Archive - Dec 2011 - Sports Article
CHARLOTTE â€” If only the NFL would shorten its games to 45 minutes instead of 60, the Carolina Panthers might just be in playoff contention.
Instead, they're 4-9.
In what has been an all too familiar refrain this season, the Panthers blew yet another fourth quarter lead Sunday in a 31-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers led by 16 at halftime and by 6 entering the final quarter, but their offense bogged down, and they were outscored 24-0 in the second half at home.
It's the sixth time this season the Panthers have led or been tied in the fourth quarter only to lose.
The early season win streak continues for the Foard boys basketball team, while Bandysâ€™ skid didnâ€™t slow.
The Tigersâ€™ Jordan Turner hit a three-pointer with under two minutes remaining, and Foard made crucial free throws down the stretch in a 61-54 home victory.
Foard improves to 6-0, while Bandys falls to 0-6.
Brice Falgout led the Tigers with 16 points, while Turner pitched in 10 points.
Colton Medlin scored 18 points, leading the Trojans.
Bandys 51, Foard 38
Rachel Pritchard scored a game-high 14 points, lifting the Lady Blue Devils to a 62-39 victory against West Lincoln on Friday in Maiden.
Two huge quarters guided Maiden, including 21 points in the second and 20 points in the fourth quarter.
Sabrien Gaither added 12 points in the win for the Blue Devils, while Katie Foster scored nine points.
Rylee Marsh scored eight points to lead West Lincoln.
Maiden 49, West Lincoln 38
A triple-double by post player Kadesha Gibbs helped lift the Newton-Conover girls basketball team to a 83-29 victory against East Lincoln on Friday.
Gibbs scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and recorded 10 steals in the victory. Taylor Petty led the team in scoring with 26 points, while Shynese Whitener added 20 points and six steals.
St. Stephens 41, Bunker Hill 25
Morgan Bibey and Keyona Hicks each scored nine points, leading the Lady Indians basketball team to its second win of the season over the Lady Bears.
Carrying momentum from its big victory Saturday at the Indian Classic, the Newton-Conover wrestling team continued its brilliance on the mat Thursday.
The Red Devils took an early lead and held off a tough West Wilkes squad for a 40-22 victory.
N-C coach Eddy Clark said he expected the Blackhawks, which have won the state 1A title the past three seasons, to bring their â€śAâ€ť game.
â€śWe knew what they had,â€ť Clark said. â€śThey have 11 kids ranked in the top five of the state. We knew we had our work cut out for us.â€ť
Fred T. Foard earned a sweep in their tri-match against North Buncombe and Freedom on the wrestling mat Thursday.
The Tigers defeated North Buncombe handily, 70-6, and followed that up with a 52-18 win against Freedom.
In the third match, Freedom edged North Buncombe, 38-36.
Foard 70, North Buncombe 6
106- Lane Bonds (F) dec. Sam Childers 8-7
113-Dylan Cassidy (F) pinned Levi Heath
120-Michael Vincent (F) pinned Chandler Robinson
126-Caleb Griffin (F) pinned Tristan Jarrett
132-Ben Pitts (F) major dec. Joe Hammond 16-3
138-Tate Blanton (F) pinned Troy Martin
Jesse Story, Chelsey Queen and Taylor Sigmon combined for 39 points, leading the Bandys girls basketball team (5-0) to a win against visiting North Iredell on Thursday.
Story scored 14 points and had five assists in the game. Queen netted 13 points and assisted four times on her own, while Taylor Sigmon ended Thursday's game one rebound short of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Bandys took an 18-3 lead in the first quarter, allowing them to get ahead and never look back in the contest.
Maiden outpaced Lincoln Charter 20-3 in the third quarter, allowing them to pull away and pick up the 64-40 victory on Wednesday.
Tyler Steelman led the Blue Devils (2-2) with 12 points. Jason Gantt added 10 points, while Jalen Gibbs scored nine points.
Nathaniel Scoggins and Hunter Dobson each scored in double-digits for Lincoln Charter. Scoggins scored a game-high 14 points, while Dobson added 11 points.
The Blue Devils next play Friday at home against West Lincoln.
Maiden 45, Lincoln Charter 29
After going 0-for-9 on three-pointers in the first half against Newton-Conover, the St. Stephens boys basketball found its stroke.
The Indians (4-2) made four three-pointers in the final half and held off late charge by the Red Devils, including a last-second three that banked off of the rim and out.
Drew Starkey led the Indians with 13 points, while Chris Hefner pitched in nine points.
Tyoun Shufford scored 16 points for N-C (2-2).
Newton-Conover 82, St. Stephens 16
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) â€” Duke played so many games in the first two weeks of the season that coach Mike Krzyzewski's team had relatively little time to refine itself on the practice court. The seventh-ranked Blue Devils are starting to get that chance.
Freshman guard Austin Rivers scored 17 points to help Duke beat Colorado State 87-64 on Wednesday night, a successful return from a weeklong break following a lopsided loss at Ohio State.