Saturday's High Country Sports Update.... (2018-12-22 16:08:56)



 Freedom 59, E. Burke 32

Mitchell County at McDowell, moved to Jan. 9

Ashe County 55, Alleghany 40


Freedom 70, E. Burke 35

Mitchell County at McDowell, moved to Jan. 9

Virginia Episcopal 46, Hickory 44 (at Providence Day)

Alleghany 48, Ashe County 44

Clemson 87, App State 48

by Chase Colliton

CLEMSON, S.C. - Turnovers doomed Appalachian State University women's basketball (6-5) in an 87-48 setback to Clemson (9-4) on Friday evening in Littlejohn Coliseum.

Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) led the team with 10 points, six rebounds, and two assists, while Brooke Bigott (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) played a career-high 31 minutes off the bench. The freshman was aggressive on the glass with a game and career-high nine rebounds and four points. Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) paced the way with three assists and scored eight off the bench.

Coming into the contest, the Tigers were one of the top teams in forcing turnovers at 20.8 per game. Clemson forced App into 25 miscues for 25 points, which would set the tone for the contest.

Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) converted a layup midway through the first quarter that cut a four-point lead into a one-possession deficit, 7-5. However, Clemson ended the quarter on an 11-2 run to go in front 16-7 going into the second period.

After Clemson went in front 22-9, the Mountaineers hit four of their next five field goals to slice the gap to single digits, 27-18. Stanley and Plummer combined to hit their next three shots, while Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) hit one of her two layups to cap off the run. But Clemson answered all four of the Mountaineers' field goals, which led to a 14-of-16 stretch and eight straight field goals at one point to gain separation early in the third quarter.

Appalachian played well in spurts during the contest, but couldn't get into a rhythm. The hosts shot 52.9 percent from the field while Appalachian only shot 31.7 percent. App outrebounded Clemson, 43-39, including 19 offensive boards. The Mountaineers came away with second-chance opportunities but only came up with nine second-chance points.

Despite the loss, App still goes into conference play with a winning mark. The Mountaineers' 6-5 record is their best non-conference showing in the Angel Elderkin era.

The Mountaineers will have a break until they open Sun Belt play on Thursday, Jan. 3 against an 11-0 South Alabama team at 6:30 p.m. in the Holmes Center.