↓Zaria Wright, Concord First Assembly girls: Wright, one of the area’s top scorers, suffered a severe ankle sprain in her team’s third game against Northside Christian Dec. 1. She likely won’t be back until next week.
↑Rock Hill girls: Beat S.C. 3A No. 1 Lancaster 54-51 and then Sweet 16 No. 14 Rock Hill South Pointe 70-44 last week. Sophomore RiKoya Anderson averaged 13 points, 10 rebounds and two steals in the wins.
↑Providence Day girls: Chargers are 9-0, ranked No. 1 in the Observer’s Sweet 16, No. 15 nationally by MaxPreps and No. 19 nationally by USA Today. Senior Erin Whalen is averaging 21 points, shooting 91 percent from the free throw line, 66 percent on 2-point field goal attempts and 46 percent on 3-point attempts.
↑Providence Day boys: Chargers, No. 1 in the Observer’s Sweet 16, are shooting 52 percent as a team from the field and are making 60 percent of their two-point attempts this season. Providence Day is ranked No. 37 in the Fab 50 national poll.
Girls Players of the Week
Sarah Billiard, Covenant Day: 15 points, 18 rebounds in 49-33 win over Metrolina Christian Friday; 14 points, 26 rebounds in a 49-36 win over Hickory Grove Tuesday. Since returning from injury, Billiard has 84 rebounds in four games.
BEST OF THE REST
Miya Bull, East Mecklenburg: 29 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks in a 62-42 win over Independence Tuesday.
Izzy Clark, Rock Hill South Pointe: 14 points, 12 rebounds, six steals in a 46-31 win over Fort Mill Tuesday.
Molly Mann, Weddington: career-high 27 points and nine rebounds in 79-37 win over Mount Pleasant Friday.
Jenesai Mohammad, Concord First Assembly: 34 points, six steals, four rebounds, three assists in 59-55 win over Hickory Grove Friday.
Boys Players of the Week
Ray Kowalski, Concord: 91 points in three games last week, including 30 in a showdown win over Cabarrus County rival Cox Mill Friday
BEST OF THE REST
Lavar Batts, Concord Robinson: 32 points, five rebounds, five assists in 84-59 win over Northwest Cabarrus.
Justyn Hamilton, Independence: 6-9 junior center had 17 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and five blocks in a 70-58 win over Porter Ridge Friday.
Bates Jones, Charlotte Latin: 24 points, 10 rebounds in a 61-59 win over Clover. Latin trailed by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter.
Sage Surratt, East Lincoln: career-high 37 points, 10 rebounds in Wednesday’s 71-51 win against North Lincoln. Then career-high 38 points in 84-41 win over Bandys Friday.
Tuesday’s Top Games
No. 5 Hopewell girls (7-1, 1-1 MECKA) at No. 13 North Mecklenburg (8-1, 2-0), 6: North Meck has won three in a row and now takes aim at a MECKA conference favorite. Hopewell, then No. 2 in the Sweet 16, was upset by Mallard Creek Friday. Tuesday’s boys game could be good. Unranked Hopewell (6-2) has won three in a row. North Meck is unbeaten and No. 2 in the Sweet 16.
No. 3 Concord Robinson (6-0, 4-0 South Piedmont 3A) at No. 8 Cox Mill (7-1, 4-1), 7:30: Robinson’s Lavar Batts (21.2 ppg), Jordan McKenzie (14.8) and Daniel Spencer (14.8) are having huge years for Robinson. Cox Mill, beaten by Concord Friday, cannot afford to get too far behind the leader in what’s going to be a tough conference title race.
West Charlotte (4-3, 1-1 MECKA) at No. 15 Vance (8-2, 1-0), 7:30: West Charlotte has lost two of its last four games -- to Sweet 16 top 5 North Meck and Charlotte Catholic. Vance has won seven straight to beat its 2014-15 win total, already, by two games.
Tuesday’s HS Basketball Schedule
Alexander Central at North Iredell
Anson at Monroe
Ardrey Kell at Harding
Carson at Concord
Central Academy at Cuthbertson
Central Cabarrus at South Rowan
Cheraw at Indian Land
Cherryville at Community School of Davidson
Clover at Rock Hill
Comenius at First Assembly Monroe
Crossroads Charter at North Rowan
East Gaston at Lake Norman Charter
East Lincoln at Lincolnton
Gaffney at York
Grace Academy at Victory Christian
Hickory Ridge at Northwest Cabarrus
Highland Tech at Lincoln Charter
Hopewell at North Mecklenburg
Independence at Weddington
Jay M. Robinson at Cox Mill
Lancaster at Nation Ford
Mallard Creek at Hough
Marvin Ridge at Parkwood
Mooresville at North Lincoln
Myers Park at Butler
North Gaston at Ashbrook
Northwestern at Fort Mill
Olympic at Charlotte Catholic
Pine Lake Prep at Bessemer City
Porter Ridge at Garinger
Providence at Berry
Rocky River at East Mecklenburg
South Iredell at West Iredell
South Mecklenburg at West Mecklenburg
South Point at Hunter Huss
Statesville at Lake Norman
Statesville Christian at Carmel Christian
Stuart Cramer at Forestview
Sun Valley at Forest Hills
West Charlotte at Vance
West Lincoln at Bunker Hill
Westminster Catawba at Great Falls
Woodlawn School at Arborbrook Christian