Sunday’s roundup: College basketball tournament pairings and results, prep girls soccer, softball, soccer and football schedules

By Richard Walker

Belmont Abbey College’s men’s basketball season ended Sunday night against a hot-shooting Emmanuel, Ga., team in the sixth meeting this season between the two schools.

Emmanuel knocked down 12 3-pointers, including seven in the first half when the Lions took charge of what became a 76-53 NCAA Division II Southeast regional semifinal victory at Harrogate, Tenn.

Emmanuel (17-6) will meet host Lincoln Memorial (17-3) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. the regional title and a berth in the March 24-27 Elite Eight in Evansville, Ind.

Belmont Abbey led 7-2 early before Emmanuel’s long-range shots helped the Lions built a 37-18 lead with 2:33 left in the first half. The Abbey closed within 37-22 at halftime but Emmanuel rolled in the second half.

Ten players scored points for the Crusaders led by nine from Quest Aldridge. Emmanuel’s Brandon Simpson had a game-high 20 points.

Top-seeded Belmont Abbey had beaten Emmanuel 82-70 last Sunday in the 2021 Conference Carolinas title game. The Crusaders and Lions had split four regular season games with the home team winning each game.

Full pairings and results for the NCAA Division II Southeast men’s basketball regional at Harrogate, Tenn.:

Saturday’s quarterfinals
BYES – #1 Belmont Abbey, #2 Lincoln Memorial
#6 Tusculum 65, #3 Carson-Newman 63, OT
#4 Emmanuel 80, #5 Queens 78

Sunday’s semifinals
#2 Lincoln Memorial 80, #6 Tusculum 66
#4 Emmanuel 76, #1 Belmont Abbey 53

Tuesday’s championship game
Championship game, 7 p.m.

Full pairings and results for the NCAA Division II Southeast women’s basketball regional at Jefferson City, Tenn.; Belmont Abbey is in a regional final for the first time and is playing for a berth in the March 23-26 Elite Eight in Columbus, Ohio:

Friday’s quarterfinals
BYES – #1 Belmont Abbey, #2 Barton
#6 Catawba 67, 3 Carson-Newman 48
#4 Tusculum 77, #5 Tuskegee 64

Saturday’s semifinals
#2 Barton 80, #3 Catawba 64
#1 Belmont Abbey 74, #4 Tusculum 59

Monday’s championship game
#1 Belmont Abbey vs. #2 Barton, 6 p.m.

Big South women’s tournament pairings:

Note: Radford (9-9) withdrew due to COVID pause in program.
March 7 first round
#8 USC Upstate 72, #9 Charleston Southern 64

Monday’s quarterfinals
#1 High Point 85, #8 USC Upstate 63
#4 Gardner-Webb 66, #5 Presbyterian 62
#2 Campbell 54, #7 Winthrop 41
#3 Longwood 83, #6 UNC-Asheville 69

Thursday’s semifinals
#1 High Point 75, #4 Gardner-Webb 58
#2 Campbell 54, #3 Longwood 39

Sunday’s championship
#1 High Point 62, #2 Campbell 46

High school boys soccer

The full pairings of local teams in Tuesday’s opening round of the state playoffs:

Class 4A
Myers Park (8-0-1, West No. 1): hosts Panther Creek
South Meck (8-1, West No. 5): hosts East Forsyth
Hough (7-2-1, West No. 6): hosts Greensboro Page
Providence (7-1, West No. 13): at South Caldwell
Butler (6-2-1, West No. 15): at Northwest Guilford

Class 3A
Forestview (12-0, West No. 1): hosts Hickory
Cramer (11-2-1, West No. 11): at Montgomery Central

Class 2A
South Point (11-3, West No. 4): hosts Salisbury
East Lincoln (10-1-1, West No. 5): hosts Forbush
Shelby (11-1, West No. 14): at North Forsyth

Class 1A
Community School of Davidson (13-1, West No. 3) hosts Uwharrie Charter
Christ the King (10-0-2, West No. 8) hosts Pine Lake Prep
Thomas Jefferson (10-2-1, West No. 10) at Swain County


High school softball

Monday is opening day for 2021. Here’s the schedule:

Cramer at Kings Mountain
Forestview at Crest
North Gaston at Huss
Shelby at East Gaston
South Point at Burns

High school girls soccer

Monday is opening day for 2021. Here’s the schedule:

Ashbrook at Berry Academy
Cramer at Kings Mountain
Forestview at Crest
Gaston Christian at SouthLake Christian
Lake Norman Charter at East Lincoln
Lincolnton at Newton-Conover
Mountain Island Charter at Bradford Prep
North Gaston at Huss
Shelby at East Gaston
South Point at Burns
West Lincoln at North Lincoln

High school football

Here’s Friday’s schedule:

Cramer at North Gaston
Crest at Huss
Hickory at Forestview
Kings Mountain at Ashbrook
East Gaston at Chase
R-S Central at Mountain Island Charter
Shelby at Burns
South Point at East Rutherford
East Lincoln at Bandys
North Lincoln at Maiden
West Lincoln at Lincolnton
Community School of Davidson at Cherryville
Highland Tech at Bessemer City
Thomas Jefferson at Christ the King
Union Academy at Pine Lake Prep