one-handed and-1 to cap off a 9-0 run during a rally in which the Mountaineers outscored the Thundering Herd 13-6 to capture the triumph. Plummer notched her third double-double of the season and fifth of her career while snagging double-digit rebounds for the eighth time in 10 contests. She became the first Mountaineer since Maryah Sydnor in 2013-14 to score at least 15 points and grab 15 rebounds, while the 18 boards were the most since Anna Freeman in 2012-13.
Plummer is having a breakout season where she's averaging 8.2 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks while playing 29.8 minutes per game. She tops the Sun Belt and is 10th in the nation on the glass and is third in the league in blocked shots per game. Her 18 rebounds are the most by any player in the Sun Belt this season and owns two of the top three rebounding performances by a Sun Belt student-athlete.
"Bayley Plummer continues to be a dominant force in the paint for our team," head coach Angel Elderkin said. "Her efforts on the glass have been tremendous; we appreciate her recognition on the NCAA Starting Five."
The Mountaineers will look to end non-conference play with back-to-back wins on Thursday against UNC Asheville at 7 p.m.
Bunker Hill: 48
East Burke: 72
Fred T. Foard: 44
St. Stephens: 28
South Caldwell: 32
West Caldwell: 29
Alexander Central: 40
South Fork Athletic:
Lake Norman Charter: 34
Bunker Hill: 55
Fred T. Foard: 54
East Burke: 22
Alexander Central: 64
St. Stephens: 54
South Caldwell: 71
West Caldwell: 60, OT
South Fork Athletic:
Lake Norman Charter: 66
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (4-7) fell to King (8-4) by an 80-49 score on Tuesday evening at the Student Center Complex in a non-conference, regional affair. The Tornado defeated the Bears for the second time this year.
Freshman guard R.J. Gunn (Irmo, S.C.) led the Bears with a career-high 11 points. Gunn also pulled down a team-high five boards. Senior guard Branford Rogers (Alexandria, Va.) added seven points for the Bears.
The Tornado were led by Jordan Floyd (Stone Mountain, Ga.) with a game-high 27 points while Mack Owens (Abingdon, Va.) added 18 points as King raced to a 49-23 halftime lead and never looked back. Floyd also hit seven treys on the evening.
Lenoir-Rhyne was held to just 29 percent shooting (18-of-62) for the game including just four three-pointers in 24 attempts in the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne, with a 3-1 record at home, returns home to play its next three games in the friendly confines of Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
After Christmas Break, Lenoir-Rhyne hosts fourth-ranked Lincoln Memorial in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday, December 30, at 4:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team closed out 2017 with its third-straight win on Tuesday.
The Red Hawks defeated visiting Wake Tech 89-84, earning their first conference victory of the season.
“We’ve won three in a row, so there’s positives there, but we’re certainly not anywhere close to the team we are capable of being,” said CVCC men’s basketball head coach Bryan Garmroth. “We just don’t play with focus and intensity.”
Sophomore post player Steve Ruszala paced the Red Hawks (6-6, 1-2 in Region X) in Tuesday’s victory, scoring 20 points — 18 of those coming in second half.
“He turned it up,” Garmroth said of Ruszala. “If he hadn’t, we don’t win. I think he probably could of had 28 or 30 points if they’d have called all the fouls when he was shooting. If he didn’t step up, it’s pretty ugly for us.”
Despite his team’s win streak, Garmroth knows improvements need to be made going forward heading into his team’s next game on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 at Bryant & Stratton (Va.) at 7 p.m.
“Every day it just seems like it’s a struggle getting it to work,” Garmroth said. “I’m sitting here dwelling on the negatives. The positives are we went from 3-6 to 6-6 and we’ve seen players like Will Boyd and Victor Tshiona improve. We’re making progress. I can’t say enough about going from 3-6 to 6-6, but we’ve got to learn how to focus in practice and in games. We just lose it.”
The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team received an early Christmas present on Tuesday, defeating the sixth-ranked Sea Devils of Cape Fear Community College 69-64 at the Tarlton Complex.
The victory is the first for the CVCC women’s basketball team over a ranked team since the Red Hawks defeated No. 17 Louisburg College 65-59 on March 1, 2017.
