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Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, 28 January 2012 08:30

Well, it finally happened. The Alexander Central High men's basketball team defeated Hickory 60-57 on Nathan Birkedal's three-pointer at the horn Friday night in Taylorsville. The win avenged a pair of overtime losses at the horn earlier this year against the Red Tornadoes (at the Catawba Valley Holiday Classic in December and

a loss at Hickory just a few days later on January 3).  The win also moves Alexander Central (15-5 overall; 8-1 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference) into sole possession of first place in the NW3A/4A. In turn, Hickory (17-3; 7-1) suffered its second league loss in 33 games.
Birkedal led the Cougars with 16 points; Matt Mohon finished with 12. Zach Jarrett led the Red Tornadoes with 15 points; Jalen Byrd had 12.
Fred T. Foard pulled off a huge upset in the women's division as the Tigers defeated South Caldwell 65-53 in Sawmills. Brooke Robinson poured in a game-high 20 points to pace the Tigers. She scored 16 of those over the last three quarters. Kayla Whitworth and Chelsea Turner each had 13 points. The win moves Fred T. Foard (11-9; 4-5) into sole possession of fourth place in the NW3A/4A. The loss also prevented South Caldwell (11-8; 6-3) from moving into a second-place tie with Alexander Central. Toni Younce led the Spartans with 11 points. Foard coach Brad Mangum, who was an assistant coach at South Caldwell for nine years, picked up his first win against his mentor, Jeff Parham.
Hickory maintained its grip on first place by knocking off Alexander Central 64-54 Friday night in Taylorsville. Denashia Witherspoon led the Red Tornadoes ( 19-1; 8-0) with 22 points. Aja Hoyle had 16. The win also gives Hickory a two-game lead for first place with four games left in the regular season. Kelsie Rhyne and Marie Ritchie led the Cougars (15-5; 7-2) with 13 points apiece.
The WHS men and women travel to Alexander Central Tuesday night. Our coverage begins at 6 p.m. on Oldies 100.7 FM.




The Ashe County High men's basketball team survived a huge scare from Alleghany Friday night as the Huskies rallied late and defeated the Trojans 50-37 in Sparta. A 14-point run over the last six minutes of the game finally pushed
Ashe County (18-2; 12-1) over the top.
The win also keeps Ashe County in sole possession of first place in the MVC. Sam Gammons led the Huskies with 18 points; Nehemiah Stafford had 12. Wilkes Central (16-3; 11-2) remained a game behind Ashe County with a 50-48 win over Starmount in Moravian Falls Friday night. Calvin Shoemaker, who scored the last seven points of the game to spark the Eagles' rally, hit the game-winner at the horn. Starmount (12-7; 9-3) falls two games off the pace in third place.

And the Ashe County women snapped their six-game losing streak by knocking off Alleghany 45-22 Friday night. MacKenzie Johnson led the Huskies (7-13; 3-10) with 15 points; Kayla Spears had eight points in the win.


Friday's games


Northwestern 3A/4A Conference




Fred T. Foard 65, South Caldwell 53
Hibriten 50, St. Stephens 44
Hickory 64, Alexander Central 54
Watauga - Bye




South Caldwell 62, Fred T. Foard 42
St. Stephens 54, Hibriten 35
Alexander Central 60, Hickory 57
Watauga - Bye


Other games:


Women: Ashe County 45, Alleghany 22
Men: Ashe County 50, Alleghany 37


Tuesday's games:


Northwestern 3A/4A Conference


(Men & Women)


Watauga @ Alexander Central
South Caldwell @ Hickory
Hibriten @ Fred T. Foard
St. Stephens - Bye


Other games:


(Men & Women)


Ashe County @ Elkin




Hickory (3A)          8-0           19-1
Alex Central (4A)   7-2           15-5
S. Caldwell (4A)     6-3           11-8
Fred T. Foard (3A) 4-5           11-9
Watauga (4A)       3-5            5-13
Hibriten (3A)         2-6            5-12
St. Stephens (3A) 0-9            3-17






Alex Central (4A)    8-1     15-5
Hickory (3A)           7-1     17-3
St. Stephens (3A)   5-4     13-8
Watauga (4A)        4-4      8-10
S. Caldwell (4A)     3-6      8-11
Hibriten (3A)          2-6     9-8
Fred T. Foard (3A)  1-8     11-9





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