↑ Charlotte Hoops Challenge: Fast becoming one of the nation’s top Thanksgiving events. MaxPreps ranked it top 10 this year and ranked Saturday’s Hough-Providence Day matchup one of the nation’s best this weekend. Hough is No. 2 in the Sweet 16; Providence Day is No. 6
↑ Myers Park: What a wonderful site for a big tournament like the Charlotte Hoops Challenge. Parking was good and the school has two gyms literally separated by the hall. The new gym, by the way, is as nice as anything in Charlotte. Great viewing angles and a big wide floor.
↑ Grant Williams, Providence Day boys: In three straight games against some of the best post players in the country, Williams has been the best big man on the floor. He outplayed the No. 4 center in the junior class Friday (see below).
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↑ Barbara Nelson, Myers Park girls: Nelson will go for her 600th win Saturday against Weddington. She is 559-229, including a record of 173-15 in her past six seasons in high school. She has won eight state championships.
↑ Lake Norman Charter girls’ balance: Four Lake Norman Charter players scored in double figures in a 64-32 win against Independence at the Leroy Holden Holiday Tournament: Allison Bock (13), Megan Potuzak (13), Summer Taylor (12) and Carly Russ (10). Camille Small had 13 for Independence.
Friday’s Top Performers
Mike Baez, Charlotte United Christian boys: 21 points, five rebounds, four assists in a win against Northern Durham. Baez has 95 points in three games this week.
CJ Bryce, North Mecklenburg boys: UNC Wilmington commit had 25 points, eight rebounds, three assists in a 103-76 victory over Mooresville.
Kenny Hairston, Davidson Day boys: 6-foot senior scored 27 in a 76-70 overtime win against South Meck. He sent the game into overtime with a corner, 3-point, step-back off the dribble as time expired.
Matt Morgan, Cox Mill boys: 25 points in 82-48 win against Garinger at Leroy Holden Tournament at North Meck.
Rayjon Tucker, Northside Christian boys: 17 points in a 60-48 victory over Stephenson for Florida Gulf Coast recruit. Teammate Lysander Bracey added 15.
Grant Williams, Providence Day boys: Matched up against Hamilton Heights’ 6-foot-11 Abdul Ado, the No. 4-ranked center in the 2016 class, Williams -- a 6-7 junior -- had 25 points, six rebonds and five assists. Ado had 10 points.
Charlotte Christian girls 68, No. 14 South Meck 66: Caroline Dennehy had 22 to spark the upset over the Sabres, ranked No. 14 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll. Meredith Harris added 20 and Jaiden Mason 15 for Charlotte Christian. Ali Fitch had 17 to lead South Meck, which got 11 from Katie Allison and 10 from Naenna Dkem.
No. 3 North Meck boys 103, Mooresville 76: Teams that used to play in the same conference met in the Leroy Holden Thanksgiving tournament and North Meck routed its former league mates. CJ Bryce had 25 points to lead the Vikings, No. 3 in the Observer’s Sweet 16.
No. 5 Myers Park boys 76, Charlotte Latin 71: Myers Park trailed 23-7 after the first quarter and rallied. Zaqwaun Matthews led the Mustangs with 25 and Lee Houck had 14. Myers Park outscored Latin 27-10 in the second quarter and 26-21 in the fourth. Parker Julian had 22 for Latin.
No. 6 Providence Day boys 73, Hamilton Heights 62: The Chargers (1-2) got their first win of the season against a regional power from Tennessee. The Chargers’ man-to-man defense caused Hamilton Heights problems, and the Chargers won the third quarter 25-15, busting the game open after leading 37-29 at halftime. Grant Williams had 25 points and Josh Howard added 18 points and seven rebounds. Issac Johnson had 11 points. Juan Duran led Hamilton Heights with 19 and Strahinja Milakovic had 17.
No. 2 Ardrey Kell girls 45, No. 3 Providence Day 43: After losing marquee games against No. 1 Myers Park and No. 4 Weddington, Ardrey Kell got a big win against Observer Sweet 16 No. 3 Providence Day at the Charlotte Hoops Challenge. Ardrey Kell trailed by two going into the fourth quarter. Jordan Muhammad led the Knights with 13. Janelle Bailey had 28 for the Chargers. Erin Whalen, who played for Ardrey Kell last season, added 11 for the Chargers.
Lake Norman Charter boys 68, Independence 42: Lake Norman Charter advanced to the final Saturday in the Leroy Holden tourament, overwhelming Independence with a full-court press. Malik McCormick finished with 18 for Lake Norman Charter and Barrett Hancock added 17.
West Oaks (Fla.) boys 78, Victory Christian 54: Former United Faith coach Shaun Wiseman’s Florida team routed Victory Christian behind 20 points from De’Riante Jenkins, 15 from Corey Sanders and 13 from Jarrell Jones. Charlotte 49ers recruit Ebuka Izundu led United Faith with 15. Terry Alston had 10.