Tuesday’s roundup: Gardner-Webb begins Big South men’s basketball on Wednesday, high school volleyball results

By Richard Walker

Gardner-Webb basketball coach Tim Craft talks to his team during a game earlier this season. [gwusports.com photo]
Gardner-Webb University will begin men’s and women’s Big South Conference play on Wednesday against Hampton.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs, which went 1-4 in its non-conference games, will visit Hampton on Wednesday at 2 p.m. and Thursday at noon.

Coach Tim Craft’s team endured seven postponements or cancellations before getting their season started on Dec. 10.

Against a challenging schedule of teams from Conference USA, the Southern Conference and the ACC, sophomore Lance Terry is averaging a team-best 13.4 points per game and senior Jaheam Cornwell is close behind at 13.0 points per game.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs also are adding some depth in 6-foot-7 freshman Tyrone Simos-Primerano of Australia. Simos-Primerano couldn’t enroll in August due to COVID-19 travel restrictions but will be eligible for Big South league game. He averaged 19.3 points per game for his prep team last season and was part of the Victoria Under 20 team that won the 2020 Australian national championships.

Hampton is 3-4 overall and 2-0 in Big South games.

The Gardner-Webb women’s team (1-6, 1-1 Big South) host Hampton on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and Thursday at 2 p.m.

Jhessyka Williams is averaging a team-high 11.3 points with Alasia Smith averaging 9.6 points and 8.9 rebounds for coach Alex Simmons.

High school volleyball

R-S Central 3, South Point 0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-13): Visiting R-S Central stayed unbeaten in the Southwestern 2A Conference.
South Point was led by Anna Dunbar (10 kills 1 assisted block, 12 digs), Chloe Ratliff (8 kills, 1 solo, 1 assisted block, 11 digs) and Emily Revels (30 Assists, 11 digs).
South Point won the junior varsity match over R-S Central 2-0.

East Lincoln 3, Maiden 0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-21)

East Lincoln 3, Newton-Conover 0 (25-21, 25-10, 25-12)

North Lincoln 3, Bandys 0 (32-30, 25-23, 25-15)

Thomas Jefferson 3, Bessemer City 0 (25-12, 25-23, 25-12)