“We’re excited,” said CVCC head women’s basketball coach Tisha England of Tuesday’s victory. “I told the girls that all giants must fall. That [Louisburg] is a great team. Our girls just worked hard. We continued to hustle and fought through a lot of adversity. I can’t complain. They gave me everything that they had.”
Shaniya Lester paced the Red Hawks (9-2, 4-0 in Region X), tying her career-high with 27 points.
Tuesday’s game marks the third time this season that Lester — a UNC Pembroke signee — has scored 27 points in a game.
“She’s the heart of the team,” England said of Lester. “She’s not going to lay down at all. Tonight, she showed once again that she has heart.”
Joyous Wilson added 14 points in the victory for CVCC while playing the small forward, power forward and center positions during Tuesday’s game.
“Joy is versatile,” England said. “She can play all of those positions. She can shoot, she can pass and she can rebound. Tonight, she gave us all of that.”
Andreal Bass paced Cape Fear (9-2, 7-1) with 17 points while teammates Madison Ervin and De’najah Porter also reached double digits in scoring with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The Red Hawks now start a lengthy holiday break before returning to action on Wednesday, Jan. 10 for a 5:30 p.m. home game against Walters State.
“We’re going into 2018 with a great victory,” England said. “Greater things are going to happen. I believe in my team.”
Lenoir-Rhyne University will host North Carolina’s first-ever touchtennis world tour tournament. The tournament will take place at the YMCA of Catawba Valley, the Bears’ home court, on Sunday, January 21, at 10:00 a.m.
Touchtennis is an attractive alternative to the mainstream game. The key to touchtennis lies not in manipulating the ball with raw power with deft stroke play and chess-like maneuvers. Played on a compact court with foam balls and 21-inch kids’ racquets, its carefully calibrated regulations aim to level the playing field for competitors by fostering long, intense rallies and clever angle play.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re young or old, male or female, the key to the game’s addictiveness is the enjoyment that comes from repeatedly and intelligently outwitting opponents.
The tournament will be held at the YMCA of Catawba Valley on Sunday, January 21, and will begin at 10:00 a.m. The tournament will include both singles and doubles competition, with world ranking points and prize money on offer. Interested players can sign up online at touchtennis.com. The entry fee is $20.00 and any proceeds will benefit the Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Tennis Programs.
Appalachian State had a league-leading eight first-team selections on Phil Steele's 2017 Postseason All-Sun Belt Team that was revealed Tuesday.
The first-team honorees for the Mountaineers, who earned a share of the Sun Belt title and will face Toledo in the Dollar General Bowl on Saturday, were running back Jalin Moore, offensive lineman Colby Gossett, offensive lineman Beau Nunn, offensive lineman Victor Johnson, defensive lineman Tee Sims, defensive back Clifton Duck and long snapper Elias McMurry.
The picks were similar to the All-Sun Belt first team chosen by the league's coaches and select media members earlier this month, although the conference doesn't have all-league recognition for long snappers. McMurry, a junior from Statesville, has filled that role at App State for 38 consecutive games since the start of the 2015 season. In addition to helping the Mountaineers convert 15 field goals, make 48 extra points and attempt 54 punts with no blocks, McMurry recorded punt-coverage tackles against Savannah State and Wake Forest during the regular season.
Appalachian's second-team selections were quarterback Taylor Lamb and defensive back Tae Hayes, who were both first-team picks in the All-Sun Belt teams released by the grade-driven PFF College Football site.
The Mountaineers were represented on Steele's third team by receiver Ike Lewis, linebacker Devan Stringer, defensive back A.J. Howard and punt returner Thomas Hennigan.
Nunn and Sims were first-team choices on all three of the All-Sun Belt teams.
Appalachian State baseball coach Kermit Smith on Tuesday officially announced a recruiting class of eight newcomers for the 2018-19 season.
Smith’s second class since his arrival in Boone has, to date, eight high school players from the state of North Carolina. The group includes four players who pitch, one catcher, two middle infielders, three players capable of being outfielders and three players who can contribute at first base.
Six in-state players are from high schools within three hours of Boone, including three players from the Charlotte area.
