↑ Walter Aikens: Former Harding basketball, football and track star has been invited to the Senior Bowl, which is for top NFL prospects. The game is Jan. 25 (NFL Network, 4 p.m.). More than 500 former Senior Bowl players are on NFL rosters. Aikens is the fourth Liberty player to make the game. A three-time Big South all-conference player, Aikens – a 6-foot, 200-pound defensive back – led the team with 62 tackles. He also had three interceptions.
↑ Justice Rogers, Grace Academy: Monster game in Monday’s 59-52 loss to New Hope Christian: 15 points, 22 rebounds, five blocks.
↑ Desiree Newman, Charlotte United Christian: 2012-13 All-Mecklenburg pick had 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Warriors (3-9) in a 38-34 win against conference rival First Assembly Monroe. Newman scored her team’s final 10 points. Teammate Salem Cuthbertson had nine points, nine rebounds and eight steals.
↑ Shelby, Freedom, Olympic boys and Bandys girls: Shelby (2A), Freedom (3A) and Olympic (4A) sit atop the N.C. Preps media state basketball polls. Bandys girls are No. 1 in 2A.
↓ N.C. Prep media voters: Myers Park’s nationally ranked girls, who have beaten two nationally ranked teams this year, are No. 2 in N.C. 4A (#headscratching).
What’s On Tap
Gaston Day at United Faith, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: The Mecklenburg County game of the week features arch rivals who are almost always battling for conference supremacy. This year is no different. Gaston Day (12-8, 2-0) has two Division I recruits in guards Trevor Anderson and Derek McKnight, and center Troy Henderson has signed with Division I Mount St. Mary’s. Gaston Day has won four straight after a wicked early-season schedule. United Faith hasn’t lost a conference game in two years. The Falcons (13-5, 3-0) have won 16 straight league games under coach Muggsy Bogues.
Note: CMS schools were off Tuesday but return with a full slate of games Friday.
Top Girls Performers
Sarah Billiard, Covenant Day: 17 points, 17 rebounds in a 47-41 loss to SouthLake Christian.
Rachel Camp, East Rutherford: 35 points in an 81-22 win against Chase. East Rutherford led 40-6 after the first quarter. Emily Elgin added 17 for East Rutherford (11-2).
Amanda Dobner, Hickory Grove: Scored her 1,000th career point against First Assembly.
Leah Parker, Northside Christian: 14 points, 16 rebounds, 11 blocks in 73-16 win against Westminster Catawba. Teammate Ja’yon Leak had 20 points and 11 assists.
Madi Story, Bandys: Made 6 of 7 field goals and scored 14 points in a win against Bunker Hill. She added 10 assists.
Jatarie White, Providence Day: 20 points in 49-40 win against archrival Charlotte Christian.
Ariyana Williams, Freedom: 24 points in a 66-16 win against Hibriten. Freedom is 9-5, 4-1.
Greensboro Day 44, Davidson Day 24: Davidson Day got 12 points from Alexas Bradford but managed only two points in the first quarter, when the Patriots got down 10-2. Greensboro Day had another big spurt – 19-6 in the third quarter – to bust open the game.
Rock Hill South Pointe 64, Nation Ford 28: Cameron Davis had 13 points and 12 rebounds, T’Keia Williams had 14 points, Jacovia Cherry had 11 and Deoina Davis had four points and 14 rebounds to power South Pointe to an easy win. South Pointe led 18-5 after the first quarter and 31-12 at halftime.
SouthLake Christian 47, Covenant Day 41: Down 32-31 after three quarters, SouthLake pushed ahead of conference rival Covenant Day for the win, powered by three scorers in double figures – Asia Washington (10 points), Kianna Funderburk (14) and Giselle Verville (12).
No. 3 Bandys 78, Bunker Hill 19: Bandys took a 28-1 lead in the first quarter and led 44-9 at halftime. Bandys shot 55 percent from the field.
Top Boys Performers
Stephen Adams, Charlotte United: Six points in Tuesday’s 68-54 win against Kennedy Charter. He was honored for scoring 1,000 points during his junior and senior years.
Michael Baez, Charlotte United: 21 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds against Kennedy Charter. Che’ Bob had 20 points for Kennedy Charter.
Charles Minlend, Caleb Mercer, Concord First Assembly: Combined for 40 points in an 81-47 win against Hickory Grove. First Assembly is 17-3.
Desean Murray, Northside Christian: 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Knights, who beat Westminster Catawba 101-55.
Jordan Watkins, Providence Day: 27 points in a 68-56 win against rival Charlotte Christian. Christian’s Trey Phills had 29.
Northside Christian 101, Westminster Catawba 55: The Knights (17-1) moved up to No. 8 in USA Today’s national poll this week. Tuesday, Northside led 47-20 at halftime and got big games from Desean Murray (14 points, 12 rebounds), a Presbyterian commit, and St. Joseph’s recruit James Demery (22 points).
No. 7 Freedom 64, Hibriten 32: Freedom, the state’s top-ranked 3A team, ran out to a 23-5 lead and cruised. Jeron Hemphill had 22 points and Chris Bridges added 12 for the Patriots (14-0, 5-0). Hibriten fell to 6-5, 2-3. Freedom plays next Tuesday at St. Stephens.
Charlotte Latin 57, Lake Norman Charter 49: Rusty Reigel, a Davidson recruit, had 20 points to pace Latin (13-4). Lake Norman Charter (7-8) was outscored 17-12 in the fourth quarter.
Country Day 55, Cannon 44: The Bucs (10-10, 1-0) beat Cannon (14-7, 0-1) in the CISAA Conference opener for both teams. Country Day led 21-7 after the first quarter and went on to win behind 15 points from Michael White, 12 from Stukie Phillips and 11 from Michael Shields. Jarod Green had 14 for Cannon.
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