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Indians make 10 treys, advance over Foard

February 13, 2012

After falling to Foard in a nail-biter on the road a few weeks ago, the St. Stephens boys basketball team eliminated the suspense the second time around.

The Indians (14-9) made 10 three-pointers in Monday’s NWC first round tournament game against the Tigers, including four each by Dillion Spencer and Logan Starkey, lifting them to a 61-48 victory.

St. Stephens coach Murphy Post said it was the second straight game his team found its stroke.

PREP NOTEBOOK: N-C, Bandys advance to semis

February 13, 2012

The Newton-Conover and Bandys girls basketball teams picked up victories in Monday’s first round of the Catawba Valley 2A tournament.

The No. 1 Lady Red Devils (22-3) maintained a balanced attack offensively, receiving 16 points from Taylor Petty and Kadesha Gibbs, 15 points from Shynese Whitener and 13 points from Lanecia Williams in their 81-15 win against Bunker Hill.

The No. 8 Bears’ season ends at 0-22 overall.

Margaret Connor and Brittany Harrill led Bunker Hill with four points each.

No. 2 Bandys 77, No. 7 Maiden 29

76ers send Bobcats to 15th straight loss

February 13, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Lou Williams scored 23 points off the bench as the Philadelphia 76ers built an early lead and held on to send the Charlotte Bobcats to their 15th straight defeat, 98-89 Monday night.

Thaddeus Young added 20 points on 6 of 9 shooting, and Jrue Holiday chipped in with 19 points for the 76ers (20-9).

Williams was averaging 19 points over the previous four games. He stayed hot Monday night, making several big shots including a 3-pointer with 6:11 remaining after the Bobcats had pulled within 71-69.

O-N-E sports schedule for the week

February 13, 2012

Monday, Feb. 13
Bunker Hill at Newton-Conover girls basketball, 6:30 p.m.
Maiden at Bandys girls basketball, 6:30 p.m.
Bandys boys basketball at West Caldwell, 6:30 p.m.
Bunker Hill boys basketball at Draughn, 6:30 p.m.
Maiden boys basketball at Newton-Conover, 8 p.m.
Watauga at Fred T. Foard girls basketball, 7 p.m.
St. Stephens at Alexander Central girls basketball, 6:30 p.m.
Fred T. Foard at St. Stephens boys basketball, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 14
Watauga-Foard girls winner at Hickory, 6:30 p.m.

Griffin, Paul lead Clippers over Bobcats 111-86

February 13, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Blake Griffin can't remember ever receiving an ovation from an opposing crowd after leaving a game.

But he got one Saturday night after an impressive performance that included several highlight-reel dunks in the Los Angeles Clippers' 111-86 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats.

Griffin finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds before leaving the game with a little more than six minutes remaining.

"That might be a first," Griffin said of the ovation. "That was pretty cool."

Hickory sweeps Foard in season finale

February 10, 2012

A 13-5 fourth quarter propelled the Hickory boys basketball team to a 54-40 win against Fred T. Foard on Friday.

The victory earns the Red Tornadoes (21-3, 11-1) a share of the regular season NWC title.

Jalen Byrd led Hickory with 12 points, while C.J. Wardrick added 10 points and Zach Jarrett pitched in eight points.

Jordan Turner scored a game-high 15 points for Foard (13-10, 3-9), including 13 points in the first half. Daniel Tomberlin added six points.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Bandys, N-C earn share of CVAC

February 10, 2012

Bandys and Newton-Conover both earned victories Friday in girls basketball, earning them both a share of the regular season Catawba Valley 2A basketball crown.

Behind 18 points from Brittany Moss, the Trojans (22-1, 13-1) picked up a dominant 75-15 win against Bunker Hill on Friday.

Jesse Story added 14 points in the victory, while Madi Story recorded seven points, eight rebounds and five assists.

The Lady Red Devils (21-3, 13-1) topped West Caldwell (9-11, 7-7), 75-36, on the road.

Maiden 53, Draughn 50

Bulls top Bobcats 95-64, move to 5-1 without Rose

February 10, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Derrick Rose can afford to take a night or two off with the way the Chicago Bulls are playing — especially when the opponent is the worst team in the NBA.

Joakim Noah had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Carlos Boozer scored 16 points and the Bulls throttled the Charlotte Bobcats 95-64 Friday night despite the absence of their leading scorer and reigning league MVP.

The Bulls (23-6) won their fifth straight overall and improved to 5-1 this season without Rose, who sat out because of a lower back strain.

Maiden's Kerekes chasing individual state title

February 9, 2012

Poised and in perfect position, Maiden senior wrestler Richard Kerekes aims to become the school’s first state wrestling champion.

Kerekes, pronouned Kur-Kus, is 34-0 on the mat this season for the Blue Devils. 

His undefeated record earned him the Catawba Valley 2A wrestler of the year award.

Maiden coach Sean McGovern said a change in Kerekes started last year when he lost in the finals of the CVAC tournament.

PREP NOTEBOOK: N-C, Foard knocked out of duals

February 9, 2012

Thursday night was unpleasant for two of Catawba County’s wrestling teams, as Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard exited the dual team state playoffs. 

Tied 28-28 after all wrestlers had competed, Piedmont (37-0) defeated Newton-Conover (41-3) in a tiebreaker.

It was the third-straight year Piedmont eliminated the Red Devils in the 2A dual team western regional finals.

Piedmont had already defeated N-C once this year, a 35-31 decision at the annual Red Devil Duals in December.

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