HICKORY – Local high school athletes didn’t let a little bit of snow stop them, although last weekend’s snow storm did win out for a night or two. There was still plenty of action going on in the Hickory area to catch up on.
In hoops play, the Hickory boys and East Burke girls both remained unbeaten. The highlight, however, was a Lady Trojan’s 45-point performance.
Read below for scores and recaps submitted by area coaches.
Bandys 68, West Iredell 50
Mallorie Haines had another career night for Bandys with 45 points in a 68-50 win for the Lady Trojans over West Iredell.
The freshman guard came three points shy of her season high set Nov. 21 in a win against Bunker Hill. Bandys led by just a point at halftime before breaking away after intermission for the win.
Mac Inscore led West Iredell with 14 points, Vanessa Kersey put up 13 and Jayda Zsarmani had 11.
Jay M. Robinson 56, Hickory 50
The Hickory girls basketball team stayed close to Jay M. Robinson throughout, but couldn’t close for a win and dropped the contest by a final of 56-50.
Hickory’s balanced offensive attack was led by Mikayla Hill’s 14 points and Shelby Darden’s 13.
Jada McMillen poured in 27 for Robinson to lead all scorers and Jayda Glass had 14. Sierra Davis was also in double figures with 12.
East Burke 64, McDowell 37
The East Burke girls team had no trouble keeping their slate clean for the 2017-2018 season and posted a 64-37 win over McDowell. East Burke is now 6-0. McDowell dropped to 3-2.
East Burked turned a five-point lead after one quarter into a 14-point advantage by intermission and a 23-point lead three quarters through the game.
Leading the way for the Cavaliers was Brooke Arney with 18 points. Josie Hise added 16, Riley Haas had 12 and Adrianna Hawkins put up 10.
For McDowell, Brewer was the lone player in double figures with 10.
McDowell did pick up a victory in the JV game, 51-28.
Maya Chrisco led East Burke with 13 points and Parkins paced McDowell with 14. Stephenson added 12.
Patton 39, South Caldwell 33
Patton girls only won one of four quarters against South Caldwell, but that big second quarter was enough to earn Patton a 39-33 win.
Down 4-3 after a slow first quarter, Patton dominated the second period to lead 19-8 and held off South Caldwell in the second half to claim the win.
Danisha Hemphill of Patton led all scorers with 13 points. Austin led South Caldwell with nine points. South Caldwell drops to 2-2 with the loss.
North Lincoln 34, Hibriten 26
North Lincoln topped Hibriten by the final of 34-26 in a low-scoring girls contest. North Lincoln is now 3-1 for the season.
Trailing by four after one quarter, North Lincoln forged a 12-12 tie by the half and blanked Hibriten in the third quarter to gain the lead. Both teams scored more points in the fourth quarter than they had through the first three.
Addie McGinnis and Katie Klein shared scoring honors for the Lady Knights with 11 points each.
Kyndell Warren and Jessie Moore each scored eight points for Hibriten.
Maiden 62, Bunker Hill 56
The Maiden girls’ basketball team rallied in the fourth quarter for a 62-56 come-from-behind victory over Bunker Hill.
Down 41-39 after three quarters, Maiden came up with its best offense quarter of the contest in the fourth to secure the win.
Grace Herman set the standard for the Blue Devils with 21 points. Zoe Huffman (14 points) and Cree Bass (12) were also in double figures for Maiden.
Bunker Hill’s Addie Wray led all scorers with 24 points and Crystany White added 15.
South Caldwell 32, Hibriten 21
South Caldwell pulled away from Hibriten in the final quarter of a girls varsity basketball game for a 32-21 win.
Tied at 15 at the half and up 21-18 after three quarters, South Caldwell secured the victory with a solid final period.
Mackenzie Starnes was the lone player for South Caldwell in double figures with 10 points.
Gibson scored seven to lead Hibriten.
Statesville Christian 75, University Christian 32
The University Christian girls basketball team fell behind early and never recovered in a 75-32 loss to Statesville Christian in conference play.
Statesville Christian placed four players in double figures.
University Christian is now 3-3 on the season, 0-1 in conference action.
East Burke 65, Kings Mountain 49
East Burke had four players score in double figures to earn a 65-49 win over Kings Mountain in girls action.
Riley Haas led the East Burke offense with 17 points, Adrianna Hawkins and Josie Hise each scored 14 in support and Ashlyn Stillwell chipped in 11.
North Iredell 43, Alexander Central 28
North Iredell scored early and often in claiming a 43-28 win over Alexander Central in girls basketball.
North Iredell never trailed in the contest and led at one point by as many as 24.
London Liles led North Iredell in scoring with 15 points and Rachel Lalonde had 10.
Sydney Sharpe took scoring honors for Alexander Central with eight points.
Ashbrook 62, Hickory 40
The Hickory girls basketball team couldn’t make up for a slow start and fell to Ashbrook by the final of 62-40.
Mikayla Hill was the high scorer for Hickory with eight points.
Evonna McGill had 18 points for Ashbrook, followed by 13 points from Trinity Jones and 12 from Summer Schloss.
