Friday’s roundup: Belmont Abbey takes historic win, Forestview trainer honored, S.C. state football title update, prep volleyball results
By Richard Walker
Belmont Abbey College’s women’s basketball team opened the 2020-21 season in historic fashion by winning at UNC-Greensboro 63-60.
It’s the first win for the Lady Crusaders over a NCAA Division I opponent since they won 75-67 in overtime at Campbell on Feb. 1, 1985.
In Friday’s victory, Maria Kuhlman and Allie Downing scored 15 points apiece to lead Belmont Abbey, which is ranked No. 23 in the NCAA Division II preseason poll.
The Lady Crusaders play again on Saturday at 2 p.m. in their home opener against Wingate.
College men’s basketball
Gardner-Webb opener pushed back again: The Bulldogs have again had their season-opener pushed back after a positive COVID-19 test at Presbyterian forced the Blue Hose to postpone the scheduled Wednesday and Thursday Big South Conference games at Gardner-Webb.
The Bulldogs season opener is now slated for Dec. 12 at Pittsburgh.
Georgia State 76, Charlotte 65: Three 49ers scored in double figures but they fell to 0-2 in a non-conference game at Halton Arena on Friday night.
Sophomore Jahmir Young led Charlotte with 20 points and seven rebounds. The 49ers play again on Monday at home against South Carolina State at 6 p.m.
College women’s basketball
Richmond 85, Gardner-Webb 73: The visiting Bulldogs fell to 0-3 despite getting a career-high 26 points from sophomore Lauren Bevis.
Gardner-Webb plays again on Sunday at Virginia Tech at 2 p.m.
High school boys basketball
Charlotte Latin 63, Gaston Day 51: The Spartans fell to 4-2 in the road loss. Gaston Day plays again at home on Tuesday against Metrolina Christian.
High school boys basketball
Charlotte Latin 46, Gaston Day 37: The Spartans fell to 3-2 in the road loss. Gaston Day plays again at home on Tuesday against Metrolina Christian.
High school football
Forestview trainer honored: Jaguars trainer Jarrett Friday has been selected for the 2021 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas as an Athletic Training adult representative.
Knotts wins 13th state title: Longtime high school coach Tom Knotts won his 13th state title on Friday night when his Dutch Fork Silver Foxes defeated T.L. Hanna 28-6 at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., for the S.C. High School League 5A state championship.
Knotts, who previously coached at Charlotte’s Harding, West Charlotte and Independence high schools, has won seven N.C. state titles and six S.C. state titles (all at Dutch Fork).
Three other SCHSL state titles will be played today at Benedict College; Southside Christian meets Lake View for the 1A title at 11:30 a.m., Daniel meets Camden for the 3A title at 3:30 p.m. and A.C. Flora meets North Myrtle Beach for the 4A title at 7:30 p.m.
The 2A title game between Abbeville and Marion has been postponed to Dec. 18 at Columbia’s Spring Valley High School after Marion had positive COVID-19 tests in its program.
High school volleyball
Kings Mountain 3, Forestview 0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-11 – on Thursday): Emma Goff (17 service points, 7 kills, 2 blocks), Ashlyn Wood (10 service points, 9 assists), Paige Bagwell (18 assists, 14 digs), Aaliyah Byers (16 kills, 3 blocks, 12 serve receptions, 6 digs) and Myracle Davis (6 blocks, 2 kills) led the Mountaineers to the victory.
Kings Mountain also won the JV match 25-18, 25-14 to improve to 3-0.
East Lincoln 3, West Lincoln 0 (25-12, 25-17, 26-24 – on Thursday): Jordan Gromlich (10 kills, 4 solo blocks, 11 digs), Kaylee Spees (23 digs), Maddy Gartland (7 kills) and Katie Cook (19 assists, 11 digs) led the Mustangs to the victory.
East Lincoln also won the JV match 25-9, 25-20.