Dec. 13 Swannanoa Valley Sports Report

Tom Flynn
Special To The Black Mountain News
The Warren Wilson Owls improved to 5-7 with consecutive wins over Regent University and Clinton College on Nov. 30 and Dec. 5, respectively.


The Warren Wilson Owls women’s basketball team was 3-9 through 12 games as of Dec. 7. Danasia Dumas leads the Owls and was averaging 24.2 games and shooting 85% from the free throw line. Sophomore Danielle Hinkelman is the team’s second-leading scorer with a 6.7 ppg average.

The Montreat Cavaliers’ women’s team dropped a 64-57 decision to Milligan College on Dec. 5. The Buffalos were a perfect 9-0 after the win and ranked #25 in the NAIA’s Division II. The Cavs (5-6) held a 23-18 halftime lead and until the game’s final moments threatened an upset.

"With the exception of a couple of mental letdowns defensively and not valuing the basketball, I think our team played well tonight. We will continue to focus on improving the small details that will allow us to close out games," said Montreat head coach Tim Lewis in assessing the game.

Earlier in the week, Montreat defeated Brenau University (Ga.), 55-47. The Cavs were paced in that game by 13 from their leading scorer, senior Jala Daniels.

In men’s basketball, Warren Wilson moved to an overall 5-7 mark with consecutive wins over Regent University (Va.) and Clinton College (S.C.). They faced NCAA Division I Tennessee Tech in an exhibition on Dec. 6 before turning around to play Trinity Baptist College (Fla.) on Dec. 8. The Owls are paced by Jordan Gant, who had a 24.3 ppg average through 12 games. Sophomore guard Brent Davis is second on the team in scoring with a 13.2 ppg average.  

Montreat’s men’s basketball team earned a key 73-63 win over Milligan College on Dec. 5. The Cavs had dropped two straight and the victory over the Buffs on the road was critical in halting the streak and capturing a conference win over their primary rival. With the victory, the Cavs were 6-1 in seven AAC starts this season.

High Schools

The Owen Warhorses basketball team convincingly turned the tables on T.C. Roberson last week when they defeated the Rams, 56-34, in Asheville. Owen had dropped their opener to Roberson at home, but earned their first win of the 2018-2019 season in the rematch. Noah Moore leads the team with an 18.4 ppg average and had 38 in the original matchup against the Rams.

After five games, the Warhorses were 1-4 and were slated to face Pisgah at home on Dec. 11.