“This is an outstanding day for our program,” Smith said. “We have been working diligently on this class for 17 months. So many people had a hand in this. From Britt Johnson, our Recruiting Coordinator, to Justin Aspegren, Erik Lunde and Matt Greenhalgh, everybody went above and beyond to identify the talent and develop the relationships needed to secure a great group of young men. It's exciting to sit on the front end of back-to-back recruiting classes and know where we are heading. The foundation is being set for success in the community, in the classroom and on the baseball field. It's a great day to be a Mountaineer!”
CLASS OF 2018 APPALACHIAN STATE BASEBALL RECRUITS
McKinley Bell (OF, 6-1, Asheville, N.C./Christ School)
Hayden Cross (C, 6-0, Sanford, N.C./Southern Lee)
Kyle Decker (OF-INF, 6-0, Fletcher, N.C./North Henderson)
Lucas Drumheller (SS, 6-1, Charlotte, N.C./Olympic)
Brennen Herbert (P-1B, 6-4, Hope Mills, N.C./Jack Britt)
Evan Mauldin (P, 6-0, Belmont, N.C./South Point)
Austin Primm (P-1B, 6-4, Dallas, N.C./North Gaston)
Tyler Tuthill (P-1B-OF, 6-3, Clayton, N.C./Clayton)
MCKINLEY BELL (6-1, Outfielder, Asheville, N.C./Christ School)
A three-year letterwinner in baseball … Had a .390 batting average, .532 on-base percentage, 18 RBIs, 28 runs scored, 18 walks, four doubles and two triples as a junior … an all-conference performer as a junior … Plays for coach Cody Geyer at the Christ School in Arden. … A member of the Evoshield Canes Coastal travel team coached by Jake Jacobs. … Made the Dynamic Baseball All-Tournament team and 2017 Prep Baseball Report NC Preseason All-State team … Also played football for the Christ School … full name is Greyson McKinley Bell. … Son of Brian and Tina Bell. … born June 9, 1999 … has one sibling: Layton … major is undecided.
HAYDEN CROSS (6-0, Catcher, Sanford, N.C./Southern Lee)
A three-year letterwinner in baseball … Batted .453 with 34 hits, 20 RBIs, eight doubles and three triples as a junior in 2017, when he was a team captain and a first-team all-conference selection … Batted .362 with 25 hits and 13 RBIs as a sophomore in 2016, when he was all-conference honorable mention … Plays for coach David Miller at Southern Lee … A member of the Carolina Cubs travel team coached by Ricky Keith … Full name is Hayden O’Neil Cross … Son of Patrick and Amelia Cross … Born May 6, 2000 … Has one sibling: Caleb … Also lettered in cross country, as he won the most improved award in 2015 … Plans to major in applied physics with hopes of becoming an engineer after his baseball career is over.
KYLE DECKER (6-0, Outfielder/Infielder, Fletcher, N.C./North Henderson)
Three-year letterwinner and two-time captain in baseball and basketball at North Henderson … has batted .364 with a .474 on-base percentage, 76 hits, 77 runs, 23 RBIs, 10 doubles, three home runs, 60 stolen bases and a 0.938 OPS in high school … As a junior, batted .479 with 35 hits, 22 RBIs, 27 runs scored, three homers, three doubles, a .569 on-base percentage and 19 steals … Three-time all-area selection … All-conference twice and a two-time Region 8 participant in the State Games … Plays for Justin King at North Henderson … Also a member of the Showcase Baseball Academy travel team coached by Tom Donathan … Full name is Kyle Wayne Decker … Son of Chris and Pam Decker … Born June 30, 1999 … Has one sibling: Ryan, who plays baseball as a pitcher at North Carolina Central.
LUCAS DRUMHELLER (6-1, Shortstop, Charlotte, N.C./Olympic)
Three-year letterwinner in baseball … Hit .376 with four home runs and a .511 on-base percentage as a junior … All-conference performer as a sophomore and junior … Trojan Award winner as a junior … team’s offensive MVP as a sophomore … team’s Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman … Plays for coach Mel Wearing at Olympic … A member of the Charlotte Megastars travel team coached by Mel Wearing and Jeff McNeeley … Hit .375 with two home runs for the Megastars … Full name is Lucas Allen Drumheller … Son of Scott and Audrey Drumheller … born April 25, 2000 … Has one sibling: Lindsay … major is undecided.
