↑North Mecklenburg: Vikings, the regular-season MECKA champs, advanced to Friday’s tournament final by holding off Hough 58-54. Hough trailed 43-30 heading into the fourth quarter but made a big run behind Ben Topp (16 points). Vaud Worthy (16 points) led the Vikings.
↑Jehlon Johnson, Lincoln Charter: 15 points and 15 rebounds in a 75-68 in the Southern Piedmont 1A semis. Lincoln Charter will face Community School of Davidson in Friday’s finals. On Wednesday, Trel McLean had 24 for Bessemer City and Malique Nelson had 22.
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Nia Daniel, Hickory Ridge girls: 24 points, eight rebounds and three steals in a 70-50 win over Concord Robinson in the South Piedmont 3A semis. Teammate Jiera Shears had 15 points, four assists and three steals.
Cam Hamilton, Vance: 40 points, on 14-for-20 shooting, in an 84-73 win over Sweet 16 No. 5 Mallard Creek. Hamilton made 5-of-6 3-point attempts and had five assists, four rebounds and two steals for the Cougars, No. 11 in the Sweet 16. Vance will meet No. 3 North Meck in Friday’s MECKA championship game at Hough High School.
Joey Knox, Community School of Davidson: 24 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals in a 101-60 win over Cherryville in the Southern Piedmont 1A semifinals.
Molly Setliff, Kennedie Gaither, Parkwood girls: Setliff had 19 points, seven steals and seven rebounds in a 62-38 win over West Stanly in the Rocky River semifinals. Gaither added 12 points, nine assists and seven steals.
No. 6 Cox Mill 73, West Rowan 55: sophomore guard Wendell Moore had 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead Cox Mill to the win. Cox Mill outscored West Rowan 27-4 in the third quarter to advance to Friday’s South Piedmont 3A championship. Cody Cline added 12 points and five assists.
No. 16 Olympic 55, South Meck 45: Savin Evans had 14 points, Jordan Chambers 12 and Jalen Harris and Josh Banks had 11 each to lead Olympic to Friday’s SoMeck 8 conference championship game. Olympic won the league regular-season championship earlier this month. South Meck 6-8 center Bryant Thomas finished with seven points, 13 rebounds and six blocks.
Charlotte Catholic 73, Ardrey Kell 42: Catholic got 17 points from Luke Harkins and 11 from Brady Berger in an easy SoMeck 8 conference semifinal win. The Cougars outscored Ardrey Kell 35-13 in the second and third quarters to advance to Friday’s championship tournament championship game against Olympic. David Kasanganay led Ardrey Kell with 13.
East Burke girls 69, East Rutherford 54: Josie Hise and Savannah Coble had 17 points each and Brooke Arney 14 for East Burke (22-3), which advanced to Friday’s conference championship game against Kings Mountain. The final begins at 6 p.m. at East Rutherford. Wednesday, East’s Osha Makerson had a game-high 22.