↑ Nehemiah Mabson, United Faith: Unsigned 6-foot-6 senior scored his 1,000th career point in the Falcons’ 100-38 win against Pungo Christian. Mabson finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Sophomore point guard Ty Gadsden had 17 points, six assists, five steals and three rebounds.
↑ Ardrey Kell: Knights’ 72-52 win against West Mecklenburg in the first round of the SoMeck tournament was their 20th of the season. Ardrey Kell has back-to-back 20-win seasons and has won 20 games for the fourth time in six years. Junior Steven Santa Ana scored 18 points in three quarters Tuesday.
↓ Charlotte NCISAA 3A teams: No local team has won the N.C. Independent Schools’ 3A title since Charlotte Latin in 2004. Is this the year? Charlotte Latin and Providence Day will play quarterfinal games Thursday in Greensboro.
↑ Gabe DeVoe, Shelby: Had 51 points in a 119-66 win against Draughn. DeVoe is a Clemson recruit. Teammate Mon’Darius Black had 21.
↑ Kelsi Mahoney, Robinson: Concord-area star committed to George Washington on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s Top Boys’ Performers
John Emezie, Marvin Ridge: 33 points, eight rebounds in 74-56 loss to Weddington.
Kenny Hairston, Davidson Day: 27 points in a 57-49 win against Fayetteville Christian in the first round of the N.C. Independent Schools’ 2A playoffs.
CJ Jackson, Olympic: Observer pick for SoMeck 8 Player of the Year had 30 in 56-46 win against South Meck that set up a huge rematch with rival Ardrey Kell in conference semifinals Thursday.
Tuesday’s Boys’ Roundup
Myers Park 76, Garinger 59: Myers Park got 24 points from Juwan Davenport and 22 from Zaquan Matthews in the win, made possible by a 20-10 push in the third quarter. Myers Park (17-7), which will face Butler in Thursday’s Southwestern 4A semifinals, has won six of its past seven. Matthews is averaging 21 points and eight rebounds during this stretch. Davenport is averaging 18 points and nine rebounds.
Charlotte Latin 60, Raleigh Ravenscroft 41: Latin’s Rusty Reigel had 23 points and 14 rebounds as Latin (18-8) blew the game open in the second quarter. Latin outscored Ravenscroft 18-2 to take a 31-14 halftime lead over the Ravens (18-9). Daniel Jones added 14 for the Hawks, who advanced to Thursday’s N.C. Independent Schools 3A quarterfinals against top-seeded Greensboro Day.
Freedom 82, South Caldwell 35: Freedom, the No. 1 seed in the Northwestern Conference tournament, had an easy time with No. 8 South Caldwell. Gabe Logan had 21 points, Kasen Wilson 14 and Chris Bridges 13 for the Patriots (23-1). South Caldwell is 2-23.
Victory Christian 72, Calvary Baptist 65: In the playoffs as a No. 9 (of 12) seed, Victory pulled off a mild upset and set up a huge quarterfinal Thursday. The Kings (17-13) will face nationally ranked and No. 1 seed Northside Christian at 4 p.m. Thursday at Westchester Country Day School in High Point. Northside has won the past two 2A state championships. Victory won in 2007, ’08 and ’10. The Kings also won five 1A state titles in a row in 1995-99 and another 1A ring in 2003.
Tuesday’s Top Girls’ Performers
Alexas Bradford, Parker Tompkins, Maya Caldwell, Davidson Day: Trio combined for 49 points in a 55-33 win against St. David’s in the first round of the N.C. Independent Schools 2A playoffs. Davidson Day advanced to play Asheville Christian on Thursday in the quarterfinals at Wesleyan Christian in High Point.
Akela Branch, Albemarle: 19 points, 10 rebounds, 10 blocks, four steals and two assists in a 79-28 win against Queens Grant.
Chantel Williams, Mallard Creek: Sophomore forward had 23 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and three steals.
Tuesday’s Girls’ Roundup
Robinson 58, Mallard Creek 54: Robinson (17-7) got 18 points from Sydni Bickford and 14 from Amaya Scott to hold off Mallard Creek in a close game. Freshman Zaria Wright finshed with 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Mavericks. Robinson will face Hopewell in Thursday’s MECKA 4A semifinals.
Charlotte Latin 45, Hickory Grove 37: Cydne Pennington had 13 points for the Hawks, who limited Hickory Grove to 10 points in the first half and 21 in the first three quarters. Hickory Grove got 13 points from Jayla Joyner and ended its season at 15-14. Latin (9-15) advanced to the NCISAA 3A quarterfinals at American Hebrew Academy. The Hawks, seeded No. 8, will face top-seeded Providence Day (24-3) at 2 p.m. Thursday.
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