2-16-22 roundup: High school basketball and football, College football and basketball, Pro basketball and football, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker

Bessemer City’s Janiya Adams broke her own Gaston County High School girls basketball single game scoring record on Tuesday night in the Yellow Jackets’ 77-27 Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference tournament victory over Cherryville.

Bessemer City’s Janiya Adams (middle) is shown with a commemorative 1,000-point basketball earlier this season with her head coach Billy James (left) and assistant coach Danny McDowell (right).

A junior guard, Adams scored 55 points to break her previous best of 50 points scored against Cherryville on Feb. 5, 2021.

Based on current N.C. High School Athletic Association records, Adams’ total is tied for eighth in the state’s five-on-five history as several high-scoring games were recorded during the old six-on-six rules that were used until the 1969-70 season, including Gaston County’s all-time record of 102 points by Gayle Waldrop of old Lowell High in 1956.

Adams and Bessemer City advance to play in Thursday’s tournament semifinals against Thomas Jefferson at the Shelby High gymnasium.

Here’s the tournament results and pairings for conferences from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties:

Big South 3A
Monday’s boys first round
Crest 70, North Gaston 40
South Point 75, Forestview 53
Kings Mountain 90, Huss 66
Cramer 81, Ashbrook 52

Wednesday’s boys semifinals at Crest
Kings Mountain 72, Cramer 61: Will Kelly (21 points, 4 steals, 3 assists), Frankie Verdezas (11 points, 3 assists) and Justin Rocquemore (11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals) led Cramer and Zeke Cannedy (23 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists) and Maddox James (21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists) led Kings Mountain.

Crest 86, South Point 75

Friday’s boys championship at Crest
Crest vs. Kings Mountain

Monday’s girls first round
Ashbrook 77, Cramer 43
South Point 57, Crest 50
Kings Mountain 61, Forestview 30
Huss 68, North Gaston 44

Wednesday’s girls semifinals at Ashrook
Kings Mountain 59, Huss 49: Saniya Wilson (24 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals), CoRey Simpson (11 points, 15 rebounds), Khalia King (10 points, 2 rebounds), Jacie Jarvis (5 points, 2 rebounds), Alayna Patrick (4 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals), Tyasya Bell (4 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals) and Austyn Dixon (1 point, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals) led Kings Mountain and Myla Hoover had 21 points and Brooklyn Swann 12 for Huss.

Ashbrook 56, South Point 35: Kennette Bess had 25 points and Madison Cole 13 for Ashbrook and Maddie Frank’s 21 points led South Point.

Friday’s girls championship at Crest
Ashbrook vs. Kings Mountain

Western Foothills 3A
Monday’s boys first round
Hickory 87, West Iredell 47
North Lincoln 74, St. Stephens 62
East Lincoln 75, Foard 28
North Iredell 76, Statesville 43

Thursday’s semifinals at East Lincoln
East Lincoln vs. North Iredell
Hickory vs. Statesville

Monday’s girls first round
East Lincoln 64, West Iredell 15
Foard 67, North Iredell 59
Hickory 71, North Lincoln 16
St. Stephens 37, Statesville 19

Wednesday’s girls semifinals at East Lincoln
Hickory 56, St. Stephens 46
East Lincoln 74, Foard 68

Friday’s girls championship at East Lincoln
East Lincoln vs. Hickory

Southern Piedmont 1A/2A
Tuesday’s boys first round
East Gaston 66, Cherryville 51
Bessemer City 87, Highland Tech 67
Burns 61, Thomas Jefferson 49

Thursday’s boys semifinals at Shelby
Bessemer City vs. Burns
Shelby vs. East Gaston

Tuesday’s girls first round
Burns 59, East Gaston 42
Thomas Jefferson 63, Highland Tech 23
Bessemer City 77, Cherryville 27

Thursday’s girls semifinals at Shelby
Thomas Jefferson vs. Bessemer City
Shelby vs. Burns

Catawba Valley 2A
Tuesday’s boys first round
West Caldwell 71, Newton-Conover 59
West Lincoln 64, Bandys 51
Maiden 58, Bunker Hill 43
Lincolnton 60, East Burke 48

Wednesday’s boys semifinal at Catawba Valley CC
West Caldwell 74, West Lincoln 50

Thursday’s boys semifinal at Catawba Valley CC
Maiden vs. Lincolnton

Friday’s boys championship at Catawba Valley CC
West Caldwell vs. Maiden-Lincolnton winner

Tuesday’s girls first round
Bandys 57, Maiden 39
East Burke 36, Lincolnton 14
Bunker Hill 69, West Lincoln 40

Wednesday’s girls semifinal at Catawba Valley CC
Newton-Conover vs. Bandys

Thursday’s girls semifinal at Catawba Valley CC
East Burke vs. Bunker Hill

Catawba Shores 1A/2A
Monday’s boys first round
Mountain Island Charter 81, Langtree Charter 73
Christ the King 64, Pine Lake Prep 49

