↑ Wild Wing Cafe Hoops Classic: Local fans got to see some of the top teams in the country last December at Ardrey Kell. In the latest USA Today national rankings, Montverde Academy (Fla.) is No. 3, three-time N.C. state champ Northside Christian is No. 6, Lincoln (NY) is No. 15.
↑ Cherryville’s Kenny Poston: Broke a school-record with 51 points in a 116-88 win over Mitchell Monday night Poston made 11-of-23 shots from the floor, including nine 3-point shots. He also made 20-of-23 free throws and finished with 13 rebounds and five assists. Poston had 22 points in Wednesday’s 90-78 win over Hayesville.
↑ Ardrey Kell: girls and boys teams beat their counterparts at Hough to advance to Friday’s third round and a possible double N.C. 4A Western regional appearance.
↑ Ashbrook: Green Wave lost 83-65 to North Forsyth in the second round Wednesday, but Ashbrook plays five sophomores heavy minutes. Watch out in 2014-15
Wednesday’s Boys Top Performers
Michael Connor, North Rowan: 26 points in a 65-62 upset win over East Lincoln (24-4). North Rowan (18-5) plays at Shelby Friday.
Deion Lane, Workpeh Kofa, Independence: Patriots made second straight sectional championship game with a 66-50 win over Greensboro Smith. Kofa, a Charlotte 49ers football commit, had 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Lane, a college basketball recruit, had 12 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks.
Gabe Logan, Chris Bridges, Freedom: Logan had 30 and Bridges 21 in a 86-76 win over Hickory. Hickory got 27 from Devonte Fuller. Bridges passed the 1,000-point mark Wednesday. On Monday, teammate Khris Gardin did the same thing.
Hunter Seacat, Lake Norman: 25 points, 23 rebounds, four blocks in a decisive 64-50 win over reigning N.C. 4A state champ Olympic.
Wednesday’s Boys Roundup
Mount Tabor 63, North Mecklenburg 54: Four Mount Tabor starters scored in double figures, led by Austin Hatfield’s 16 points, to advance to Friday’s final against West Charlotte. Mount Tabor’s zone and trapping defenses helped limit North star C.J. Bryce to only one point in the fourth quarter. Bryce, who averages more than 20, finished with 12. West Charlotte beat High Point Central 66-47 to advance to a fifth straight sectional championship game.
Lake Norman 64, Olympic 50: In a matchup of recent state champions, Lake Norman (2010) got the better of Olympic (2013). Lake Norman dominated the first and third quarters, outscoring Olympic by 16 points. Hunter Seacat and Kishawn Pritchett combined for 39 points. Olympic’s C.J. Jackson had 23.
Independence 66, Greensboro Smith 50: Independence rallied from an 18-9 deficit in the first quarter. The Patriots held Smith to just four points in the third quarter. Five Patriots hit double figures: Tayon Gleaves (11 points, three rebounds), Deion Lane (12 points), Workpeh Kofa (13), Junior Bowen (12) and Marcus Thomas (11)
Lake Norman Charter 73, Bunker Hill 54: Lake Norman Charter got an easy win to move to Friday’s sectional final at top-seeded Smoky Mountain. Junior Malik McCormick had 19 points and seven rebounds for the winners. Teammate Grayson Hickert had a career high 18 points.
Wednesday’s Girls Top Performers
Rydeiah Rogers, Myers Park: daughter of all-time ACC star Rodney Rogers of Wake Forest had 23 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and four blocks in a 64-42 win over Rocky River.
Emry Tsitouris, Parkwood: Had 40 points and played nearly every minute of a three-overtime 75-72 loss to Thomasville.
Stephanie Watts, Weddington: 20 points, 10 rebounds, seven blocks, four assists in a 58-29 win over North Iredell. Teammate Jada Craig had 17 for Weddington (24-4).
Wednesday’s Girls Roundup
Ardrey Kell 54, Hough 43: The Knights trailed 17-6 after the first quarter but rallied with a 16-5 spurt in the second quarter and a 17-9 spurt in the third. Erin Whalen led the Knights with 14 points, Chase Muhammad had 11 and Jordan Muhammad 10. Anna Diggs led Hough with 16.
West Forsyth 81, Butler 53: West Forsyth jumped out to a 28-5 first quarter lead and led 53-10 at halftime. After Butler’s Kobe Leigh hit a jump shot with 3 minutes, 39 seconds left in the first quarter, Butler trailed 13-5. West Forsyth then went on a 30-0 run that ended the game. Erin Whitney led Butler with 16 points. Leigh had 15.
Myers Park 64, Rocky River 42: The Mustangs led only 31-29 at halftime but powered through to the win with a strong second half. Rydeiah Rogers had 23 points and was 9-for-9 from the free throw line. Aliyah Mazyck had 14 points and seven assists for the Mustangs. Rocky River had 19 points from Jordan Soars.
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