Archive - Dec 29, 2011 - Sports Article
Tempers flared and aggression boiled over in a physical rubber match between Newton-Conover and Hickory for the Catawba Valley Classic girls title on Thursday.
When the dust settled, the Red Tornadoes hoisted their record 16th Classic banner, ending the Red Devilsâ€™ chance at a repeat.
The gameâ€™s final score mirrored that of a contest between the two schoolâ€™s football programs.
Newton-Conover and Hickory combined to make 17-of-74 field goal attempts â€” a staggering 22 percent for the game.
Fred T. Foard earned its highest finish in recent memory at the Catawba Valley Classic, knocking off its second in-county rival in two days.
The Tigers scored 31 points in the second half against Newton-Conover, including 13 from Jordan Turner and eight points each from Tyler Dickens and Bryce Falgout, to overcome a slow start to the game and pick up the fifth-place boys trophy at the Classic, 48-41.
Girls basketball players wearing the No. 21 battled Thursday for a chance to guide their team to a fifth-place finish on the girls side of the Catawba Valley Classic.
In the end, it was Fred T. Foardâ€™s No. 21, Brooke Robinson, scoring a game-high 26 points to lift the Lady Tigers to a consolation final win, 52-42.
â€śOverall, Iâ€™m proud of the way we responded, especially after our first round loss,â€ť said Foard coach Bradley Mangum. â€śI think weâ€™ve grown up the past days, particularly with some things. Weâ€™ve just got to continue to get better, and go to South Caldwell on Tuesday.â€ť
In a match-up of teams from the same conference, Fred T. Foard and St. Stephens battled Wednesday for non-conference bragging rights and a spot in the girls fifth-place game in the Catawba Valley Classic.
Tied 28-28, Foard pulled away with a 10-0 run in the third quarter, which helped lift the Tigers to the 57-35 rivalry victory against St. Stephens.
A free throw by Foardâ€™s Joe Isenhour with no time remaining lifted the Tigers past Maiden, 38-37, and into the fifth-place game of the Catawba Valley Classic.
After an inbound pass by the Blue Devils hit the ceiling, Foard had a chance to take the lead with the game tied 37-37.
Isenhour launched a 15-foot shot that missed the mark as the buzzer sounded
However, the referees called a foul on Maiden, giving Isenhour two free throw attempts.
He sank the first of two, giving Foard the victory.
Red Devils advance past Bunker Hill