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High School Basketball Roundup 02.26.15

Victory Christian's Ebuka Izundu (center) had 10 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks in the N.C. Independent Schools quarterfinal win in Asheville Thursday. Photo by JASON E. MICZEK - Special to the Observer
Victory Christian's Ebuka Izundu (center) had 10 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks in the N.C. Independent Schools quarterfinal win in Asheville Thursday. Photo by JASON E. MICZEK - Special to the Observer WWW.MICZEKPHOTO.COM

With many school systems closed in the Charlotte area, the bulk of the N.C. High School Athletic Association schedule will be pushed to Friday. In Asheville, which got up to six inches of snow, the N.C. Independent Schools completed its quarterfinals Thursday. Here’s the full roundup of all of Thursday’s action.


Stephanie Watts, Weddington girls: 28 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, five steals in Wednesday’s 68-42 win against North Iredell. She also made her 127th 3-point shot, setting an NCHSAA single-season girls record.

Weather: While parts of Charlotte didn’t get hit hard by snow, many surrounding areas did and many school systems were closed Thursday. That meant the start of the NCHSAA playoffs, scheduled for Monday, will start for many teams no earlier than Friday.

Myers Park girls: Up to No. 9 in MaxPreps national poll. The Mustangs, No. 1 in the Sweet 16, are scheduled to play North Davidson in its first-round home game at 5 p.m. Friday.

Providence Day’s Grant Williams: 30 points, 24 rebounds in an 82-70 win against High Point Christian in the state quarterfinals.

Forfeits affect NCISAA quarterfinals

Three schools advanced to the N.C. Independent Schools girls quarterfinals after receiving forfeits.

In 2A, Raleigh’s St. David’s School and Fayetteville Christian elected not to make the trip to Asheville for the tournament. In 1A, Statesville Christian declined.

Thursday’s Top Performers

Brandon Campbell, Fletcher School: Senior had 39 points in a 76-68 win against Central Academy Lake Park in the Charlotte-area Christian Athletic Association semifinals. Fletcher will play Comenius in Friday’s 6 p.m. championship at Fletcher.

Kenny Hairston, Davidson Day: 25 points, five steals, four made 3-point shots in overtime loss to Village Christian in NCISAA 2A quarterfinals Thursday.

Ebuka Izundu, Ty Gadsden, Victory Christian: Izundu, a 6-10 senior Charlotte 49ers recruit had 10 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks in a 84-36 win against Oakwood School in the NCISAA quarterfinals at Asheville Christian. DePaul came to watch point guard Ty Gadsden, a 6-1 junior, who finished with 16 points and 12 assists. Chris Martin (19 points, six rebounds, five steals) and Brent Davis (14 points, nine rebounds) also had strong games for the Kings (26-6).

Derek McKnight, Gaston Day: Playing through injury, McKnight had 18 points, five assists and four steals in a 69-63 season-ending loss to Asheville Christian in the NCISAA quarterfinals.

Charles Minlend, Concord First Assembly: Unsigned senior had 33 points and six steals in a 76-68 win against Village Christian. Minlend recently got an offer from Rutgers.

Rayjon Tucker, Northside Christian: 19 points, eight rebounds, seven assists for Florida Gulf Coast recruit in a 82-68 win against Westchester Country Day.

Thursday’s Area Roundup

No. 2 Providence Day 82, High Point Christian 70: Led by 30 points from Grant Williams, 14 from Josh Howard, 13 from junior Issac Johnson and 12 from 5-9 senior Chaz Raye, the Chargers reached the NCISAA semifinals for the first time in 13 years. Freshman Trey Wertz scored all 10 of his points in the second half and sparked the Chargers on a big run. Providence Day plays Greensboro Day in Friday’s 8:30 p.m. semifinal. Greensboro Day beat the Chargers 37-36 on Dec. 2 in Greensboro after Providence Day missed a layup in the final seconds.

Greensboro Day 65, No. 15 Charlotte Latin 49: Greensboro Day, ranked as high as No. 21 in national polls, got 14 points from Trevor Mayo and 13 from Peter Agba in the win. Latin was led by 6-7 center Parker Julian’s 15 points.

Northside Christian 82, Westchester Country Day 68: The Knights got 25 points from Lysander Bracey and 15 from Malcolm Cumberbatch in their quarterfinal win. Post Jayson Hankins had 12 points and 20 rebounds as Northside moved to the semifinals Friday, hunting a fourth straight NCISAA 2A state title.

Asheville Christian 69, Gaston Day 63: Junior Jordan Shepherd had 29 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals to lead his team to a narrow win. James Lewis (14 points, seven rebounds) and Adam Koziol (12 points) helped lead Gaston Day.

No. 4 Providence Day girls 53, Charlotte Latin 21: Janelle Bailey had 27 points and Erin Whalen 17 as the Chargers moved into the semifinals Saturday. Providence Day has won five straight N.C. Independent Schools’ state championships and nine of the past 10.

No. 8 South Iredell 60, Central Cabarrus 49: South’s Julia Scoles had 25 and Leslie Hall added 12. South Iredell broke open a one-point game at the end of the third quarter, outscoring Central 18-8 in the fourth. Central got 13 points from Justice Wallace and Kasey Rowden.

Charlotte Christian girls 58, HP Wesleyan 50: Kerstie Phills had 14 points and the Knights got strong games from Meredith Harris (12 points), Jaiden Mason (12 points, 12 rebounds) and Caroline Dennehy (11) in the win. Christian will play No. 1 overall seed Rabun Gap in Friday’s semifinals.

No. 14 Charlotte Catholic 57, No. 15 Robinson 41: Catholic had four players in double figures in Wednesday’s first round win: Maggie Dupre’ (12), Carrie Eberle (11), Kristal Mainsah (11) and Hannah Samuelson (10). Robinson, outscored 11-1 in the decisive second quarter, got 13 points from Sydni Bickford.

Cuthbertson 38, Piedmont 32: Taylor Helms had 18 points in a tight defensive game to lead Cuthbertson, which outscored Piedmont 13-9 in the fourth quarter Wednesday to advance to the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs.

Community School of Davidson 48, South Stanly 41: Karli Fekete had 22 points as Community School earned its first NCHSAA playoff win Wednesday.

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