BRENNEN HERBERT (6-4, Pitcher-First Baseman, Hope Mills, N.C./Jack Britt)
Three-year letterwinner in baseball … Had a .337 batting average with 29 hits, 25 RBIs and two home runs as a junior. Went 7-1 on the mound with a 1.25 ERA, 40 strikeouts and 13 walks in 39.1 innings … All-region selection and Jack Britt’s offensive MVP as a junior … An all-conference performer as a sophomore and junior … State Games participant as a sophomore and junior ... Also an all-conference performer in soccer as a sophomore and junior … Plays at Jack Britt for Dr. Christopher Dague, who has earned a doctorate in philosophy … Member of the Dirtbags travel team coached by Will James … Made the Perfect Game All-Tournament team in 2016 and 2017 … Full name is Brennen James Herbert … Son of Damon Herbert and Jamie Bourquin … born Nov. 21, 1999 … Has one sibling: Emma … Father played baseball at Kent State University … Uncle (Russ) played baseball at Ohio University and was an 11th-round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in 1994.
EVAN MAULDIN (6-0, Pitcher, Belmont, N.C./South Point)
Standout pitcher for South Point team that went 23-6 last season … Coached by Jason Lineberger… Also a member of the EvoShield Canes travel team coached by Mike Williams. … Three-time Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American … Four-time Perfect Game all-tournament selection … 2016 Student Athlete Community Service Network National Leadership Award … Full name is Evan Preslar Mauldin … Son of Scott and Marcie Mauldin… Has one sibling: Aaron … Born June 12, 2000 …Father played golf collegiately at App State before playing professionally … Grandfather, Douglas, played football at App State and Wake Forest in the late 1950s before playing professional baseball.
AUSTIN PRIMM (6-4, Pitcher-First Baseman, Dallas, N.C./North Gaston)
Three-time letterwinner in baseball … On the mound, had a 1.27 ERA and 8-1 record as a junior in 2017, when he was the team MVP, an all-conference pick and an all-state selection. Batted .333 with six home runs … Also all-conference as a sophomore … Scholar-athlete award as a freshman, sophomore and junior … Coached by Jessie Martin at North Gaston … Member of the 5 Star Carolina travel team coached by Brian Hoop … WWBA all-tournament team in 2015, 2016 and 2017 … Preseason Perfect Game Underclassman All-American Honorable Mention in 2017 … Full name is Austin Christopher Primm … Son of Craig and Jennifer Primm … Born Nov. 25, 1999 … Has one sibling: Avery … In process of earning fourth letter in basketball, as he averages 12.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists as a senior.
TYLER TUTHILL (6-3, Pitcher-First Baseman-Outfielder, Clayton, N.C./Clayton)
Two-year letterwinner in baseball … Had a .492 batting average, .579 on-base percentage, .639 slugging percentage, 39 hits, three triples, four home runs and 24 RBIs at the plate as a junior. Went 6-0 on the mound with a 1.53 ERA, 24 hits allowed, 58 strikeouts, 15 walks and a 0.85 WHIP in 45.2 innings spread across 10 appearances … Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American as a junior … team MVP and Greater Neuse Conference Pitcher of the Year as a junior … An all-conference performer as a sophomore and junior … an All-Academic honoree in each of his first three seasons … State Games participant as a sophomore and junior … Coached by Stacey Houser at Clayton … Member of the Purpose Driven travel team coached by Jay Stott ... full name is Tyler Kane Tuthill … Son of Jason and Alyson Tuthill … born May 6, 2000 … Has two siblings: Trevor and Caden … Father played Division I baseball at Wagner College from 1992-96, when he was a team captain and all-conference player before playing one year of Independent professional baseball for the Altoona (Pa.) Rail Kings … Mother played college basketball at Virginia Wesleyan.
The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team improved to 3-0 in Region X play on Sunday, winning 56-52 against host Bryant & Stratton College.
CVCC overcame a 33-22 halftime deficit in the contest, powered by 10 second-half points from Zharia Brown and seven fourth-quarter points scored by Shaniya Lester.
“The Lady Red Hawks fought through adversity and played with heart,” said CVCC head women’s basketball coach Tisha England. “Words can not express how the ladies rallied together and pushed forward. Today we saw God’s glory, and his favor. We give Him all the praises.”
