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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
A Newton-Conover Red Devil is jumping from Gurley Stadium to Bank of America Stadium. Lineman Mike Comer is one of 10 high school athletes from the Carolinas on the field at halftime Dec. 19 as part of the Carolina Panthers Community Captain Program.
â€śThis means a lot,â€ť Comer said. â€śOnly 10 people out of North and South Carolina get the award. So, itâ€™s a pretty big deal.â€ť
The Community Captain program honors high school athletes with dedication to their sport as well as commit to improving their education while showing potential to excel.
Newton-Conover opened its season Tuesday with an easy win over St. Stephens. The Red Devils defeated the Indians 60-24 at Newton-Conover. The Red Devils led 21-3 after the first quarter and never looked back.
The Red Devils were up 35-10 at halftime and 46-20 after the third quarter.
Newton-Conover had three players score in double figures Tuesday. Kadesha Gibbs led with a game-high 17 points and had five rebounds. Shynese Whitener scored 12 points, and Quazzy Tipps contributed 10.
Lauren Simmons led St. Stephens with six points.
The troubles with the Maiden boys basketball program are no secret. The Blue Devils did not win a game the entire 2008-09 season, and they won only one in the 2009-10 season.
Maiden beat Fred T. Foard in December 2009 in a non-conference game at Maiden. St. Stephens badly beat Maiden in its next game, and the Blue Devils did not win a game the rest of the season.
They ended the season 1-23 overall. That one win, however, showed improvement to third-year head coach Doug Miller and the player. Now, they want to show their opponents the team is improved since then.