↑ Lake Norman defense: Lake Norman, No. 2 in the Sweet 16, ran its record to 6-0 with a 56-32 win against Alexander Central. Lake Norman held Alexander Central to 10 points in the first half and only three in the second quarter. David Scott (17 points) and Kishawn Pritchett (15) led Lake Norman.
↑ West Charlotte defense: Lions beat Mallard Creek 73-39 Friday and held the Mavericks to 24 points in the first three quarters. Isiah Blackmon led the Lions (4-2) with 18 points.
↑ Sophie Rossitch, Charlotte Catholic: Girls star scored 35 points in a 67-32 win over Berry. She scored her 1,000th point in the game.
↑ Jake Hackworth, Austin Dasent, Myers Park: Combined to shoot 7-for-10 from 3-point range in a Southwestern 4A conference win over Rocky River Friday.
↑ Sun Valley: Beat Porter Ridge 75-61 Friday to win its third straight, each by an average of 11 points. In the past two games, Sun Valley has had four double figure scorers. Friday it was Dequan Moody (13), Malcolm Cumberbatch (21), Jimmy Hudgens (18) and Jay Rowell (11).
Friday’s Top Boys Performers
Collin Cooper, Ardrey Kell: Hit career-high five 3-pointers in a 67-49 win against West Mecklenburg. Cooper finished with 24 points for the Knights (7-1). Steven Santa Ana added 18.
Josh Brodowicz, Charlotte Catholic: 20 points in a 63-53 loss to Berry.
D eion Lane, Independence: 28 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals in a 66-61 win against East Mecklenburg.
Malik McCormick, Lake Norman Charter: 19 points, 10 rebounds in a 54-47 win against Gastonia’s Forestview High.
Desean Murray, Northside Christian: 10 points, 11 rebounds in an easy 101-49 win against Hickory Grove for the nationally ranked Knights (7-0). Lysander Bracey led the Knights with 16 points. James Demery (14), Davon Bell (14), Keyshawn Woods (11) and Rayjon Tucker (11) were also in double digits.
Brandon Campbell, The Fletcher School: 36 points in a win Friday.
Darryl White, Harding: 28 points in a 76-62 win against South Mecklenburg.
Lucas Anderson, Cannon: 10 assists in a 74-37 win against Metrolina Christian. He had seven points.
Luke Lawson, Grace Academy: Set school record with 40 points in a 83-70 loss to Crossroad Charter.
Friday’s Boys Roundup
Butler 71, Garinger 67: Montavius Hancock had an outstanding game for Garinger (2-6, 0-1 Southwestern 4A) as the Wildcats nearly pulled off a big upset in overtime over Butler (4-3, 1-0). Hancock finished with 30 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Butler got 25 points from Giavonni Mack, 20 from Matthew Fisher-Davis and 14 from Raequan Scott. The Bulldogs have won four straight.
Myers Park 70, Rocky River 41: Myers Park used a big first half to spark an easy win. The Mustangs (7-2, 1-0) led 33-17 at halftime. Austin Dasent had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Mustangs. Jake Hackworth added 13 points and five assists. As a team, Myers Park had 20 assists and only seven turnovers.
East Burke 61, Burns 50: East Burke improved to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the South Mountain conference behind 17 points from Alex Kelly and 15 from Larry Clark. East Burke led 41-12 at halftime but was outscored 17-4 in the third quarter as Burns (3-3, 1-2) got close. Joe Wilson led Burns with 16 points.
Independence 66, East Mecklenburg 61: Despite a furious fourth quarter rally by East Meck, Independence held on for the win in the Southwestern 4A opener for both teams. East Meck, which lost its fifth straight, outscored Independence 26-19 in the fourth quarter behind 20 points from Tryle Poindexter.
Robinson 70, Vance 61: 6-5 junior Connor Boothe had 26 points to lead Robinson to the road win. Vance (2-5, 0-1 MECKA 8) got 21 points, 10 rebounds from Charlotte recruit Torin Dorn. Myles Dorn, Torin’s younger brother, had 11 for the Cougars, who also got 11 from Bryson Rankin.
Arden Christ School 47, Providence Day 46: A controversial call at the end of the game gave Christ School the win. A player was awarded a tip-in that appeared to come after the final buzzer sounded. Jorda Watkins led the Chargers with 13 points. Alec Wnuk had 20 for Christ School. Providence Day fell to 8-2.
Friday’s Top Girls Performers
Rydeiah Rogers, Myers Park: 22 points, 16 rebounds in a 75-53 win against Rocky River. Myers Park is 9-0.
Myicha Drakeford, Harding: 37 points in a 88-72 win against South Meck. Teammate Brianna Hamrick added 23.
Jada Craig, Weddington: 23 points, five assists and five steals in a big win against previously unbeaten Union County rival Parkwood.
Kerstie Phills, Charlotte Christian: 23 points in a 55-19 win over High Point Christian.
Meghan Fleury, Providence: 23 points, on 10-for-15 shooting, in a 57-42 win against Olympic. Fleury also had 16 rebounds. Teammate Michaela Daniels had 12 points, six steals and six assists.
Kyleigh McLendon, Albemarle: 31 points in a 75-50 win against East Montgomery. McLendon made 12-of-25 field goal attempts, including shooting 5-for-10 from 3-point range. She also had four rebounds and five steals. Teammate Akela Branch had 26 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks.
Eleah Parker, Northside Christian: 19 points, 22 rebounds, 10 steals, 10 blocks in a 67-33 win against Hickory Grove. Teammate Ja’yon Leak had 17 points, 10 assists, nine steals and eight rebounds.
Ezinne Mbamalu, Lake Norman Charter: 22 points, 21 rebounds, eight blocks in a 68-41 win against Forestview.
Zhamya Wills, East Mecklenburg: 16 points, 12 rebounds in a 72-35 win over Independence. Jayla Horton had 18 points, six steals and four assists.
Friday’s Girls Roundup
Weddington 69, Parkwood 48: Weddington (7-2) handed Parkwood (7-1) its first loss of the season and won its sixth straight. Junior Stephanie Watts, an All-American, had 16 for Weddington. Parkwood got 20 points and 16 rebounds from Emry Tsitouris. A decisive 22-15 fourth quarter was the difference for Weddington.
Robinson 54, Vance 41: An 18-8 third quarter spurt gave Robinson the win against MECKA 8 conference rival Vance. Robinson improved to 6-1. Maya Scott led Robinson with 16 points and Syndi Bickford added 11.
West Charlotte 63, Mallard Creek 53: Rachel Porter had 22 points to a big win. Jessica Gaston had 17 points and 14 rebounds. Iman Donaldson had 13 rebounds and four blocks. West Charlotte opened the game up with a 26-16 third quarter. Chantel Williams led Mallard Creeek with 21.
Charlotte Christian at SouthLake Christian
Gaston Day at Northside Christian
Grace Academy at New Hope Christian
Hunter Huss at Nation Ford
New Covenant at Victory Christian
Olympic at Ben L. Smith
St. Josephs (SC) at Charlotte Catholic
Blythewood at Rock Hill
Fort Mill at River Bluff
Hunter Huss at Nation Ford
St. Josephs (SC) at Charlotte Catholic
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