Bandys 59, Fred T. Foard 55
Each team had a big quarter in the second half of a girls varsity basketball game between Bandys and Fred T. Foard, but Foard’s fourth quarter came up just short as Bandys claimed a four-point victory, 59-55.
Mallorie Haines’ 19 points led Bandys. Teammates Caroline Merman and McKenzie Deal were also in double figures with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Abbey Setzer had 20 to lead Foard and Destiny Garvin had 17.
Hickory 77, Jay M. Robinson 58
Hickory’s Red Tornadoes trailed after one quarter against Jay M. Robinson and only led by a point at intermission, but a strong second half propelled Hickory to a 77-58 victory.
Four Hickory players hit double figures, led by Cody Young’s 27 points. Jackson Bell contributed 18, Torey James had 16 and Jaquan Thurman added 11.
Robinson was paced by ViChon Means, who had 15 points, and Max Agnew with 10.
Hickory is now 4-0 on the season.
McDowell 85, East Burke 39
East Burke simply couldn’t find a way to stop McDowell, who rolled to an 85-39 win. McDowell improves to 3-1 with the victory, while East Burke is still searching for its first win at 0-6.
Aaron Morrison was the sole East Burke player in double figures with 10 points.
McDowell’s Kevin Silver led all scorers with 26 and Antoine Lindsey had 12.
McDowell made it a sweep in boys’ action with a 68-33 win in the junior varsity contest.
Shuford led East Burke with nine points. East Burke JVs are now 4-2 on the season.
Hickory 71, Ashbrook 66
The Red Tornadoes got balanced scoring and put four players in double figures to edge Ashbrook by the final of 71-66.
Cody Young’s 22 points led Hickory. James Freeman and Torey James had 12 apiece.
Ashbrook had big nights from Cameron June (27 points) and Byron Sanders (24). JaQuail Brown was also in double figures with 11.
Statesville Christian 94, University Christian 58
University Christian fell prey to the balanced scoring attack of Statesville Christian and dropped a boys varsity basketball game by the final of 94-58.
While Statesville placed five players in double figures, University Christian got 15 from Wesley Marlow, 14 from Brycen Burns, 12 from Ethan Shuford and 11 from Jonah Watson.
The Barracudas are now 4-2 overall and 0-1 in conference play following the loss.
Kings Mountain 97, East Burke 46
East Burke just couldn’t keep pace with Kings Mountain, who claimed a 97-46 win in boys varsity basketball action.
Kings Mountain scored 80 points through the first three quarters, including a 32-point second frame.
Cody Kistler’s 15 points paced East Burke. Kings Mountain got 25 from Eli Paysour, 24 from Zeke Littlejohn and 22 from Adrian Delph.
Kings Mountain also earned a victory in the JV game, 52-46. Luke Coble had 12 and Trey Ward had 10 for East Burke.
Alexander Central 47, North Iredell 37
Alexander Central pitched a first-quarter shutout on the way to a 10-point win over North Iredell in boys basketball, 47-37.
The Cougars got 32 points from their bench in picking up the win. Lyndon Strickland was high-point man with 11 and Jem Lowrance had 10.
Travis Wilcox had 15 for North Iredell.
Bandys 56, Fred T. Foard 54
Bandys won the first half and Fred T. Foard the second in a boys varsity basketball game. But Bandys had enough to hold off a Foard fourth-quarter rally to claim a 56-54 win.
The Trojans got 24 points from JaTay Culliver and 10 more from Charlie Styborski.
Caleb Schmidt led the Tigers with 24.
Bandys 79, West Iredell 48
Bandys rolled to a 30-point win in boys’ basketball over West Iredell by the final of 79-48.
The Trojans took control of a tight game in the second period and then broke the game open in the fourth period.
JaTay Culliver scored 22 points to lead Bandys. Charlie Styborski had 17 while both Hunter Clanton and Davis Clanton had 10 points.
Hayden Blohm claimed high-point honors for West Iredell with 18 points and Quay Stokes put up 10.
Hickory Christian Academy 80, Carolina Gladiators 43
Hickory Christian Academy claimed a non-conference win over the Carolina Gladiators by the final score of 80-43. HCA improved to 4-2 for the season.
The Knights’ defense set the tone, with 50 points for the hosts coming off of forced turnovers.
Tommy McGrath and Andy Cook led the Knights in scoring with 16 points each.
The same evening, the HCA reserves dropped a 49-47 decision to Alexander Central.
St. Stephens 42, Newton-Conover 30
St. Stephens claimed a win over Newton-Conover on the mats with a 42-30 decision.
Winners for St. Stephens included Graham Ormand (113), Blake Baker (132), Eddie Brancock (145), Ivan Vergel (160), Dakota Metcalf (182) and Salvador Gilvaja (220) by pinfall; De’Untae Henry (152) in a 13-3 major decision; and Justin Beltran (195) in a 5-3 decision.
Claiming wins for Newton-Conover were Mitch Glover (106), Spenser Harris (126), and Robert Deese (285) via pinfall; Isaiah Summers (120) by forfeit; Luke Canrobert (138) in a 6-1 decision and Joshua Nichols (170) in a 5-3 decision.
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