Lester scored 15 points to lead the Red Hawks (8-2, 3-0 in Region X), while Brown added 13 points in the game.
Tiara Williams paced the Bobcats (7-4, 4-3) with 16 points, and teammate Felise Keys added eight points.
The Red Hawks return to action on Tuesday for a doubleheader at the Tarlton Complex.
The CVCC women’s basketball team faces Cape Fear at 3 p.m. followed by the CVCC men’s basketball team in action against Wake Tech at 5 p.m.
Appalachian State’s wrestling team stormed back to win four straight matches and take a lead at No. 20 Oklahoma, but the Sooners claimed the last three matches to earn a 19-13 victory in McCasland Field House on Sunday.
The Mountaineers (3-3) were behind 9-0 before they moved ahead 13-9 thanks to wins from Forrest Przybysz (sudden-victory decision between two ranked wrestlers at 174 pounds), Alan Clothier (decision at 184), Randall Diabe (decision at 197) and Cary Miller (four-point major decision at heavyweight).
App State still had a 13-12 lead after true freshman De’Andre Swinson-Barr put up a strong fight in a 5-3 loss to 17th-ranked Christian Moody at 125 pounds, and a major decision at 133 pounds allowed the Sooners (2-2) to take a 16-13 lead into the final match. Oklahoma senior Mike Longo won an 8-6 decision against Irvin Enriquez, who tied the match at 5-all before Longo used a takedown to enter the third period with a 7-5 advantage.
The Sooners totaled 58 points in the 10 matches, and Appalachian had 56.
The Mountaineers had two one-point losses in the first three completed matches, and the 20th-ranked Przybysz used a sudden-victory takedown against 11th-ranked senior Yoanse Mejias to record the 4-2 victory. Przybysz improved to 12-4 on the season and dropped Mejias to 14-5.
Clothier picked up his team-leading 14th victory of the season with an 11-5 decision against Matt Waddell, and App State tied the match when Diabe claimed a 5-2 decision against Andrew Dixon. Diabe led 3-1 after two periods, allowed a point on an escape and used a takedown for the final margin.
Miller broke the tie and produced four points for the Mountaineers with a 14-4 major decision against Conor Webb. The victory gave Miller a 12-6 record this season.
The Mountaineers return to action at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn., from Jan. 1-2.
No. 20 Oklahoma 19, App State 13
149: Davion Jeffries (OU) def. Gavin Londoff (APP), 2-1 dec. (0-3)
157: Justin Thomas (OU) def. Laken Cook (APP), 9-3 dec. (0-6)
165: DaWaylon Barnes (OU) def. Thomas Flitz (APP), 3-2 dec. (0-9)
174: #20 Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. #11 Yoanse Mejias (OU), 4-2 dec. sudden victory (3-9)
184: Alan Clothier (APP) def. Matt Waddell (OU), 11-5 dec. (6-9)
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Andrew Dixon (OU), 5-2 dec. (9-9)
HWT: Cary Miller (APP) def. Conor Webb (OU), 14-4 maj. dec. (13-9)
125: No. 17 Christian Moody (OU) def. De’Andre Swinson-Barr (APP), 6-3 (13-12)
133: Jacob Rubio (OU) def. Codi Russell (APP), 17-7 maj. dec. (13-16)
141: Mike Longo (OU) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 8-6 dec. (13-19)
Four players reached double figures, but the Appalachian State men's basketball team dropped a 80-67 decision at Ohio State on Saturday evening.
Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) paced the Mountaineers (5-7) with 15 points on 7-of-14 (50.0 percent) shooting, three assists and a steal. Shabazz has now reached double figures in every game this season.
Senior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) had 14 points on 4-of-8 (50.0 percent) shooting and seven rebounds (four offensive). Freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) added 12 points and sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) tallied a season-high tying 12 points on 4-of-5 (80.0 percent) shooting and seven rebounds.
Jae'Sean Tate led four Buckeyes (9-3) in double figures with a game-high 19 points. Keita Bates-Diop added 18 points and eight rebounds and Kaleb Wesson chipped in with 16 points and eight rebounds.
