Friday’s roundup: Another scoring record for a Bessemer City sophomore, prep basketball and soccer, college basketball and lacrosse

By Richard Walker

Bessemer City’s Randall Pettus drives to the basket in an earlier game this season. [Brian Mayhew photo/Carolina Top Shots]
For the second straight Friday, a Bessemer City High School sophomore set a Gaston County single-game scoring record.

This time, it was boys standout Randall Pettus whose 60 points supplanted Bessemer City’s Tony Byers as the county’s all-time single-game record-holder in a 91-62 home victory over Piedmont Community Charter.

Pettus also had seven steals, four assists and three rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (5-5, 5-5), who close their regular season next Wednesday at home against Thomas Jefferson. Keyshawn Adams (21 points, 7 rebounds), Jameer Holmes (8 points) and Terrence Smith (4 points, 7 rebounds) also contributed to the Bessemer City victory.

Pettus snapped a 42-year-old record set by Byers on Jan. 24, 1969 when he scored 59 points against old Tryon High School. Pettus is the third 50-point scorer in the county in the last eight seasons, joining Cherryville’s Kenny Poston Jr. (51 points in 2014) and Lane Harrill (51 points in 2019).

Last Friday, Bessemer City sophomore girls standout Janiya Adams set the girls single-game scoring record with 50 points in a Yellow Jackets’ win over Cherryville.

More high school boys basketball
Ashbrook 74, Cramer 42: Jacob Joyner (12 points, 3 steals), Justin Rocquemore (10 points) and Eja Brice (7 points, 5 rebounds) led Cramer (1-11, 1-9), who visit Huss on Tuesday.
Ashbrook also won the JV game 52-30 with Trevor Grigg (12 points, 6 rebounds) leading Cramer (5-7).

Crest 78, North Gaston 55: The Chargers (11-1, 11-0) wrapped up the Big South 3A Conference regular season title with the road victory.

Burns 70, East Gaston 58

Lincoln Charter 85, Christ the King 65: The unbeaten Eagles (11-0, 10-0) clinched the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference regular season title with the road victory.

Lake Norman Charter 59, Lincolnton 48

East L‌incoln 76, Maiden 50: The host Mustangs improved to 9-3 behind juniors Drew Bean (18 points), Logan Craig (14 points) and Jeremiah Jones (12 points) and sophomore Markell Clark (10 points).

North Lincoln 60, Newton-Conover 47

Mountain Island Charter 77, Union Academy 55

R-S Central 70, South Point 67

Crest 80, Ashbrook 65 (Feb. 5): Jadin Merritt (21 points, 5 rebounds), Mari Adams (21 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists), Caleb Borders (15 points, 5 rebounds) and Eli Hall (10 points, 8 rebounds) led Crest.

Crest 71, Huss 66 (Tuesday): Jadin Merritt (29 points, 6 rebounds), Ray Hall (16 points, 7 rebounds) and Mari Adams (13 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists) led Crest.

High school girls basketball
Ashbrook 79, Cramer 21: Madison Cole had 23 points and Kennette Bess 19 for Ashbrook and Ranija Hamilton had 11 points and Reece Wolfe nine for Cramer.

Crest 74, North Gaston 35: Alexis Marshall had 16 points, Vaniyah Petty 15 and Natalie Williams 14 for Crest.

East Gaston 65, Burns 30

Huss 51, Forestview 48

Christ the King 33, Lincoln Charter 25

Lake Norman Charter 44, Lincolnton 34

Eaets Lincoln 69, Maiden 53

Newton-Conover 62, North Lincoln 20

Bessemer City 53, Piedmont Charter 50: Janiya Adams (33 points, 10 steals) and Daejah Hardin (10 points) led Bessemer City.

Mountain Island Charter 52, Union Academy 39

R-S Central 70, South Point 37: Lexi Birtwistle (17 points), Kam Shipman (7 points, 6 assists, 8 rebounds) and Lilly Gregory (6 points, 13 rebounds) led South Point.

High school boys soccer
Cramer 9, Huss 0 (Thursday): Will Bostick set a school record with four goals for Cramer (5-0-1, 4-0-1) in the Big South 3A Conference game. Also scoring goals for Cramer were Luke Johnson, Drew Hooks, Trevor Hall, Adam Hamam and Eder Castillo. Hooks had three assists, Rafael Hernandez two and Jack Matz, Eder Castillo and Edgard Miranda one apiece. And Jaymon Mack had the goalkeeping for the Storm, who host Forestiew on Monday in its next match.


College men’s basketball
Mount Olive 80, Belmont Abbey 64: Chandler Baker scored 13 points and Prince Davies 11 for Belmont Abbey, which fell to 8-3 in Conference Carolinas and 10-4 overall in the road loss.

Longwood 78, Gardner-Webb 71: Jaheam Cornwall scored a career-high 32 points, but Gardner-Webb could not overcome a slow start and fell to 8-14 overall and 7-10 in the Big South Conference.

College women’s basketball
Belmont Abbey 70, Mount Olive 62: Brittany Autry scored a career-high 28 points as the Crusaders improved to 14-2 overall and 10-1 in Conference Carolinas.

College men’s lacrosse
Catawba 13, Belmont Abbey 4: The visiting No. 4-ranked Crusaders dropped their season opener for their first regular season loss since April 10, 2019.