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North Meck boys defeat West Charlotte in MECKA 4A

By Keith Cannon
Correspondent
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David T. Foster III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
Hopewell’s Ineesha Hankerson grabs control of the ball against J.M. Robinson’s Sydni Bickford (22) and Kelsi Mahoney.

HUNTERSVILLE North Meck survived a brief second-half surge by West Charlotte on Thursday night to advance to the boys’ championship game of the MECKA 4A Conference basketball tournament at Hopewell with a 69-56 victory over the second-seeded Lions.

Taj Middleton scored 28 points and Kendall Coles added 17 to lift third-seeded North Meck (21-4) to the title game against No. 1 Hough at 8 p.m. Friday.

Hough (21-4) got 30 points from junior center Luke Maye to beat Concord Robinson 79-69 in the other semifinal.

In the girls’ bracket, top-seeded Hopewell will face No. 3 North Meck for the championship at 6:30 p.m.

The North Meck boys led from the opening tip to the final buzzer. The Vikings extended their advantage to as much as 16 points at the half (36-20).

West Charlotte (19-6), led by Trey Foster’s 17 points, used a 7-2 opening run in the fourth quarter to trim the lead to 46-39. But North Meck pushed the margin back to double digits for most of the rest of the game.

In the other boys’ semifinal, Hough senior guard Theo Mack added 25 points. Jordan McKenzie and Connor Boothe scored 21 points each for Robinson.

The girls’ semifinals featured one blowout and one fairly close game. Hopewell (20-4) cruised past Robinson 69-38. Katie Dillon scored 13 points and Bryanna Curry added 11 for Hopewell. Kelsi Mahoney scored a game-high 25 points for Robinson.

In the other semifinal, North Meck used a 13-1 run in the third quarter to break open a one-point game and cruise to an 82-72 victory.

Dynasty Hayward scored 20 points to lead North Meck, and Julia Brown had a game-high 33 points for Hough.

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