High School Sports

Friday’s girls’ high school basketball roundup: No. 1 Mallard Creek holds off No. 7 Hough

Mallard Creek’s Dazia Lawrence (left) and Ahlana Smith helped keep the Mavericks unbeaten with a win over rival Hough Friday
Mallard Creek’s Dazia Lawrence (left) and Ahlana Smith helped keep the Mavericks unbeaten with a win over rival Hough Friday jsiner@charlotteobserver.com


National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit is partnering with some CMS schools to raise awareness in February. One in three teens is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, according to the Naitonal Domestic Violence Hotline. Students at Tuesday’s Garinger at Independence doubleheader are asked to wear orange to school and at the game (orange is the color for the awareness month). Cheerleaders will have orange pom-poms and varsity players will wear orange socks to support the effort.

Savannah Brown, Hickory Grove: career-high 14 points, plus 10 rebounds, five steals and three assists in 62-15 win over Gaston Christian.

Marvin Ridge girls: beat Weddington 35-28, earning their first win over Warriors since 2012. Weddington played without star forward Remi Roberts (concussion). Ava Fox led Marvin Ridge with 12 points. Erin Addison had 20 for Weddington.

Garinger: Wildcats won their second game of the season and ended a four-game losing streak with a 55-50 win over Porter Ridge. Jasmine Sanders had 31 for Garinger and Jahniya Burns had 12. Kirsten Petrini had 23 for Porter Ridge.

Friday’s #BIG5 Performers

Shariah Gaddy, South Meck: 16 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks, four assists, three steals in a 61-45 win over West Meck. Naomi Gilbert (13 points) and Jadin Gladden (12 points, seven rebounds) also had good games for the Sabres.

Rinnah Green, Butler: game-high 32 points in a 67-50 win over Myers Park. Butler led 26-10 after the first quarter and 45-21 at halftime. Destiny Lewis added 14 for the Bulldogs. Claire Proctor led Myers Park with 15.

Destiny Johnson, East Lincoln: 20 points, 12 rebounds, six steals, four blocks, three assists in a 55-28 win over Bunker Hill. Eboni Tinsley had 13 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists; and Caira McClain added 10 points, 18 rebounds.

Ahlana Smith, Dazia Lawrence, Mallard Creek: Smith, a sophomore, had a game-high 21 points, plus three assists, as the Mavericks, No. 1 in the Sweet 16, beat No. 7 Hough to remain unbeaten. Lawrence, a junior, had 17 points. Lauren Stokes led Hough with 19.

Zaria Wright, Concord First Assembly: 22 points, eight assists, six steals, six rebounds in a 70-28 win over Gaston Day.

Friday’s Roundup

North Mecklenburg 51, No. 8 Hopewell 46: The game was tied going into the fourth quarter, but North Meck won the period to pull off the upset. Dynasty Heyward had 27 points for the Vikings.

No. 13 Central Cabarrus 89, West Rowan 57: Mahaley Holit finished with 23 points, five assists, three steals in the win. She now has 1,793 career points, nearing the all-time school scoring record of 1,844 set by Anthony Harris. Friday, Elanna Peay had 15 points, 16 rebounds, five steals and two blocks for Central, and Kasey Rowden had 21 points.

Charlotte Country Day 46, Charlotte Christian 33: Country Day’s Grace Gach had her sixth double-double of the season (13 points, 16 rebounds) to power Country Day (10-9, 4-2 CISAA) to a win over rival Charlotte Christian (4-16, 1-5). Katie Batten added four points, 10 rebounds, three blocks. Gerlea Patton had 11 for Christian.

Metrolina Christian 54 Southlake 35: Bella Sheprow had 22 points and Korie McClain had 11 assists, 10 rebounds, eight steals and five points in the win. Hailey Handlogte had 13 for SouthLake.

Northside Christian 48, Westminster Catawba 14: Eleah Parker (14 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks) led three Knights in double figures in easy win. Kylie Stinson had 12 points, four rebounds and two assists. Akiya Phillips had 11 points and four rebounds.

Rock Hill 49, Nation Ford 36: Rock Hill, ranked No. 4 in the S.C. 5A coaches poll, beat No. 7 Nation Ford behind 18 points from Rikoya Anderson and 14 from Tee Ballard. Rock Hill improved to 16-4, 5-0. Nation Ford dipped to 13-6, 2-3. Kelci Adams led Nation Ford with nine.