Feb. 28 Swannanoa Valley Sports Report

Tom Flynn
Special to Black Mountain News
Danasia "Piggy" Dumas led the Warren Wilson College Owls in scoring this season with 24 points per game.


The Warren Wilson men’s basketball team ended their 2018-2019 campaign in the Eastern Metro Athletic Conference (EMAC) quarterfinals with a loss to the Apprentice School on Feb. 19. On the season, the Owls finished up at 12-18 overall. Leading scorers included Jordan Gant (24.9 points per game), Brent Davis, Jaquann Lockhart and Justin Storr. This season’s squad will be remembered for its prolific offense as the Owls scored over 100+ points on eight different occasions.

As of last Thursday, the Owls’ women’s team was 14-13 and heading into a Friday match against Johnson & Wales (N.C.) in the EMAC Tournament quarterfinals. Warren Wilson continues to be led by senior Danasia “Piggy” Dumas who averages 24 points-per-game.

In Kingsport, Tennessee, the Montreat Cavaliers’ women’s basketball team concluded its season with a 77-52 loss to number 12 Bryan College in the AAC Tournament. On the season, the Cavs nearly doubled up their wins from last year, going 13-17 overall after a 7-22 record in 2017-2018. It was the first full season under head coach Tim Lewis. Senior Darah DeWalt became the second team member to eclipse the 1,000 point in as many weeks when she past the storied threshold on February 16 at McAlister Gym.

On the men’s side, the Cavs stayed alive in the AAC Tournament the same night with a win over Columbia International (S.C.), 87-79. Senior Alonzo Mobley scored 27 points as the team continue to show diversity among its top scorers each game. The Cavs were set to face Milligan in the conference semi-finals last Friday night in Kingsport.

High Schools

The Owen Warhorses boys’ basketball team closed out their season with a loss in the Western Highlands Conference Tournament to Avery County. The Warhorses finished up with a 5-20 overall record. Senior Noah Moore hit the 1,000 point mark this year in leading the team with a 19.9 points per game average.

The Warlassies finished their season with an identical 5-20 record on the year. They bowed out of the conference tournament on Feb. 15 with a 65-38 loss to Madison. Chesney Gardner was the Valley’s top overall high school basketball scorer with a 26.4 points per game average and will attend USC Aiken in the fall.

The ACA Lions girls’ team went 11-12 this season after bowing out in the first round of the NCISAA 3A State Playoffs on Feb.14. The ACA boys’ team proved the top high school team in the Valley this year as they finished with a 19-13 overall record and advanced to the third round of the NCISAA 3A State Tournament before exiting on Feb. 16.