WWAY's Thursday night sports - Jan. 31
 

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) - We've posted scores from Thursday night high school basketball below.

EAST COLUMBUS GIRLS 56 - FAIRMONT 38

ST. PAULS BOYS 67 - WEST COLUMBUS 58

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- William and Mary built a 12-point cushion late in the game and survived a furious comeback by UNCW for a 63-61 Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball victory Thursday night at Trask Coliseum.

The Tribe avenged a nine-point loss to the Seahawks on Jan. 8 in Williamsburg and improved to 5-15 overall and 3-5 in the CAA with their third straight victory. The

Seahawks lost for the fifth consecutive game and fell to 2-16 and 1-6.

Senior guard Taylor Hilton led three W&M players in double figures with 15 points. Senior forward Emily Correal added 12 points and senior guard Janine Aldridge netted 11.

Senior forward Karneshia Garrett scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for her second straight double-double and her sixth of the season. Senior guard Tawanna Lee added 13 points, junior guard Jessica Freeman scored 12 and freshman guard Dana Brown finished with 11 as UNCW featured four in double digits for the first time this season.

After the Tribe went up by 12 points with 6:39 remaining, the Seahawks sliced the lead to four points with one minute left and W&M missed the front end of two one-and-one situations to leave the door open.

Freeman then drained a triple from the right corner with 37 seconds on the clock, but W&M worked the clock down and rebounded a miss by Aldridge with one second remaining. Reserve MacKenzie Morgan then made the second of two free throws to end the game.

W&M started the second half strong by making five of their first seven shots to regain the lead. Sophomore playmaker Anna Kestler opened the half going 3-of-4 from the field and a pair of free throws by Correal at 10:21 gave the Tribe a 50-44 edge.

The Seahawks, meanwhile, struggled from the field early in the second half, shooting 5-of-16 and missing five three-point attempts as W&M took control.

A jump shot by forward Kaitlyn Mathieu with 7:25 left gave the Tribe its biggest lead of the half, 58-46, before UNCW made its final push.

UNCW went into the locker room with a one point lead over the Tribe, 33-32, after posting its highest output of the season in the opening period. Lee led the Seahawks in scoring with 11 points in the first half, while the team shot 6-of-9 from the free throw line. The Tribe ended the first half going 11-of-38 from the field.

After taking an early 4-3 lead with 17:13 left in the opening half, the Tribe went cold, shooting 4-of-20 from the field and 1-of-7 beyond the arc. The Seahawks capitalized on the W&M shooting woes with a 9-0 run to build a 20-9 advantage.

W&M fought back to go ahead, 32-28, but Lee sank a trey and Brown made two free throws to give the Seahawks a slim 33-32 lead at the break.. .

UNCW is on the road for its next game at Old Dominion on Sunday, playing a televised contest at 3 p.m. in Norfolk, Va. W&M entertains James Madison on Sunday in a 2 p.m. tip.

GAME NOTES: W&M leads the all-time series, 31-29…The Tribe dominated on the glass by a wide 54-37 margin…W&M had 26 second-chance points…Garrett now has 13 career double-doubles…Each team had eight triples…The W&M bench contributed 14 points…Freeman led the Seahawks with three assists and five steals…Garrett added three blocks to her stat line…Correal dished out seven assists for the Tribe…Two W&M players – Mathieu (11) and Correal (10) – reached double digits in rebounding.

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ (AP) - Phil Mickelson missed out on a 59 by a fraction of an inch Thursday in the Phoenix Open.

Mickelson had a chance to become only the sixth player in PGA Tour history to break 60 with a 25-foot birdie attempt on his last hole, the par-4 ninth at the TPC Scottsdale. The putt looked good all the way, and Mickelson pointed his putter at the cup as he prepared to celebrate.

Right at the end, though, the ball caught the right edge of the cup, curled 180 degrees to the other side of the hole and stayed out.

His caddie, Jim Mackay, fell to his knees and stayed there several seconds.

Mickelson had to settle for the course record, which he previously set in the Phoenix Open eight years ago.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) --- The Wilmington Hammerheads have officially announced the signing of three veteran players for the 2013 USL PRO season. Hammerheads players Paul Nicholson, Gareth Evans, and Mark Briggs will all be returning onto the pitch at Legion Stadium this year as they look to surpass a successful 2012 season.

Hammerheads midfielder Paul Nicholson and defender Gareth Evans have both been under the direction of Head Coach David Irving since the team’s return to USL PRO in 2011. Both have helped lead the Hammerheads into USL PRO playoffs each year on the squad, appearing in the quarterfinals in 2011 and then succeeding to the finals in September 2012.

Nicholson appeared in 20 matches during the 2012 regular season; totaling one goal and two assists. Evans played in 22 matches; earning one goal.

The upcoming 2013 USL PRO season will also be midfielder Mark Briggs’ third season appearance with the Wilmington Hammerheads. He returns not only as a player, but also continuing his role of Assistant Coach to Irving as they travel to combines and plan for the approaching regular season.

Briggs appeared in 20 regular season matches in 2012; totaling one goal and two assists.

“I’m glad that we can keep players of this stature on the team and with their experience in the league,” Irving said. “All three players have leadership qualities that will surely be noticed and that is a good foundation to build from when beginning a new season.”

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