STATESVILLE — The Patton girls golf team won its first match since tying Hibriten in the 2017 opener on Thursday in Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference play at River Oaks Golf Club.

The Lady Panthers (173) for a second consecutive week were led by freshman medalist Allie Witherspoon’s nine-hole score of 50. Patton’s Taylor Sweeney added a 59, Erin Wortman shot 64 and Kailey Buchanan shot 65

“I’ve been extremely happy with Allie’s play in her first two matches of her high school career,” Patton coach Matt Baker said. “She is confident, and with each week, she becomes more motivated to get better.

“Beating Hibriten has been something we have been trying to do for years. Now in my third year of coaching, we have had a lot of second-place finishes but finally breaking through feels great. Each of my girls went out and shot a great round. It took a team effort, and hopefully we can build off this moving forward.”

Draughn (174) finished runner-up by a single stroke, the closest the program has come to winning a match since 2011. The Lady Wildcats got rounds of 54 from Lindsey Hodge, 58 from Elle Tanner and 62 from Charis Hyde.

“The girls are hitting the ball good off the tee and really impressive with their iron shots,” Draughn coach Chris Treadway said. “We continue to work on reading greens and making better shot decisions in particular situations, which should help us improve. I feel we are real close to that first team win.”

Hibriten and West Iredell (180) tied for third, with Foard (190) fifth. East Burke’s lone golfer, Shelby Huffman, shot 69.



Alexander Central 3, Draughn 2

The host Lady Wildcats (9-4, 4-2 NWFAC) dropped a close one Thursday in nonconference action, 25-23, 16-25, 23-25, 25-20, 8-15. Draughn’s JV squad won the day’s earlier match. No individual statistics or JV set scores were available.



Crest 21, Freedom 6

BG Hampton’s 51-yard scoring run as time expired Thursday at home prevented the shutout for the JV Patriots (2-1) in their first loss of the season.

Playing without starting quarterback Ty Little, running back Curt Young and wideouts Sacred Baylor and Philly Harris (varsity availability), Freedom, which was stymied by three lost fumbles, started Zeke Wright under center and later used Avery Pollard (12-21 rushing) in a wildcat capacity. Hampton tallied a team-high 105 yards on 11 carries.

Defensively, Lloyd (two), Kalvin Khang (two), Nathan Vue (two), Demarcus Lawrence, Eli Thomas, Joseph Cunningham and Gage Reed had tackles for loss.

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Avery Co. 14, Draughn 12

The JV Wildcats (0-3, 0-1 NWFAC) were edged in Newland on Thursday despite Tywan Nemorin’s rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown from John Abernathy.

Thomas Lambert, Bryson Griffin and Will Price also made major contributions on offense, coach Chris Powell said, and the Draughn defensive effort was paced by top tacklers Thomas Lambert, Josh Elkins and Eli Pritchard as well as Riley Cooper (pass breakup) and Eric Gilleon (sack).


W. Lincoln 33, EB 0

The JV Cavaliers (0-3) were shut out for a second straight contest on Thursday in Lincolnton. No more details were available.


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