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Area Sports Briefs: Rowan basketball teams enjoy perfect night

From staff reports

CONCORD — West Rowan’s girls basketball team stayed undefeated with a 58-49 non-conference win at Central Cabarrus on Friday.

Abigail Wilson scored 22  points for the Falcons.

“She actually had a really slow start, but she scored 16 in the second half,”  West coach Ashley Poole said.

Mary Sobataka scored 12 for West (3-0). Egypt Alexander scored nine, and Taylor Poole had seven.

Nevaeh Brown scored 12 to lead the Vikings (3-2).

“We were pretty sloppy  for the better part of the game,” Poole said. “But we made our foul shots at the end —  and it’s a win.”

Central coach Brandon Blalock was ejected in the third quarter.


W. ROWAN (3-0)

Wilson 22, Sobataka 12, Alexander 9, Poole 7, Vaughters 5, Pharr 2, Connolly 1.


N. Brown 12, A. Brown 10, Tate 10, Benton 8,  Van Dyke 4, Holit 3, Mpembu 2.

West       15   11   17   15 — 58

Central     6   12    12  19 — 49

Salisbury girls roll

LEXINGTON — Salisbury’s girls traded baskets with Lexington in the first quarter, but then buried the Yellow Jackets, 20-2, in the second quarter.

That big quarter allowed the unbeaten Hornets (3-0, 3-0 CCC) to take charge for a 63-46 Central Carolina Conference victory.

“We stepped up our defensive pressure in the second quarter and got  turnovers and transition baskets,” Salisbury coach Lakai Brice said. “We were 6-for-6 on free throws in the quarter and Maria Capito hit three 3-pointers.”

Capito, Bryanna Troutman and Anayia Fulson scored 16 points each for the Hornets. Tacorra Robinson had eight points. Jinika Glenn led the defense and helped hold Lexington star Mikenzie Harvin to 11 points.

It was the first loss of the season for the Yellow Jackets.



Capito 16, Fulson 16, Troutman 16, Robinson 8, Glenn 4,  May 2, Caldwell 1.


Peoples 12, Harvin 11, Owens 8, Bray 6,  Am. McIntosh 5, Ai. McIntosh 4.

SHS                17   20   14   12 — 63

Lexington     17   2    13   14 — 46

Carson girls cruise

MISENHEIMER — McKenzie Gadson scored 21 points as Carson’s girls pounded Northwest Cabarrus, 66-27, at Pfeiffer’s Merner Gym on Friday.

“Gadson was really active, crashing the boards and getting transition points off our 1-2-2 press,” Carson coach Brooke Stouder said.

Carson was ahead 27-6 after the first quarter and cruised from there.

“That was good to see,” Stouder said. “We had not gotten off to a good start in our first three games.”

Olivia Gabriel scored 14 for the Cougars (3-1), while  Maci Cooper and freshman  Ellie Wilhelm scored eight apiece.

Nine Cougars scored.

Braedon Allen scored 15 for the NWC girls, who fell to 3-3.

Carson plays at Pfeiffer today against Cox Mill at 3 p.m.



Allen 15, Robinson 6, Caldwell 3, Maddox 2, Greene 1.

CARSON (3-1)

Gadson 21, Gabriel 14, Wilhelm 8, Cooper 8, Perry 5, Fesperman 4, Shumaker 2, Isley 2, Turney 2, Conrad, Jolly, Wiggins, Gamewell.

NWC         6      4      8      9 — 27

Carson     27   19    14    6 — 66

East girls romp

GRANITE QUARRY — East Rowan’s girls got their first win of the season on Friday, beating Mount Pleasant at home, 44-27.

“The girls have been working really hard, and it was good to see that effort pay off with a win tonight,” East coach Kevin Holland said.

Adalie Harrison and Brooke Mitchell scored 11 points each. Hollie Harrison added nine points for the Mustangs (1-3). Caroline Houpe pulled down 16 rebounds.

“Mount Pleasant was playing a zone that gave us trouble for a while, but we made adjustments at halftime that opened things up for us,” Holland said. “Defensively, after those first few minutes, we played pretty well.”

Haley Harrison scored 10 to lead the Tigers (1-3).



Ha. Harrison 10, Osborne 8, Blackwell 3, B. Harwood 2,  Hall 2, Ashworth 1, Gifford 1.

EAST (1-3)

Mitchell 11, A. Harrison 10, H. Harrison 10, Fraley 5, Houpe 4, Eagle 4.

MP           6        7      8      6     27

East         10    8       11    15  — 44

West boys win

CONCORD — Caleb Mauldin scored 35 points to lead West Rowan’s boys to a  69-62 win at Central Cabarrus in Friday’s non-conference game.

