Chowan basketball teams drop two games to Virginia State

Published 10:08 am Friday, February 10, 2017

by Frank A. Davis

It wasn’t a good day in basketball for the Chowan University Hawks and Lady Hawks as the Trojans and Lady Trojans of Virginia State swooped downed into Carolina and carried back to Virginia two CIAA games. Playing on the campus of Chowan University on Wednesday, it was the ninth annual Play4Kay CU Hawks Cancer Awareness game.

The campus welcomed all cancer survivors to the Helms Center to celebrate their achievement over cancer. A special welcome was given to Tracy Grant of Franklin to be the honorary ball tosser and lead the survivor walk during the half time of the women’s game.

The Lady Hawks, after being up 27-26 at the half, saw the Lady Trojans have a good third quarter with 25 points to pull ahead 51-35 by the end.

Although the score was tied three times during the game and had five lead changes, the Lady Trojans fought back a comeback by the Lady Hawks to claim a 75-62 win.

The Lady Hawks had three players in double figures. They were Mariah Coker with 15 points; Dhuamond Crenshaw with 12 points; and Jordan Payne with 10 points.

For the Lady Trojans, they had four players in double figures. They were Nandi Taylor with 25 points, Joy Hickman with 17 points, Endia McKinney with 15 points and Taylor Daniels with 10 points.

For the game against the Trojans, the Hawks were in control for the majority of the game and were easily up 33-27 at the half.

Early in the second half the Hawks went up with as much as 10 points, but the Trojans continued a slow comeback. With 7:56 remaining in the game the Trojans eased ahead 44-43. The Hawks tied the game at 45 and 47 all. But after that last tie the Trojans held the lead for the rest of the game to take a 62-56 win over the Hawks.

The Hawks had three players in double figures. Leading in scoring were Kevin Kuteyi with 16 points: Marco Haskins with 14 points; and Joe Goodwin with 11 points.

Richard Granberry was the only Trojan in double figures at 23 points.