Five Mecklenburg County boys’ and girls’ basketball teams punched their tickets to the N.C. 4A Western Regionals on Tuesday night. In fact, two schools are sending both of their teams.
Ardrey Kell’s boys and girls are going for the second straight year. The Knights’ boys got 24 points from senior Steven Santa Ana and beat Lake Norman 54-38. The Knights’ girls beat county rival Hopewell 62-29.
Myers Park’s girls, the reigning N.C. 4A champs, are going back after a 62-23 victory over South Caldwell. This year, they’ll be joined by the boys, reaching the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2009. Myers Park upset Butler 67-66 in overtime Tuesday. Henry Richards hit the winning shot with six seconds left.
And finally, West Charlotte’s boys are returning for the sixth time in seven seasons. West Charlotte got 25 points and nine rebounds from guard Isaiah Blackmon in a 78-62 victory over Northwest Guilford.