↑Providence Day girls: Led by 21 points and seven rebounds from Janelle Bailey, the Chargers (26-3) beat Raleigh Ravenscroft 48-35 to advance to Saturday’s 2 p.m. N.C. Independent Schools 3A state final at Asheville Christian. Providence Day will try to win a sixth straight state title against rival Rabun Gap.
↑Lake Norman Charter balanced scoring: Grayson Hickert had 17 points, Barrett Hancock had 14, Malik McCormick had 14 and Nick Worthy had 10 in a 78-74 win over Shelby.
↑Hough defense: Huskies, No. 8 in the Observer’s Sweet 16, outscored Scotland County 20-0 in the third quarter to rally for a 69-56 win.
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↑Northside Christian: Advanced to NCISAA 2A state finals for fifth straight season after a 83-56 win over Harrell’s Christian. The Knights will go for a fourth straight state title game Saturday.
Friday’s Top Boys Performers
C.J. Bryce, North Mecklenburg: 37 points, 10 rebounds in a 83-61 win over Charlotte Catholic. Davion Mintz had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Vikings and coach Duane Lewis, who won his 300th game earlier this month. Josh Brodowicz had 18 for Catholic.
Ty Gadsden, Victory Christian: 23 points, eight assists, five steals for the 6-1 junior point guard in a 71-57 win over Greenfield in the N.C. Independent Schools 1A semifinals. Charlotte recruit Ebuka Izundu had 17 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks. Senior Brent Davis had 13 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.
Luke Maye, Hough: 19 points, 22 rebounds in a 69-56 win over Scotland County. Hough improved to 17-8.
Sage Surratt, Hayden Duggins, East Lincoln: Surratt, a junior, had 25 points in a 97-60 win over Wilkes Central. Duggins, a junior, had 23. It was East Lincoln’s first game in 15 days.
Rayjon Tucker, Northside Christian: 24 points, 12 rebounds in a 83-56 win over Harrells Christian in the N.C. Independent Schools state semifinals. Teammate Malcolm Cumberbatch had 26.
Friday’s Boys Roundup
No. 4 Butler 68, Skyland Roberson 49: RaeQuon Scott had 20 points, Art Labinowicz had 14 and Orlando Robinson 12 to pace the Bulldogs (22-3), who will face No. 12 Olympic at home in a big second round game Saturday
No. 7 Robinson 73, Alexander Central 53: Connor Boothe had 23 points and three rebounds to lead his team to an easy 4A first round win. Sophomore Lavar Batts had 16 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Robinson has a rematch of the MECKA 8 championship game at West Charlotte Saturday at 3 p.m. West Charlotte beat Robinson in Concord two weeks ago to win the league title.
No. 12 Olympic 72, Rocky River 66: Sophomore Jaylan McGill led the Trojans with 22 points in a tight first round NCHSAA 4A playoff win. Malik Constantine and Quincy Eaddy had 14 points each for Olympic, which broke open a tight game with a 22-11 advantage in the third quarter.
Greensboro Day 61, No. 2 Providence Day 44: Greensboro Day (33-2), ranked as high as No. 21 nationally, busted open a close game in the fourth quarter as Providence Day began taking quick shots and began to get beat on its defensive boards. The Chargers, in the semifinals for the first time in more than a decade, were led by 6-7 junior Grant Williams, who had 14 points and seven rebounds.
Myers Park 67, McDowell 55: Zaqwaun Matthews and Lee Houck had 20 points each as the Mustangs sprinted out to a 34-22 halftime lead. McDowell got within two at the end of the third quarter, led by 26 from Chris Clayton, but Myers Park outscored the Titans by 10 points in the fourth for the cushion.
Lincoln Charter 84, South Robeson 56: Kody Shubert (19 points), Amir Davis (17), Logan Foster (14) and Kevin Walsh (15) paced an easy win.
Friday’s Girls Top Performers
Zasha Barrett, Monroe: 24 points and 15 rebounds in a 56-40 win over Ashe County in the first round. Tyriona Houston had 15 points and 18 rebounds.
Dynasty Heyward, North Mecklenburg: 18 points, six steals, five assists in a 62-42 loss to Alexander Central. Alexander’s Madi Suddreth had 23 points and 12 rebounds.
Gabby Smith, Hickory Ridge: 26 points in a 59-56 win over East Gaston. Hickory Ridge (19-5), No. 13 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll, outscored East Gaston 18-9 to rally to win. East Gaston’s Raven Brooks had a game-high 29.
Friday’s Girls Roundup
No. 10 Mallard Creek 60, Berry 52: Kayla Brown had 23 points and Whitney Walker added 15 as Mallard Creek overcame a slow start to win. Berry outscored Mallard Creek 10-5 in the first quarter and led 33-21 at halftime. Mallard Creek had a huge rally in the second half. Berry’s Ra’Shika White led the Cardinals with 18.
No. 11 Hough 50, No. 16 South Mecklenburg 47: Renee Alquiza had a game-high 21 points as Hough won a tight game on the road. Nnenna Okam had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Sabres.
Northside Christian 56, Davidson Day 51: Sophomore Eleah Parker had 17 points to lead the Knights to Saturday’s 10 a.m. state final with N.C. power Carolina Day. Ja’Yon Leak added 14 for Northside, which has boys and girls teams in the final. Davidson Day got 24 points from Maya Caldwell and 23 from Parker Thompkins.