Wednesday’s boys semifinals
Community School of Davidson vs. Christ the King
Lincoln Charter 67, Mountain Island Charter 56

Friday’s boys championship at Pine Lake Prep
Lincoln Charter vs. CSD-CTK winner

Monday’s girls first round
Christ the King 49, Pine Lake Prep 47, OT
Langtree Charter 53, Mountain Island Charter 26

Wednesday’s girls semifinals
Langtree Charter 65, Community School of Davidson 55
Lincoln Charter 50, Christ the King 24

Friday’s championship at Pine Lake Prep
Lincoln Charter vs. Langtree Charter

Metro 8 1A
Monday’s boys first round
Cabarrus Charter 52, Sugar Creek 44
Queen’s Grant 103, Apprentice Academy 32
Corvian Community 66, Bradford Prep 49

Wednesday’s boys semifinals at Bradford Prep
Corvian Community 79, Queen’s Grant 72
Carolina International 104, Cabarrus Charter 75

Friday’s boys championship at Bradford Prep
Carolina International vs. Corvian Community

Wednesday’s girls semifinals
Sugar Creek at Piedmont CC
Corvian Community at Bradford Prep

NCISAA Class 3A state playoffs

Thursday’s boys first round
Calvary Day at Gaston Christian

Tuesday’s girls first round
Hickory Grove Christian 56, Gaston Christian 24

NCISAA Class 2A state playoffs

Tuesday’s boys first round
Gaston Day 84, Hickory Christian 36

Thursday’s boys second round
O’Neal at Gaston Day

Tuesday’s girls first round
Statesville Christian 54, Gaston Day 33





High school football

Bessemer City announced Edward “Shane” Short as its new head football coach on Wednesday.

Short has served as Kings Mountain assistant football coach for the past 8 years and the Mountaineers’ head wrestling coach for the past six years. A 2001 Kings Mountain High graduate where he was three-sport standout, Short is a U.S. Navy veteran who attended Limestone University.

He’ll replace Bessemer City’s winningest coach in school history, Larry Boone, who retired after the 2021 season with 93 victories in his 18 years as Yellow Jackets’ head coach.

Short comes over from a Kings Mountain program under all-time Mountaineers’ winner Greg Lloyd; In Short’s eight seasons on Lloyd’s staff, Kings Mountain has won 82 games, two league titles and 10 or games in five years.





College football

Stuart Cramer’s Colby Green with his family and coaches on his college football signing day.

Signing: Cramer’s Colby Green signed a scholarship to play at Mars Hill. A 5-foot-11, 245-pounder, Green played offensive and defensive line for the Storm.

Charlotter 49ers: Fourth-year head football coach Will Healy has added veteran coach Greg Brown as the program’s co-defensive coordinator/secondary coach, promoted offensive assistant Tyler Chadwick to tight ends coach and named Kap Dede, PhD., as defensive backs coach. The moves complete his 2022 staff.

“Getting a coach of Greg Brown’s caliber to help guide our defense is tremendous,” Healy said of Brown, who has 25 years of collegiate experience and 17 years of collegiate experience. “He has been a part of top-notch programs on the collegiate and NFL level and brings that experience to our team. I’m also excited about bringing Kap on board. He and Greg have worked together and they bring a ton of knowledge to our secondary. Promoting Tyler was a no-brainer. His enthusiasm is contagious and he offers a great example for our players. He has done a great job here since day one.”






Middle school basketball

(Wednesday’s results)
York Chester 46, Bessemer City 11: Tristen Gordon had 18 points and 9 steals and Quincy Fortenberry, Nysier Dawkins and Zamarius Gladden had six points apiece for York Chester.

York Chester 27, Bessemer City 17

Standings through Wednesday’s games:

Southwest 7-0
Belmont 5-1
Holbrook 5-1
York Chester 5-2
Grier 4-2
Mount Holly 3-4
Stanley 3-4
Cramerton 2-4
W.C. Friday 1-5
Bessemer City 0-6
Chavis 0-6

Cramerton 6-0
Holbrook 6-0
Belmont 4-2
W.C. Friday 4-2
Southwest 4-3
Stanley 3-4
Chavis 2-4
Mount Holly 2-5
York Chester 2-5
Bessemer City 1-5
Grier 1-5

(Thursday’s games)
Belmont at Stanley
Bessemer City at Southwest
Chavis at Mount Holly
Cramerton at Holbrook
W.C. Friday at Grier







Pro basketball

Here is the Charlotte Hornets’ full regular season schedule (with results):

