Local teams to storm Cox Mill

The second Cox Mill Holiday Basketball tournament should bring good memories back to the Chargers, as both the boys' and girls' teams won their first games last year in the inaugural event.

The boys' team beat Lake Norman Charter, while the girls beat Queens Grant.

This year, the Chargers hope to duplicate those wins and possibly build on that success, as both programs are much improved in year two of their existence.

The tournament boasts a strong field which represents teams from four different counties.

Queens Grant's boys team is back to defend its title, while Gray Stone Day's girls team will do the same.

Boys Tournament

Cox Mill

The Chargers have already eclipsed last year's win total (2 wins in 2009-10) with three consecutive wins over Lake Norman Charter, Monroe and Mount Pleasant earlier this month.

Cox Mill looks to continue that momentum in their tournament, which gives them a home-court advantage at the very least.

Senior point guard Kassan Nicholson leads a more experienced team with classmates Devin Horner, Juwan Reid and Jeff Sumter his main offensive options.

Realistically, if the Chargers win a game or two in the event, it would give them a lot of confidence.

The field

Defending Southwestern 4A champ, Ardrey Kell, SPC power Central Cabarrus and private school power Queens Grant make an interesting trio of contenders for the tournament.

Each team is playing well, has several top players and at the same time has something to prove.

Meanwhile, Cox Mill, Covenant Classical and Mount Pleasant have the potential to give teams trouble if they play well.

Gray Stone Day and Hough are both in building mode of their programs at this point.

Girls Tournament

Cox Mill

Like the Charger boys, the Cox Mill girls should be much improved in year two of their program, winning their season opener against Union Academy.

Cox Mill and coach Tony Walters hope to be a little less than hospitable as the host this week and win a game or two in the tournament.

Senior shooting guard Ivy Arrington is team's best scorer and most versatile player, but will need help in the backcourt from freshman point guard Taylor Crowley.

Meanwhile, inside seniors Cherise Baker and Jenelle Felton need to be more consistent to put pressure on their opponents.

Overall, the Chargers' young team is a work in progress, but this tournament could be another one to remember if they can make a little noise.

The field

Ardrey Kell appears to be the favorite to win this tournament, as the Knights have looked strong behind the dynamic backcourt of Oceania Anderson and Katelyn White so far this year.

But the Knights should get strong opposition from first-year Hough High, who won five of their first six games as a program, and Mount Pleasant, who appears to be much improved

Cox Mill and Gray Stone Day, the defending champion, could be the dark horses in the group with relatively young teams.

Central Cabarrus, Covenant Classical and Queens Grant are still rebuilding teams because of youth and inexperience.