↑ Victory Christian: Kings ended United Faith’s 17-game, 2 1/2-year win streak in the N.C. Independent Southern Piedmont conference Tuesday with a decisive 60-45 win fueled by hot 3-point shooting. Coach Johm Gool’s team will be a factor in the 2A playoffs along with Davidson Day and Northside Christian, among area teams. United Faith will play in the 1A division.
↑ Victory Christian concessions: Where else can you go to a high school basketball game and get Philly Cheesesteaks that make your mouth water or fried chicken sandwiches that put Chick-Fil-A to shame? And did I mention hot wings spicy enough to make you down two bottles of water? Easily the best in game grub – still, after all these years – in the state of North Carolina.
↑ Patrick Tape’, Queens Grant: 21 points, 15 rebounds, 10 blocks against Union Academy Tuesday – a triple-double.
↑ Devonte Fuller, Hickory: Followed up a 49-point performance Friday with 40 points in a 62-50 win over Hibriten Tuesday.
Tuesday’s Top Boys Performers
Collin Cooper, Ardrey Kell: 17 points in a 67-52 win over rival South Meck. He was one of four Knights in double figures – Steven Santa Ana (15), Devin Cooper (11) and Markel Pollard (12).
DJ Cunningham, Cherryville: 30 points in a 76-66 loss to Thomas Jefferson.
Torin Dorn, Vance: 24 points, five assists in a 59-58 overtime loss to Hough.
Matthew Fisher-Davis, Butler: 30 points in a one-point win over arch rival Independence. Fisher-Davis, a 6-foot-5 wing going to Vanderbilt, outscored Independence 14-12 in the fourth quarter. Fisher-Davis made several 3-point shots from beyond the NBA line and made seven 3-pointers in all. He made two 3-point shots in the final minute. The last one, a turn-around from the corner with 8.4 seconds left, gave his team the win.
Deion Lane, Independence: 20 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and four blocks in a one-point loss to arch rival Butler. Teammate Tayon Gleaves had 18 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Luke Maye, Hough: 30 points for major-college recruit in a 59-58 overtime win over Vance.
Jonathan Paramore, Charlotte United: 31 points in a 89-74 win at Flora Macdonald in Fayettevile. Teammate Michael Baez added 26.
Tryle Poindexter, East Meck: 27 points in a big 67-61 upset of rival Myers Park. East outscored the Mustangs 22-17 in the fourth quarter and 40-31 in the second half. Jaylen McManus had 15 and Reggie Smith 11 for East.
Mark Sherrill, Hopewell: made 7-of-11 field goals to go with two assists and two steals in a 64-60 win over A.L. Brown. Sherrill finished with 16 points.
Tuesday’s Boys Roundup
No. 11 Berry 62, No. 1 Olympic 61: Berry rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter and ended Olympic’s 40-game home win streak. Berry (14-2, 7-0) outscored Olympic 25-14 in the fourth quarter and maintained a one-game lead over Ardrey Kell (13-4, 6-1) in the SoMeck 8 standings. Olympic (15-2, 5-2) had its 37-game overall win streak snapped last month against Ardrey Kell. The Trojans lost another win streak -- eight games -- on Tuesday.
Robinson 79, No. 6 West Charlotte 61: West Charlotte outscored Robinson 24-9 in the first quarter. Robinson outscored West Charlotte 24-7 in the second and 26-13 in the third to string together a surprising come-from-behind upset. Freshman Lavar Batts led Robinson with 19 points.
No. 2 Hough 59, Vance 58 OT: Hough avoided a big upset and remained in first place in the MECKA 8 conference. The game was tight the entire time. It was 26-25 Hough at halftime. Vance’s Bryson Rankin had 13 points and five rebounds. Myles Dorn added 15 points for the Cougars.
No. 3 North Mecklenburg 71, Mallard Creek 46: CJ Bryce had 27 points, Taj Middleton had 18 and Jahmeel Watts 10 in an easy win. North Meck limited Mallard Creek’s Terrance Durham to nine points. Durham averages more than 20. The Vikings defense held Mallard Creek to only 17 points in the second and third quarters.
No. 8 Shelby 87, Chase 48: Clemson signee Gabe DeVoe had 36 points in an easy win. Shelby led 34-10 after the first quarter and 57-26 at half.
Cannon 58, Charlotte Christian 43: Phillip Jewel’s 18 points led Cannon to a big home win over Christian (6-16). Jonathan Green and Lucas Anderson had 13 each for Cannon (15-8). Trey Phills led Christian with 26.
Note: Tuesday’s Rocky River at Porter Ridge doubleheader was postponed. The teams play Wednesday (1/22).
Tuesday’s Top Girls Performers
Brittany Autry, Parkwood: 28 points, 15 rebonds in a 69-67 win over Monroe. Teammate Emry Tsitouris (21 points, 16 rebounds) also had a big game.
Sarah Billiard, Covenant Day: 18 points, 11 rebounds in a 50-33 win over Gaston Christian.
Kiana Davis, Hickory Ridge: scored her 1,000th career point in Tuesday’s 56-44 loss to Cox Mill. Davis is the only girls’ player in school history to reach the milestone.
Madi Suddreth, Alexander Central: 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting in a 71-48 over North Iredell. Suddreth also had eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal.
Stephanie Watts, Weddington: 25 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists in an 80-42 win over Piedmont. Freshman teammate Remi Roberts had 15 points and 18 rebounds.
Tuesday’s Girls Roundup
No. 1 Myers Park 66, East Meck 27: Rydeiah Rogers had 23 points and Aliyah Mazyck 21 to lead the nationally ranked Mustangs, who improved to 17-1. In the first, second and the fourth quarters combined, the Mustangs allowed 16 points.
North Mecklenburg 47, No. 7 Mallard Creek 44 OT: Mallard Creek jumped three spots in the Sweet 16 to No. 7 Tuesday morning, but was upset by North Meck Tuesday night. Destiny Barrino had 14 points to lead the Vikings. Kayla Brown led Mallard Creek with 15 points.
Hough 64, Vance 40: Hough broke open a tight game by outscoring Vance 18-8 in the second quarter and 19-5 in the third. Kelsey Dean led Hough with 21 points. Anna Diggs (13) and Julia Brown (11) were also in double figures. Desinty Reed had 27 to lead the Cougars.
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