Midway through the first half, the Buckeyes went on a 7-0 run to break a 15-15 tie and open a 22-15 edge.
Ohio State would use a 6-0 run over the final 2:03 of the first half to take a 40-27 lead into the intermission.
After the Buckeyes pushed their lead out to 48-31 early in the second half, the Black and Gold answered with an 8-0 run to pull within nine points at 48-39 with just over 16 minutes to go.
Ohio State would push its lead back out to 13 points at 52-39, but the Apps would counter with the next four points to pull back to within single digits at 52-43.
The Buckeyes would come right back with a 15-4 spurt to open 67-47 lead with 9:48 remaining, putting the game away.
The Apps finished 25-of-53 (47.2 percent) from the field, while Ohio State shot 30-of-57 (52.6 percent). Appalachian State held a slim 34-30 edge in the rebounding battle.
The Mountaineers will conclude their non-conference schedule on Wednesday, as they hit the road to take on Hampton at 7 p.m.
The Carson-Newman Men’s Basketball team (10-2, 4-2) rallied from a 17-point deficit early in the second half to down Lenoir-Rhyne (4-6, 2-3), 90-83, Saturday afternoon at the Holt Fieldhouse in a South Atlantic Conference game.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) with a season-high 17 points while junior guard Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) added 16 points in the losing effort. Thomas continues to lead the Bears in scoring at 14.9 points per outing.
Carson-Newman’s scoring balance included six players in double figures. Malik Abraham (Snellville, Ga.) came off the bench to score a game-high 23 points for the Eagles, who rallied from a 64-47 deficit early in the second half to take the win.
The Eagles hit all 15 free throw attempts and shot 52 percent (18-of-34) after halftime on their way to the victory. Carson-Newman’s Mason Bates (Cookeville, Tenn.) neared a triple-double: 10 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which saw its three-game winning streak come to an end, did hit a season-high 15 treys. Both Calhoun and senior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) hit five three-pointers each while Lucas totaled 15 points.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to take on King in Bristol, Tenn., on Tuesday, December 19, at 7:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University women's basketball (2-8) toppled Marshall (3-7) in a nail-biting 56-54 triumph on Saturday afternoon in the Cam Henderson Center.
Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) had herself a monster performance with a career-high 16 points and 18 rebounds while also blocking three shots, picking up three steals and dishing out two assists. Plummer shot 6-for-12 from the field and 4-of-7 from the charity stripe in her best outing of the season. Plummer notched her third double-double of the season and fifth of her career.
Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) turned in her best performance of the season with a career-high 17 points and dished out five assists. The Australian point guard shot 5-of-9 from the field, 4-of-6 from trifecta and hit three big foul shots in the fourth quarter. LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) came up with a clutch performance as she scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half and shot 5-for-10 (0-6 in first half) to go along with six boards and four helpers.
Plummer, Stanley, and Mathews combined for 49 points, 27 rebounds, and 11 assists while shooting 16-for-37 from the floor.
Trailing 48-43 with 4:36 left in the game, the Apps outscored the Herd, 13-6, the rest of the way to claim their fourth-straight win on Marshall's home floor and the third consecutive win in the series. Mathews, Plummer, and Stanley scored the final 13 points including a 9-0 run over a 3:10 span to push App to a 52-48 lead. Marshal would cut the lead to one possession on multiple occasions including a chance to win or tie while trailing 55-53 with nine seconds left. After Mathews went 1-2 at the line, Marshall drew a foul to put Asheika Alexander at the charity stripe. Alexander hit just one at the charity stripe, which would lead to a big-time rebound from Plummer before icing the game with a foul shot.
Appalachian was clutch in the final five minutes of the contest, as it went 6-for-8 from the line (6-12 rest of the game). Defensively, the Mountaineers forced the hosts to a shoot a season-low 34.4 percent at home this season and 19 turnovers, which ties a season-best in miscues forced. Conference USA's fifth-leading scorer coming into the game, Shayna Gore (16.8 ppg), scored 15 points but needed 20 shots to do so going 6-for-20.
