↑ Rocky River: Had a special ceremony during Friday’s winter homecoming game with rival Independence to honor 14-year-old freshman Tierra Warren, who was killed in a car accident this week. “Watch over us, baby girl, especially your brother,” one student tweeted after the incident. “Rest easy.”
↑ Jonah Hood, Hopewell: Game-winning shot at the buzzer in 58-56 win over Vance Friday.
↑ Daurice Simpson, York: 27 points, six assists, five rebounds and two assists in a win over rival Clover Friday.
↓ York free throw shooting: York beat Clover 66-54 but only made 17-of-36 free throw attempts.
Friday’s Top Boys Performers
LaVar Batts, Robinson: freshman point guard had 24 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals in a 77-63 loss to Mallard Creek.
Austin Dasent, Myers Park: 29 points in a win against Garinger. Dasent made 14-of-17 free throws and he had seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Devonte Fuller, Hickory: 49 points, on 14-of-25 shooting, in a 86-80 win over Watauga in overtime. Fuller, an unsigned senior, made 17-of-20 free throws.
Ken Gorham, Mallard Creek: 14 rebounds and five points against Robinson. Terrance Durham had a team-high 20 points.
Deion Lane, Independence: 18 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, four steals in a 73-65 win over rival Rocky River.
Nolan Nelson, Providence: 19 points in a 70-67 upset win over rival South Meck.
Blake Waud, Weddington: 16 points, 18 rebounds in 75-62 win over Anson Senior.
Friday’s Boys Roundup
Providence 70, South Meck 67: Providence led 42-33 at halftime and withstood a big South rally in the second half. Dalen Dotson (17 points), Drake Deiluis (13) and Jack King (13) had big games for Providence (3-14, 1-5 SoMeck 8). Providence has won three games this season after winning only five in the previous two. South Meck (5-10, 2-4) got 15 points from Khayleb Connelly.
No. 13 Ardrey Kell 80, Charlotte Catholic 52: Steven Santa Ana had a team-high 21 points. Three other Knights hit double-figures: Rhyle Scott (14), Devin Cooper (13) and Collin Cooper (12).
Charlotte Latin 56, Country Day 53: Jack Friddle hit the game-winning 3-point at the buzzer as Charlotte Latin (14-4, 1-0 CISAA) avoided a huge upset. Michael White had 17 for Country Day (10-11, 1-1).
No. 1 Olympic 61, Harding 59: Olympic narrowly avoided a big upset after trailing 30-25 at halftime. CJ Jackson (28 points) and Malik Constantine (16) led the Trojans. Darryl White had 23 for Harding.
Friday’s Top Girls Performers
Maya Caldwell, Davidson Day: 27 points in a 59-34 win over High Point Central.
Ali Fitch, South Meck: Season-high 26 points for sophomore guard in a tough 46-44 win over Providence. Providence’s Chi Chi Maduegbunam had 11 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.
Desiree Newman, Charlotte United: 20 points, 16 rebounds in a 44-33 loss to Arborbrook Christian.
Rachel Porter, West Charlotte: 28 points, 10 steals, four assists, four rebounds in 73-63 win over AL Brown. Jessica Gaston had 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Emry Tsitouris, Parkwood: 32 points, 21 rebounds, eight assists in 71-40 win over Forest Hills. Teammate Brittany Autry had 20 points and 17 rebounds. Tsitouris scored her 1,500th point in the game.
Stephanie Watts, Weddington: 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in a 51-42 upset of Anson Senior.
Friday’s Girls Roundup
Hough 62, North Meck 56: The Huskies (13-2, 5-1) remained in first place in the MECKA 8, rallying from 18-0 to start the game. North Mecklenburg (9-7, 3-2) lost a chance to take over first place. Hough’s Kelsey Dean had 20 points and Julia Brown had 17.
Porter Ridge 53, East Meck 50: Kara Cunningham made two free throws with 17 seconds left to give her team its final winning margin.
No. 6 Providence Day 54, Cannon 33: The Chargers (17-2, 2-0 CISAA) took early control of the conference behind 25 points from Jatarie White and 17 from Janelle Bailey.
No. 5 Lake Norman Charter 52, North Gaston 44: Alex Busch had 24 points, 12 rebounds and four steals for Lake Norman Charter (14-1, 6-0). North Gaston outscored Lake Norman Charter 20-10 in the fourth quarter. Kendal Cloninger had 15 for North Gaston (8-6, 3-4)
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