Wed. 20 INDIANA (W 123-122)
Fri. 22 at Cleveland (W 123-112)
Sun. 24 at Brooklyn (W 111-95)
Mon. 25 BOSTON (L 129-140, OT)
Wed. 27 at Orlando (W 120-111)
Fri. 29 at Miami (L 99-114)
Sun. 31 PORTLAND (W 125-113)
Mon. 1 CLEVELAND (L 110-113)
Wed. 3 at Golden State (L 92-114)
Fri. 5 at Sacramento (L 110-140)
Sun. 7 at LA Clippers (L 106-120)
Mon. 8 at L.A. Lakers (L 123-126, OT)
Wed. 10 at Memphis (W 118-108)
Fri. 12 NEW YORK (W 104-96)
Sun. 14 GOLDEN STATE (W 106-102)
Wed. 17 WASHINGTON (W 97-87)
Fri. 19 INDIANA (W 121-118)
Sat. 20 at Atlanta (L 105-115)
Mon. 22 at Washington (W 109-103)
Wed. 24 at Orlando (W 108-99)
Fri. 26 MINNESOTA (W 133-115)
Sat. 27 at Houston (L 143-146, OT)
Mon. 29 at Chicago (L 119-133)
Wed. 1 at Milwaukee (L 125-127)
Sun. 5 at Atlanta (W 130-127)
Mon. 6 PHILADELPHIA (L 124-127, OT)
Wed. 8 PHILADELPHIA (L 106-110)
Fri. 10 SACRAMENTO (W 124-123)
Mon. 13 at Dallas (L 96-120)
Wed. 15 at San Antonio (W 131-115)
Fri. 17 at Portland (L 116-125)
Sun. 19 at Phoenix (L 106-137)
Mon. 20 at Utah (L 102-112)
Thu. 23 at Denver (W 115-107)
Mon. 27 HOUSTON (W 123-99)
Wed. 29 at Indiana (W 116-108)
Sun. 2 PHOENIX (L 99-133)
Mon. 3 at Washington (L 121-124)
Wed. 5 DETROIT (W 140-111)
Sat. 8 MILWAUKEE (W 114-106)
Mon. 10 MILWAUKEE (W 103-99)
Wed. 12 at Philadelphia (W 109-98)
Fri. 14 ORLANDO (L 109-116)
Mon. 17 at New York (W 97-87)
Wed. 19 at Boston (W 111-102)
Fri. 21 OKLAHOMA CITY (W 121-98)
Sun. 23 ATLANTA (L 91-113)
Tue. 25 at Toronto (L 113-125)
Wed. 26 at Indiana (W 158-126)
Fri. 28 L.A. LAKERS (W 117-114)
Sun. 30 LA CLIPPERS (L 90-115)
Wed. 2 at Boston (L 107-113)
Fri. 4 CLEVELAND (L 101-102)
Sat. 5 MIAMI (L 86-104)
Mon. 7 TORONTO (L 101-116)
Wed. 9 CHICAGO (L 109-121)
Fri. 11 at Detroit (W 141-119)
Sat. 12 MEMPHIS (L 118-125)
Tue. 15 at Minnesota (L 120-126, OT)
Thu. 17 MIAMI 7:00
Fri. 25 TORONTO 7:00
Sun. 27 DETROIT 7:00
Mon. 28 at Milwaukee 8:00
Wed. 2 at Cleveland 7:00
Sat. 5 SAN ANTONIO 7:00
Tue. 8 BROOKLYN 7:00
Wed. 9 BOSTON 7:00
Fri. 11 at New Orleans 8:00
Mon. 14 at Oklahoma City 8:00
Wed. 16 ATLANTA 7:00
Sat. 19 DALLAS 7:00
Mon. 21 NEW ORLEANS 7:00
Wed. 23 NEW YORK 7:00
Fri. 25 UTAH 7:00
Sun. 27 at Brooklyn 7:30
Mon. 28 DENVER 7:00
Wed. 30 at New York 7:30
Sat. 2 at Philadelphia 12:30
Tue. 5 at Miami 7:30
Thu. 7 ORLANDO 7:00
Fri. 8 at Chicago 8:00






College basketball
Winthrop 81, Gardner-Webb 70: Visiting Winthrop (18-8, 11-2) put an end to Gardner-Webb’s six-game winning streak that cost Gardner-Webb (15-11, 9-4) a chance to move into first place of the Big South Conference South Division standings.

Belmont Abbey 103, Lees-McRae 80: Quest Aldridge had 22 points and nine rebounds as the Crusaders improved to 16-9 overall and 14-7 in Conference Carolinas.

Gaston College 66, Brunswick Community College 65: The Rhinos continued to be the “road warriors” of Region 10 with their fourth road win of out five league road games this season. DaMarco Watson tallied 18 second-half points and hit two free throws with 13.2 seconds left that proved decisive.

Lees-McRae women 73, Belmont Abbey 71: Alexis Schulz had a season-high 23 points for the Abbey and former East Lincoln High standout Destiny Johnson’s 17 points led Lees-McRae.