The Mountaineers got off to a strong start in the opening frame thanks to the hot shooting from Mathews, who shot 4-of-4 from the field and 3-for-3 from beyond the arc to give the sophomore 11 points. After Gore hit a layup to provide Marshall with a 9-8 lead with 4:49 left, Plummer and Mathews spearheaded a 7-0 spurt that pushed the Apps to a 15-9 advantage. Marshall cut the deficit to a bucket before Plummer found a cutting Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) to push the lead to four, 18-14. App went into the second period ahead, 20-17.
In the second quarter, Plummer's layup in the first 23 seconds of the game extended the lead to five, 22-17. However, the Herd over the next 3:51 went on an 8-0 spurt while holding App scoreless for the next 6:12 to take a 25-22 lead. The Mountaineers responded when Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) sparked a surge of their own over the last five minutes with six-straight points and forced Marshall into five missed shots and three turnovers. Appalachian regained the lead, 28-25, going into the break.
Marshall started off strong coming out of the gate going up by as much as five, 38-33, with 3:54 left in the period. That's when Stanley got it going where she went on a personal 9-0 run over 2:14 stretching into the first 39 seconds of the final period to extend App to a 42-40 lead. Stanley made some big plays during the stretch including back-to-back 3-pointers and drew an offensive foul.
The Thundering Herd again came back to take their final lead of the game before Appalachian's impressive comeback, which snapped a three-game skid.
"Today was a moment of growth for our team," said App State head coach Angel Elderkin. "I thought our preparation leading up to today was exceptional. Our ability to finish and weather a few scoring droughts was a sign of our growth. I'm proud of this team, their effort and resiliency to stay committed to our process."
Appalachian will look to end non-conference play on a high note when it heads to Asheville to face UNCA at 7 p.m. on Dec. 21, the final game before Sun Belt play begins.
- App State assisted on 14-of-19 (73.7 percent) of its field goals.
- Plummer's PER (Player Efficiency Rating) of 31 is a season best and team high this season, while Mathews posted a PER of 18.
- Plummer is the first player since Maryah Sydnor (Davidson; 1/25/14; 36 points/15 rebounds) to post at least 15 points and 15 rebounds.
- Plummer's 18 rebounds are the most since Anna Freeman grabbed 18 off the glass against College of Charleston on Feb. 20, 2013.
- Stanley led the team with a plus-6 in the plus/minus category.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (8-5, 2-3) saw their four-game winning streak come to an end with an 89-77 setback to No. 6 Carson-Newman (13-0, 6-0) Saturday afternoon in South Atlantic Conference action at the Holt Fieldhouse.
The Bears were led by junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) with 17 points while freshman guard Kennedy Weigt (Manteno, Ill.) added 13 points and three treys in the losing effort.
Carson-Newman put six players in double figures – led by Briana Smith (Nashville, Tenn.) and Haris Price (Gatlinburg, Tenn.) with 18 points each – and shot 52 percent (34-of-66) for the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne was able to rally after falling behind by a 25-9 advantage to start the game. A lay-up by Toineeta to start the second half cut the margin to one point – 36-35 – but the Eagles were able to maintain the advantage the rest of the way.
The Bears did hold the edge in bench points at 32-16 and were led by senior center and Alexander Central grad, Marie Ritchie with 10 points and sophomore forward Karlie Bearden (Dawsonville, Ga.) with seven points and seven rebounds.
After Christmas Break, Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Lincoln Memorial in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday, December 30, at 2:00 p.m.
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team made it two wins in as many days on Saturday, defeating visiting Johnston Community College 67-54 during the final day of the PDQ Classic.
Freshman post Isayah Johnston led the Red Hawks (5-6) for the second-straight day in scoring, tallying 19 points and finishing three points shy of his career high.
CVCC trailed 10-4 in the early stages of the first half before exploding to take a 32-22 lead by halftime.
The Jaguars (1-16) used a 14-4 run at the start of the second half to tie the contest at 36-36, but that is as close as they would get.
Johnson finished the game by scoring 12 points in the second half, powering CVCC to its second-straight victory.
Two other Red Hawk players reached double digits in scoring in the game — Tyrell Oglesby with 13 points and Steve Ruszala with 12 points.
Kenny Williams led Johnston in the contest with 11 points, while Demetrius Hall added 10 points.
The Red Hawks return to action on Tuesday for a home doubleheader that also features the CVCC women’s basketball team. Tip off is set for 3 p.m.