High School Sports

Saturday’s HS Basketball Roundup: In special senior season, Lincolnton’s Sage Surratt erupts again

Sage Surratt, center, had 51 points against North Gaston Saturday. But that’s not his career high. He set that earlier this season
Sage Surratt, center, had 51 points against North Gaston Saturday. But that’s not his career high. He set that earlier this season jsiner@charlotteobserver.com


Tyrese McNeal, North Gaston: Career-high 28 points in an 88-75 loss to Lincolnton. He’s the younger brother of North Gaston’s leading scorer, Tommy McNeal. Tommy averages 17 points per game.

Statesville Christian: Rallied from 17-0 down to beat Northside Christian Saturday. Details below.

Charlotte Country Day girls defense: Bucs held Asheville School to zero points in the third quarter of a 38-20 win. Country Day led 18-11 at halftime, but 26-11 going into the fourth quarter.

Ardrey Kell’s Jeremy Littlejohn: has committed to Roanoke College, where he join former high school teammate Josh Freund. Littlejohn, who tore his labrum and will have season-ending surgery next month, is the 17th Knights player to earn a college scholarship.

Saturday’s #BIG5 Performers

Imani Cherry, MaKayla Smith, Hickory Grove girls: combined for 25 points in a 66-36 win over Union Academy. Hickory Grove is enjoying one of its best seasons since winning the 2009 N.C. 3A Independent Schools’ state championship. Hickory Grove (16-3, 4-1) is one game behind Metrolina Athletic Conference leader Concord First Assembly (18-4, 5-1) for first place.

Brian Dow, Kelin Thorpe, Lake Norman: Combined for 30 points in an easy win over West Iredell. Lake Norman is 12-5.

Kennedy Grier, Charlotte Country Day girls: 12 points, eight steals, five assists in a 38-20 win over Asheville School.

Brennan Settle, Statesville Christian: 20 points, on 5-for-6 field goal shooting and 9-for-10 free throw shooting, plus five assists in a 57-56 win over Northside Christian.

Sage Surratt, Lincolnton: Surratt, who had 55 points in a game earlier this season, topped 50 for the second time this season. He had 51 in Saturday’s 88-75 win over North Lincoln. In football this season, Surratt set multiple state football records and was named N.C. Associated Press offensive player of the year and a MaxPreps All-American. Now, in basketball he’s on course to chase state single-season and career scoring records. Surratt committed to play football at Wake Forest last week.

Saturday’s Roundup

Asheville School 48, Charlotte Country Day 46: The Bucs made a big rally at home but fell to Asheville School (7-6) in their final non-conference game of the season. With 26 seconds left, Rylan McLaurin made two free throws to give his team a 46-45 lead. But Asheville School hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left to win it. Rashad Morrison had 12 for Asheville School and Titus Morrison had 10. DeAngelo Epps had 13 for Country Day (8-11), which has six games remaining and is trying to secure its first winning season since 2008.

Charlotte Country Day girls 38, Asheville School 20: The Bucs (9-8) got seven points, six rebounds and four blocks from Katie Batten to win their final non-conference game at home.

Statesville Christian 57, Northside Christian 56: Logan Mosley had 13 points, including a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, to lift his team to a one-point win. Mosley made three 3-point shots in the game. Statesville Christian rallied from 17-0 down to win. Jonathan Hicklin led Northside with 21 points.