↑ Ardrey Kell: No Olympic hangover after blowing out the former Sweet 16 No. 1 Olympic Trojans on Tuesday. The Knights went to Harding – one of the toughest places to play in Mecklenburg County – and got a double-digit win (62-51) Thursday night.
↑ Mooresville: After an 0-4 start, the Blue Devils have won three of four games after Thursday’s 56-50 win over Alexander Central.
↑ Lake Norman: Moved to No. 1 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll for the first time in three years Thursday afternoon. Thursday night, Lake Norman beat South Iredell 83-54. No jinx.
↑ Cherryville: Improved to 8-0 with a 78-64 win over Pine Lake Prep. DJ Cunningham had 29 points for Cherryville, which will host the Bud Black/Dennis Tate Holiday Classic in Cherryville from Dec. 27-30.
Thursday’s Top Girls Performers
Ali Fitch, South Mecklenburg: 18 points, eight assists in a 60-46 win over West Mecklenburg. Kelcia Ruff had 20 for West Meck.
Meghan Fleury, Providence: Got her seventh double-double in 10 games, with 15 points and 10 rebounds against Berry on Thursday.
Jessica Gaston, West Charlotte: 28 points, 20 rebounds in a 69-62 overtime win over Vance.
McKenna Haire, Myers Park: Freshman had 12 points off the bench in the Mustangs’ 66-30 win at Butler. Teammates Aliyah Mazyck (19), Rydeiah Rogers (11) and Saadia Timpton (10) also had strong games for the Mustangs (10-0).
Mahaley Holit, Central Cabarrus: Freshman point guard had 26 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals in a 54-37 win over South Rowan. Teammate Elanna Peay, also a freshman, had 12 points, 15 rebounds, 10 steals and two blocks, earning a triple-double.
Kelsie Rhyne, Madi Suddreth, Alexander Central: Rhyne had 21 points and Suddreth 18 as Alexander Central, No. 14 in the Observer’s Sweet 16, overwhelmed Mooresville 69-31.
Thursday’s Girls Roundup
No. 6 Ardrey Kell 87, No. 11 Harding 59: Ardrey Kell outscored Harding, the two-time N.C. 3A state champ, 30-8 in the second quarter. That opened up a huge lead and led to a surprisingly easy win in a meeting of two of the area’s top teams. Ardrey Kell (7-3, 3-0 SoMeck 8) got balanced scoring from Marshae Bradbury (15 points), Erin Whalen (13), Raven Dean (12) and Jordan Muhammad (10). Myicha Drakeford had 21 for Harding (6-3, 1-1).
Berry 57, Providence 47: The Cardinals outscored Providence 22-13 in the fourth quarter to escape with a tough win. Berry (3-5, 1-1 SoMeck 8) got 26 points from Ra’Shika White. Providence (3-7, 1-2) got 17 points, seven steals and six assists from Michaela Daniels.
Porter Ridge 61, Garinger 36: Porter Ridge (6-1, 2-0 Southwestern 4A) won its fourth straight game. Porter Ridge held Garinger to single-digit scoring in three of the four quarters. Shaigna Wentz led Porter Ridge with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Shadasia Murray had 12 for Garinger.
Thursday’s Top Boys Performers
C.J. Bryce, North Mecklenburg: 24 points in 68-50 win over Hopewell. North Meck (9-1, 2-1 MECKA 8), No. 6 in the Observer’s Sweet 16, bounced back from a double-digit loss at rival West Charlotte on Tuesday.
Terrance Durham, Mallard Creek: 33 points, including 9-of-11 from the free throw line, against No. 2 Hough Thursday. It was Durham’s third 30-point performance of the season.
Montavius Hancock, Garinger: 37 points, 11 rebounds against Porter Ridge Thursday. Porter Ridge’s D’Andre Dennis had 20 in a 81-75 win.
Kurt Richter, Mooresville: 25 points, on 7-for-19 3-point shooting, in a 56-50 win over Alexander Central.
Thursday’s Boys Roundup
No. 2 Hough 60, Mallard Creek 55: Going into the fourth quarter, Hough (8-1, 3-0 MECKA 8) was down 34-28 but rallied behind 14 points each from Theo Mack and Tucker Thompson. Junior all-state star Luke Maye added 11. Mallard Creek (5-4, 1-2) led 26-13 at halftime.
No. 3 West Charlotte 67, Vance 63: The Lions narrowly avoided the upset, getting 15 points from 6-7 junior center Simeon Carter and 13 points from Malik Massey. The Lions were down 31-30 at halftime and led by one point after three quarters. Vance’s Torin Dorn had 20 points and six rebounds.
No. 7 Ardrey Kell 62, Harding 51: Two days after beating then Sweet 16 No. 1 Olympic, Ardrey Kell got a tough win at Harding. The Knights, avoiding the letdown, got 16 points from junior guard Steven Santa Ana. Santa Ana scored 15 in the second half. Devin Cooper had 15 points and six assists and Collin Cooper had 12 points. Ardrey Kell improved to 9-1, 3-0 in the SoMeck 8. Darryl White, one of the area’s leading scorers, had 25 points, including four 3-point shots for Harding (4-4, 1-1).
Butler 74, No. 14 Myers Park 68: Butler (5-4, 2-1 Southwestern 4A) bounced back from Tuesday’s 62-55 loss to East Mecklenburg with an upset of Myers Park (7-3, 1-1). Giavonni Mack had 22 points, eight assists and five rebounds to leads the Bulldogs. Austin Dasent had 35 for Myers Park.
South Meck 52, West Meck 39: South Meck (2-7, 1-2 SoMeck 8) got 16 points from Grant Hedberg and 11 from Khayleb Connelly in the conference win. A 19-11 third quarter helped extend a 24-17 halftime lead. West Meck (2-6, 1-2) got 11 points and eight rebounds from Tyler Hudson.
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