Mauldin poured in 22 in the second half, as the Falcons  (1-2) got their first win  of the season.

Mauldin’s career high of 43 points also came against Central Cabarrus.

Jay Joseph scored 13  points for West.

West got two 3-pointers from Payne Stolsworth in the second quarter and  another one from Martavio Rankin and  managed a 35-34 halftime lead.

West took charge by holding the Vikings to four points in the third quarter.

Jake Rowden scored 19 and Adam Roller had 11 for  Central Cabarrus.

Coach Jim Baker’s Vikings fell to 2-3. Central will play at West next week.


W. ROWAN (1-2)

Mauldin 35, Joseph 13, Rankin 8, Dixon 7, Stolsworth 6, Myers, Hassard, Warren, Sproul, Brawley.


Rowden 19, Roller 11, Butler 9, Bennett 8, Jones 6, Mitchell 5, Little 2, Boykin 2.

West         12     23     13   21 — 69

Central     14   20        4    24 — 62

Carson boys win

MISENHEIMER — The Carson boys made 42 trips to the foul line pay off with 35 made free throws and beat Northwest Cabarrus, 73-65, on Friday at Pfeiffer’s Merner Gym.

Jamarius Hairston scored 18 for the Cougars (3-0) and went 12-for-12 at the foul line.

Owen White had several dunks and three 3-pointers and scored 17. Jailen Williams scored 15, including a driving bucket after Northwest had pulled within 62-60 with three minutes left.

Cameron Prugh got nine of his 14 points at the foul line for the Cougars.

Keyshawn Phillips and Josh Abee scored 11 each for the Trojans.

Carson plays against North Hills tonight at Pfeifer at 7:30 p.m.



Hobson 11, Abee 11, Hobson 9, Isom 9, Gustave 9, Miller-Duncan 7, Coates 6, Davis 3.

CARSON (3-1)

Hairston 18, White 17, Williams 15, Prugh 14, Perry 7, Hales 2, Sifford.

NWC         16     9     21      19 — 65

Carson     17   15    22      19 — 73

SHS boys win

LEXINGTON — Post  man Bill Fisher scored a career-high 25 points as Salisbury won at Lexington, 77-65, in 2A Central Carolina Conference action on Friday.

Trell Baker scored 14 points for the Hornets and had five steals and five assists. Cameron Gill had six points, five assists and four steals. Oshaun Robinson had 15 points and nine boards. Elijah Moss had seven points and 10 rebounds.

“Moss was really exceptional,”  Salisbury coach Bryan Withers said.

Salisbury (3-0, 3-0 CCC) moved ahead by outscoring Lexington, 21-10, in the second quarter and added to the lead in the third quarter.

“I still don’t think we played all that well,” Withers said. “But we have talent and we’re making plays at the end  to get some wins. We’ve got a tough-minded  team, a team that’s going to get those loose balls and a team that’s going to fight through adversity.”

Derrick Dearmon, a sophomore guard, scored 31 for the Yellow Jackets (2-2, 2-1 CCC).



Fisher 25, Robinson 15, Baker 14, Moss 7, Gill 6, Davis 4, Carlton 3, Sloan 2, Russell 1.


Dearmon 31, N.Peoples 14, Craven 8, McNeair 6, C. Peoples 4, Holt 2.

SHS                 11   21    23   22 — 77

Lexington     12   10    18   25 — 65

East boys win

GRANITE QUARRY  — East Rowan’s boys got 15 points each from Bryson Sprinkle and Brandon Jefferson and beat Mount Pleasant, 56-38, on Friday.

It was the first win of the season for the Mustangs.

Sprinkle was 9-for-10 at the foul line in the fourth quarter. Jefferson had 10 rebounds, while Christian Bennett pulled down 12.

“Bryson showed a lot of senior leadership, our guys played a great team game defensively and winning the battle on the boards was key for us,” East coach Kurt Misenheimer said.

Bryson Efird scored 12 for the Tigers (2-2).

East (1-3)  plays Tuesday at A.L. Brown.



Efird 12, Devitto 9, Bonnett 8, Barnhardt 6, Sloop 2, Smith 1.

EAST (1-3)

Jefferson 15, Sprinkle 15, Hooper 8, Bennett 7, Scruggs 6, Hinceman 4, Spry 1.

A.L. Brown boys win

Ahmod Hester scored 22 points for A.L.Brown in a 79-69 overtime win against Mooresville on Friday.

Amari Grier (13) and Jordan Medley (11) also scored in double figures.

Parks and Rec

Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department  will host Moonlight Basketball tonight from 8-10 at Hall Gym.  Program runs the first and third Saturdays of each month through April.  Program is free and is coed for ages 13-19.  Organized games are played along with contests at end of program.  For more information, contact staff at 704-638-5289.


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