Dec. 6 Swannanoa Valley Sports Report

Tom Flynn
Special To The Black Mountain News


The Warren Wilson Owls are 10 games into their 2018-19 season and have posted a 3-7 record to date. They dropped a narrow 109-107 decision to the Apprentice School on Nov. 25, the fourth time they’ve eclipsed 100 points in a game this year. They hosted Regent University in Swannanoa on Saturday and were scheduled to host Clinton College (S.C.) at 8 p.m. on Dec. 5 at home.

The Owls’ Jordan Gant is averaging 23 points per game so far this season. He had a season-high 39 points against Pfeiffer on Nov. 16 and had 31 points in the recent game against Apprentice School. The Owls were featured in last week’s issue and are led by fourth-year head coach Anthony Barringer.

Jordan Gant drives past an Apprentice School defender on Nov. 25.

The Owls’ women’s squad was 1-7 heading into a Nov. 30 start against Toccoa Falls (Ga.). Senior Danasia Dumas is the Valley’s top collegiate scorer, averaging 25.4 points per contest through eight games. The Owls are directed by fifth-year head coach Robin Martin who led the squad to a 17-13 record last season.

The Montreat Cavaliers’ men’s basketball team, also profiled in last week’s issue, is 6-1 after a one-point road loss to Bryan College on Nov. 28. Junior outside specialist Austin Butler leads the team with 108 points, good for a 15.4 points per game. Close behind is senior Jeron Hemphill, whose 97 points gives him an average of 13.9 per game. The Cavs faced Johnson University on Dec. 1 and were scheduled to travel to play rival Milligan College on Dec. 5.

The Montreat women’s team was 4-5 and scheduled to face the AAC’s Brenau University on Dec. 1. Senior Jala Daniels is averaging 14.4 points per game for the Cavs, while fellow senior Arianna Williams leads the team with 33 assists on the year. The team went 6-18 within the conference last season, and as of last Friday were an even 3-3.  

High Schools

Owen boys’ basketball is profiled in this week’s issue and is led by second-year head coach Clint McElrath. They opened at 0-2 and hosted Erwin on Nov. 30, followed by Dec. 4 rematch with T.C. Roberson, whom they dropped a 6-point decision to on opening night. They turn around to host West Henderson on the road on Wednesday night. Senior Noah Moore was averaging 25 points per game through two starts.

Owen senior Noah Moore dropped 38 points for the Warhorse in a 73-67 loss against Roberson in the Warhorses' 2018-19 home opener on Nov. 27.

The Warlassies are 0-3 to start the season, despite 28.3 points and 9.5 rebound per game from senior Chesney Gardner.

Sophomore Hannah Fortson is second on the team with a dozen rebounds