↑Berry: Cardinals, seeded No. 29 of 32 teams, upset No. 4 Southwest Guilford 85-83 Saturday.
↑Hough-Hopewell girls: MECKA 8 conference rivals played a heck of second-round playoff Tuesday. Hopewell outscored Hough 12-5 in the fourth quarter to force overtime and won 46-43.
↑Jaylen Stowe, Hickory Ridge: Mercer recruit had 29 points, nine assists and seven steals in 80-63 win over McMichael in a first-round N.C. High School Athletic Association playoff game Saturday.
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Area players make all-state teams
The N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association announced its all-state teams Saturday.
They included Lillian Izundu (Victory Christian girls); Ty Gadsden, Ebuka Izundu (Victory); Ben Bennett (United Faith); Eleah Parker (Northside girls); Zariah Wright (Concord First Assembly girls); Maya Caldwell (Davidson Day girls); Sarah Thomsen (Carmel Christian girls); Charles Minlend (First Assembly); Rayjon Tucker (Northside); Adam Koziol (Gaston Day); Kenny Hairston (Davidson Day); Janelle Bailey, Erin Whalen (Providence Day girls); Amanda Dobner (Hickory Grove girls); Cydne Pennington (Charlotte Latin girls); Kerstie Phills (Charlotte Christian girls); Grant Williams, Josh Howard (Providence Day); Trey Phills (Charlotte Christian); Emeka Nwankwo (Metrolina Christian)
Saturday’s Boys’ Top Performers
Simeon Carter, Isaiah Blackmon, West Charlotte: Carter had 17 points and nine rebounds in an 84-64 second-round win over Concord’s Robinson High. Blackmon had 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Nick Payne, Concord First Assembly: 22 points and 15 rebounds in a 56-49 win over Northside Christian in the N.C. Independent Schools 2A state final. First Assembly ended Northside’s run of three straight state titles.
Hunter Seacat, Lake Norman: 29 points, 10 rebounds in a 75-56 win over Greensboro Grimsley.
Rayjon Tucker, Northside: 24 points, two rebounds in 56-49 state final loss to Concord First Assembly.
Saturday’s Boys’ Roundup
No. 1 Ardrey Kell 83, South Caldwell 33: The Knights tied a school-record for wins (24) and won their 23rd straight game. Steven Santa Ana had 19 points, Devin Cooper 13, Wes Morgan 11 and Rhyle Scott added 10. Ardrey Kell outscored South Caldwell 28-8 in the second quarter and 21-3 in the third.
No. 4 Butler 57, No. 12 Olympic 50: Butler coach Myron Lowery defeated his old team Saturday. Lowery was associate head coach at Olympic last season. Butler led by one point after the third quarter but stretched its lead in the fourth, led by 20 points from RaeQuan Scott, 13 from Orlando Robinson and 12 from Jah’Lil Carter. Olympic got 12 from Malik Constantine, 11 from Demari Parris and 10 from Jaylen McGill.
Lake Norman 75, Greensboro Grimsley 56: Lake Norman (16-8) reached the N.C. 4A state final last season but got off to a slow start after star forward Kishawn Pritchett needed minor knee surgery. Pritchett hasn’t played this season but the Wildcats are rounding into form. Lake Norman has won eight straight after getting 10 points from Louis Simms and eight from David Scott Saturday.
Saturday’s Girls’ Top Performers
Zasha Barrett, Monroe: 11 points, 15 rebounds in a 45-41 win over North Wilkes in the second round of the NCHSAA playoffs.
Kennedy Boyd, Providence Day: Freshman had a game-high 13 points and seven rebounds in 36-29 win over Rabun Gap in the NCISAA 3A state final.
Michaela Daniels, Providence: 10 points, six assists, four steals in a 54-35 loss to South Caldwell in a first round NCHSAA 4A playoff. Teammates Chi-Chi Maduegbunam and Meghan Fleury also had 10 points.
Sarah Novroski, Lake Norman Charter: 20 points, 19 rebounds, four blocks in a 51-45 win over Wheatmore.
Stephanie Watts, Weddington: McDonald’s All-American made 10 3-point shots and scored 40 points in a 66-41 win over Asheville Reynolds. She added six assists and six rebounds.
Saturday’s Girls’ Roundup
No. 2 Weddington 66, Asheville Reynolds 41: Weddington and Reynolds both came out hot, making a barrage of 3-point shots, but Weddington outscored Reyolds 39-15 in the second and third quarters to pull away and improve to 27-1. Weddington – which got eight points and 12 rebounds from Remi Roberts – will play a sectional final at home Tuesday.
Mount Tabor 43, No. 12 Butler 34: The Bulldogs were tied at 14 at halftime with Mount Tabor but couldn’t hang on in the second half at home. Fairen Sutton had 15 and Kobe Leigh 10 to lead the Bulldogs. Mount Tabor got 14 from Haleigh Hatfield.
Lake Norman Charter 51, Wheatmore 45: Vanessa Bissenger had eight points, 10 rebounds and two blocks, teaming with Novroski to dominate the inside in a close win in the NCHSAA 2A playoffs. Davey Albertson had 12 for Wheatmore.