Miller scores 21 in loss

South Caldwell’s Olivia Miller, shown here in action from earlier this season, scored 21 points in the Spartans’ loss at Freedom on Tuesday.

Olivia Miller scored 21 points to pace South Caldwell in Tuesday’s game against Freedom, but the Patriots outscored the Spartans 15-5 in the first quarter and maintained that lead throughout the game, handing South Caldwell a 53-43 Northwest Conference loss.

Kenley Jackson scored nine points for the Spartans (4-5), followed by Katlyn Wynn with eight points. Faith Curtis added three points, and Kylie Heavener finished with two.

South Caldwell is scheduled to host McDowell on Friday. The boys’ game against Freedom was postponed because the Patriots are in quarantine. The Spartans’ boys will visit Alexander Central for a nonconference matchup on Friday with the Feb. 19 game at Alexander Central being the originally scheduled conference game.

In other girls basketball action on Tuesday, Bunker Hill defeated Hibriten 39-29. The Panthers’ record stands at 4-6 with Fred T. Foard visiting tonight. The Panthers’ boys are scheduled to return from quarantine on Feb. 16.

On the boys’ side, West Caldwell swept its season series with Bunker Hill thanks to a 54-50 win Tuesday in Claremont. The Warriors (4-2) will visit West Iredell tonight. There will be no girls’ games because West Iredell’s JV and varsity squads are quarantined.

Swimming

Hibriten’s girls took a 16th place finish at the 1A/2A West Regional in Lincolnton last Friday.

Individually, Jack Hillis placed 11th in the boys’ 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:09.83 and finished 10th in the 500-yard freestyle with a mark of 6:08.49. Cassidy Lowe finished fifth in the girls’ 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:27.03, and she placed 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:18.20. West Caldwell’s Zoie Miller swam the 50-yard freestyle in 27.19 seconds to place 10th.

The Panthers’ girls 400-yard freestyle relay team of Jordan Schlageter, Laci McPeak, Anna Reid and Lowe placed 10th thanks to a mark of 4:40.95; Hibriten also took a 10th-place finish in the boys 400 freestyle relay. Evan Van Horn, JT Goudas, Josh Holt and Hillis finished the race in 4:08.54.

Local radio station releases football coverage schedule

KICKS 103.3 FM announces its spring high school football radio broadcast schedule for the 2021 season.

The KICKS sports team consists of play-by-play voice David Jones, analyst Jeff Link and executive producer Justin Carlton.

Coverage begins Feb. 26 with Watauga at South Caldwell, followed West Caldwell at Hibriten on March 5, West Iredell at West Caldwell on March 12, South Caldwell at Freedom on March 19, South Caldwell at Hickory on March 26, East Burke at Fred T. Foard on Thursday, April 1 and concluding with Hibriten at Patton on April 9.

Games are subject to change without notice and may be changed to accommodate schedule changes by schools due to COVID-related issues.

Radio coverage is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by kickoff at 7 p.m. for the spring 2021 season.

Local Colleges Women’s Basketball Cobras 71, Patriots 60

Kaitlin Brock and Pasiko Gvichiani scored 17 points apiece to lead Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute to a win over Patrick Henry on Tuesday.

Amiya Randles and Amaja Mack scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, while Nikya Lynch added six. Mikayla Hill finished with five points, and Amaya Adams had four for the Cobras (4-2).

CCC&TI will play at 6 p.m., Friday at Central Carolina.