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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 said Hickory coach Barbara Helms. âBoth 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
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.
âJust being with the guys â thatâs what I enjoy most,â he said. âThe players hate practice, but that is my favorite time. That is when you are out there teaching and you are really doing football.â
Friday night games, he said, are fun for players and fans, but as a coach, heâd rather be teaching.
âPractice has always been the big thing for me because I got to spend time with the guys,â 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, weâre 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-Conoverâs Lady Red Devils werenât 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.
âCaptainâ 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.
âWe had a game plan set, and we saw the big man go down,â St. Stephens assistant coach Randy Dillingham said. âWe were joking and said when Morgan was a freshman, he didnât make the team. He doesnât have much athletic ability, but he busts his tail and thatâs what he does.â
Things didnât 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 Maidenâs fast-paced offense and stifling defense gave the Blue Devils a 57-45 come-from-behind win.
âWe got down early because we didnât move the ball well,â said Maiden head coach Doug Miller. âWe were just settling for 3s that werenât really there, but we came out in the second half with a whole new mentality.â
Catawba Valleyâs Tyree Griffin jumps Thursday to pass the ball along the baseline and avoids going out of bounds as Milliganâs 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 âÂ 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 Hickoryâs first loss to a Catawba County team since 2005.
âObviously this is a huge game for both teams,â Newton-Conover head coach Jonathan Tharpe said. âBoth teams are two of the best in the western part of the state in 2A and 3A. Itâs just a big rivalry and just a lot of passion to win the game on both sides.â