HUNTERSVILLE Trey Foster provided the spark West Charlotte High needed to grab second place in the MECKA 4A.
The senior point guard pumped in nine of his 12 points in the fourth quarter on Monday to lift the Lions to a 66-58 victory at North Mecklenburg for a regular-season sweep. West Charlotte (14-5, 8-2) broke a tie with the Vikings for second in the conference behind unbeaten Hough, with Foster taking on a major role with four field goals in the final quarter. He scored on three straight possessions to give the Lions a 58-47 lead with 3 minutes, 18 seconds left.
“I just did what I could to help my team out,” Foster said. “It’s a game of runs. They made a run, we had to make a run, and I just tried to help my team out.”
Isiah Blackmon and Simeon Carter also scored 12 points each for West Charlotte. North Mecklenburg’s C.J. Boyce led all scorers with 17 points, including 11 in the third quarter. Davion Mintz tossed in 13 and Jay Middleton added 10 for the Vikings (16-3, 7-3).
West Charlotte, which breezed by North 77-54 on Dec. 17, was on the verge of another blowout in the first half when the Lions’ defense was brought to bear. Carter, the Lions’ 6-7 center, altered shots in the lane and West Charlotte led 32-12 four minutes before recess and took a 37-20 lead into halftime. But North cut down on its mistakes and became more efficient on offense, slicing the deficit to 44-39 at the end of the third on a Boyce basket.
“They’re a very good team,” Foster said. “They made a run and we had to make our run. Luckily, our run was last.”
Foster sparked that effort by scoring eight of West Charlotte’s first 14 points in the fourth to give the Lions enough breathing space to withstand a final North Mecklenburg charge. The Vikings pulled to within 60-56 on a pair of Jahmel Watts free throws with 1:06 left, but West Charlotte connected on 4-of-8 free throws to maintain its advantage.
“Whoever got it, just attack the basket, know what shots to take, what shots not to take” Foster said. “Our shot selection was real important at that time of the game, and we just executed the best we could.”
West Charlotte got its transition game into gear early, running out to a 23-9 advantage at the end of the first quarter. The Lions’ defense set the stage by converting nine North turnovers into 11 points during that span, with Carter and A.J. Harris combining for 12 points over the first eight minutes. Harris finished with nine points.
West Charlotte: Isiah Blackmon 12, Simieon Carter 12, Trey Foster 12, Harris 9, Williams 6, Boone 5, McCullough 5, Massey 4, Sanders 1.
North Mecklenburg: C.J. Boyce 17, Davion Mintz 13, Jay Middleton 10, Yubbx 6, Watts 6, Beasley 4, McCullum 2.
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