Balanced Scoring Leads App State over JMU in OT....BOONE, N.C. –– A Kelvin Robinson (Little Rock, Ark./Episcopal) sent the game into overtime on a 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds remaining in regulation where Appalachian would outscore James Madison 14-2 to prevail 73-61 on Saturday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.

 

With the Mountaineers (4-6) trailing the Dukes (1-9) 59-56 and 6.8 seconds left in the game, Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett) brought the ball up and passed to Robinson toward the near sideline who poured in a 25-footer to knot the game at 59-59 with 0.5 seconds left.

In overtime, App State got off to a quick start and would outscore the Dukes 14-2 in the extra period to win by a 12-point margin, 73-61.

The Mountaineers (4-6) put together a balanced scoring effort with four Mountaineers finishing in double-figures and Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) led the squad with 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, including 4-of-10 from 3-point range.

Both Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military) and Good finished with 13 points each. Good finished 3-for-5 from long range. Robinson tallied 11 points. 

The Apps forced 22 James Madison turnovers and converted those into 25 points.

After hitting a three to open the game, App State engineered a 9-0 run to take a 9-3 lead, however, a 10-2 counter-run by the Dukes erased their deficit. The Dukes’ largest lead of the first half was nine points with 1:59 left, but App State finished the half on a 7-2 run to trail by just four at the break.

In the second half, App State took its first lead on a three from Robinson at the 15:26 mark - 36-34. The Dukes would regain the lead and lead by as many as six at 42-36 with 11:08 remaining. 

Just about four minutes later a Good 3-pointer gave App State a 47-46 advantage and both teams would trade four more times before the Robinson three tied the game and sent it to overtime.

In overtime, the Dukes’ Tom Vodanovich hit two free throws - one tied the game at 61-61, however, Appalachian scored the next 12 points - all unanswered to seal the win. 

Notes: With the win Appalachian State moved to 4-1 against James Madison … Ronshad Shabazz’s 21 points was the third 20-point game of the season and 10th of his career … it was the 27th double-digit scoring game of his career … Griffin Kinney’s 13 points was his fifth double-digit scoring game of the season and 12th of his career … Kelvin Robinson and Patrick Good netted their fourth and third double-digit scoring games, respectively … with the win App State moved to 143-76 (.653) all-time inside the Holmes Center.

 

SATURDAY'S STATE FOOTBALL SCORES

1A
MURPHY 15, PLYMOUTH 14

1AA
WALLACE-ROSE HILL 30, WEST MONTGOMERY 7

2A
REIDSVILLE 58, JOHN A. HOLMES 12

2AA
SHELBY 28, NORTHSIDE-JACKSONVILLE 6

3A
SOUTH POINT 16, ROCKY MOUNT 7

3AA
WEDDINGTON 33, EASTERN GUILFORD 20

4A
DUDLEY 54, CAPE FEAR 0

4AA
WAKE FOREST 29, GREENSBORO-PAGE 0

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL STANDINGS

Standings through the first half of the middle school basketball season

 
Boys:
 
Bethel: 7-0
Green Valley: 6-1
Parkway: 5-2
Valle Crucis: 4-3
Hardin Park: 3-4
Blowing Rock: 2-5
Cove Creek: 1-6
Mabel: 0-7
 
Girls:
 
Cove Creek: 6-1
Valle Crucis: 6-1
Mabel: 5-2
Green Valley: 4-3
Parkway: 3-4
Hardin Park: 2-5
Blowing Rock: 2-5
Bethel: 0-7
 
 
Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Makes It Four Straight Wins
 

Hickory, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (6-3, 3-2) won its fourth straight game with a last-minute 57-56 victory over Carson-Newman (6-5, 3-2) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) led the way with 15 points while junior guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) broke a 56-all tie with the game-winning free throw with 0.5 seconds left.

Carson-Newman, which battled back from a 28-16 halftime deficit, was led by Mika Wester (Newport, Tenn.) with 18 points - all in the second half - and Kailyn Brooks (Lafayette, Tenn.) with 13 points in the losing effort.

In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne mentor Katie Pate picked up her 100th career win as a collegiate head coach.

The Eagles were also hurt by making just five-of-34 shots (15 percent) in the first half and turned the ball over 18 times in the loss.

Senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) finished with 12 points for the Bears, who improved to 5-0 at home this season and won their 12th consecutive game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium dating back to last year.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Davis & Elkins on Monday afternoon beginning at 2:00 p.m. Carson-Newman takes on Mars Hill in a South Atlantic Conference game on the road on Saturday, December 31, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Comes Out On Top, 72-66 Over Carson-Newman

Hickory, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (5-5, 4-2) connected on 16 three-pointers on its way to a 72-66 victory over Carson-Newman (6-5, 3-2) in a South Atlantic Conference game Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) tallied a big double-double - 18 points and a career-high 20 rebounds - while junior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) added 19 points and hit five treys off the bench to lead the Bears to the win.

Carson-Newman's Charles Clark (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), the league's leading scorer, finished with a game-high 24 points and Sawyer Williams (Owenton, Ky.) also finished with a double-double - 15 points and 12 rebounds - in the setback.

Trailing by a 43-37 score with 18:44 remaining in the game, Lenoir-Rhyne reeled off 18 consecutive points over the next seven minutes to take the lead for good.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) hit four three-pointers and scored all 12 of his points in the first half while the Bears limited the Eagles to just 37 percent shooting (23-of-63) for the game.

The Bears also won their ninth straight conference league regular season home game dating back to last season.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road again on Friday, December 30, to face Chowan in Murfreesboro, N.C., beginning at 7:30 p.m. Carson-Newman, meanwhile, faces Mars Hill in a league contest in Mars Hill, N.C., on Saturday, December 31, at 4:00 p.m.

 

CVCC Men's Basketball

Catawba Valley vs. Johnston CC

 

Final Score: CVCC 94 - JCC 79

Halftime Score: CVCC 47 - JCC 37

Emmanuel Wembi logged a double double with 12 points and 17 rebounds, also led the team with 5 assists.

 

CVCC Leaders:

Points: Derick Brewer 20, Jamal Tanner 13, Emmanuel Wembi 12, Myles Williams 11, Ty Ireland 10

Rebounds: Emmanuel Wembi 17

Assists: Emmanuel Wembi 5

Overall Record 8-4

Next Game: Home, Tuesday 12/20 vs. conference opponent Wake Tech at 6:00pm

 

JCC Leaders:

Points: Jamarcus Phelps 29, Kenneth Williams Jr 12, Tymell Blue, 11

 

SHRINE BOWL: NORTH CAROLINA SLIPS BY SOUTH CAROLINA ON LATE TD

North Carolina broke a 10-10 tie with a touchdown in the final minute and held on to defeat South Carolina in the 80th annual Shrine Bowl all-star game at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College on Saturday afternoon.

Jack Davidson’s 18-yard scoring toss to Thomas Hennigan was the game-winning score with 20 seconds left in the game made the final, 17-10, as the Tarheels overcame an early 10-0 deficit.

South Carolina managed only two first downs in the second-half and finished the game with only 197 total yards.

The Watauga High football team was represented by head coach Ryan Habich and WHS assistant Steve Breitenstein on Saturday. They were assistant coaches for North Carolina.