Archive - Dec 2010 - Sports Article
With her team down by one point, Hickory senior Hillary Sigmon stepped to the free throw line with 16 seconds and a two shots to tie the game or take the lead.
"She is a seasoned player. She knows at that point it is time to put it on,â€ť said Hickory coach Barbara Helms. â€śBoth she and Jada Hillary showed they are seniors. They hit free throws at the end and made sure the ball was in their hands at the end.â€ť
Sigmon hit both free throws to give Hickory a 55-54 lead. Seconds later, Hillary hit two more free throws to help seal a 59-54 revenge victory over Newton-Conover.
For the past eight seasons, win or lose, Fred T. Foard head football coach Ryan Gettys has always found joy in at least one aspect of his job.
â€śJust being with the guys â€” thatâ€™s what I enjoy most,â€ť he said. â€śThe players hate practice, but that is my favorite time. That is when you are out there teaching and you are really doing football.â€ť
Friday night games, he said, are fun for players and fans, but as a coach, heâ€™d rather be teaching.
â€śPractice has always been the big thing for me because I got to spend time with the guys,â€ť he said.
For the first time this season Fred T. Foard's Lady Tigers took their basketball show on the road.
"I was a little worried," said Foard coach Wendy Price. "It was our first away game. There's cold weather, weâ€™re in a new place we're not used to shooting in."
Relying on defense, the Tigers were able to ease their coach's fears and cruise to a 63-30 victory over Bunker Hill. The win improves Foard to 4-0.
"I told them they have to play great defense," Price said. "You can always depend on your defense."
When Mallard Creek increased the pressure on Monday night, Newton-Conoverâ€™s Lady Red Devils werenâ€™t rattled.
Using full court pressure to start the second half, the Lady Mavericks whittled away a Newton-Conover lead that grew as large as 12 points. Every time the Mavericks neared the Lady Red Devils â€” coming as close as five points â€” Newton-Conover responded, en route to a 68-55 win.
The victory improves Newton-Conover to 3-0.
Appalachian State quarterback DeAndre Presley rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns in the first half to help lift the Mountaineers over visiting Western Illinois, 42-14.
Presley finished the snowy contest with a career-best 264 rushing yards to add to a 417-yard ground game for the Mountaineers. With the win Appalachian State advances to face Villanova in the FCS football tournament. The Mountaineers will next host the Wildcats, who defeated No. 3 seeded Stephen F. Austin, 54-24. The round 3 FCS match-up will be played either Friday or Saturday.
â€śCaptainâ€ť Morgan McLeod led the charge Friday for the St. Stephens Indians. McLeod scored a game-high 24 points in the Indiansâ€™ 52-40 win at Bunker Hill in the first game of the 13th annual Bob Carraway Coaches vs. Cancer event.
â€śWe had a game plan set, and we saw the big man go down,â€ť St. Stephens assistant coach Randy Dillingham said. â€śWe were joking and said when Morgan was a freshman, he didnâ€™t make the team. He doesnâ€™t have much athletic ability, but he busts his tail and thatâ€™s what he does.â€ś
Things didnâ€™t start out as planned forÂ Maiden on Friday night at Fred T. Foard. The Tigers quickly jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the first quarter, but a second half resurgence by Maidenâ€™s fast-paced offense and stifling defense gave the Blue Devils a 57-45 come-from-behind win.
â€śWe got down early because we didnâ€™t move the ball well,â€ť said Maiden head coach Doug Miller. â€śWe were just settling for 3s that werenâ€™t really there, but we came out in the second half with a whole new mentality.â€ť
Catawba Valleyâ€™s Tyree Griffin jumps Thursday to pass the ball along the baseline and avoids going out of bounds as Milliganâ€™s Weston McQueeney goes down. McQueeney was injured on the play. Ramon Herrera led CVCC with 15 points in the Buccaneersâ€™ 94-46 win at home.
The Bandys Trojans put an 81-point whipping on Statesville at home Wednesday. The Trojans defeated the Greyhounds 94-13 at Bost-Matheson Gym in a nonconference game.
All nine Trojans varsity players scored at least four points â€”Â as many as Statesville's Kirsten Witt. Witt was the highest scoring player on her team.
Madi Story scored a game-high 19 points while Jesse Story and Brittany Moss scored 13 apiece. Tara Potter and Chelsey Queen both added 11.
The Newton-Conover Red Devils accomplished something no other Catawba County team has in the past five years. They defeated the Hickory Red Tornadoes in a girls basketball game. It is Hickoryâ€™s first loss to a Catawba County team since 2005.
â€śObviously this is a huge game for both teams,â€ť Newton-Conover head coach Jonathan Tharpe said. â€śBoth teams are two of the best in the western part of the state in 2A and 3A. Itâ€™s just a big rivalry and just a lot of passion to win the game on both sides.â€ť