Hough High is more than measuring up against West Charlotte.
The Huskies won their third straight game against their MeCKa rival with a 55-46 victory on Friday at Waddell Academy. Hough (11-3, 5-0) made its case for moving up from second in the Sweet 16 by outscoring the No. 3 Lions (9-4, 4-1) 14-7 in the pivotal fourth quarter.
For us to show some resilience, to be on the road and three times be successful against one of the best teams in North Carolina the last couple of years is a great thing for Hough basketball, Huskies coach Justin Batts said.
Houghs big men, 6-foot-8 Luke Maye and 6-11 Tucker Thompson, were pivotal to the Huskies success. Maye paced Hough with a game-high 21 points despite being in foul trouble most of the second half while Thompson added 14 and Theo Mack 10. Equally important was their ability to control the lane against West Charlotte, which struggled to score in the paint for most of the game.
Austin Harris led West Charlotte with 13 points while Isiah Blackmon chipped in 11 for the Lions.
Hough was especially good on defense down the stretch, limiting West Charlotte to three free throws during the final six minutes to pull away after a 45-45 deadlock. Luke Maye scored the go-ahead goal on a three-point play with 5:12 left for a 48-45 lead and Hough expanded its advantage while frustrating the Lions from the perimeter.
I think they were rushed a little bit, and I think that had to do with the fact that instead of it being a two-point lead or three-point lead it was a four or five-point lead, Batts said. You start to rush things and feel like youve got to get it all back at one time.
The first half was tightly contested, with the largest lead going to four points before West Charlotte took a 26-25 advantage at the break on Harris dunk just before the horn. Harris led the Lions with 11 points, including seven in the second quarter, while Maye set the tone for Hough with 12.
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