↑National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit with 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 National Domestic Violence Hotline. Students at Tuesday’s Garinger at Independence doubleheader are asked to wear orange to school and to 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.
↓Fire Alarm: Someone pulled the fire alarm at United Faith, delaying the start of the highly anticipated United Faith-Carmel Christian, which United Faith won to pull even in the Southern Piedmont conference standings.
↑Cannon School D: Ahead of Covenant Day 43-35 at the start of the fourth quarter, Cannon held Covenant to two points in the period to turn a potential nail-biter into a blowout. Jairus Hamilton (19 points, nine rebounds, four rebounds) and Qon Murphy (10 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) led Cannon. Josh Price had 19 for Covenant Day.
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↑Harper Hendricks, Ardrey Kell: hit six free throws in overtime to lift his team to a 56-49 win Harding. David Kasanganay had 21 for the Knights. Hendricks made 11-of-13 free throws in the game and finished with 13 points.
↑Mooresville: Beat West Iredell 101-59 Friday, topping the 100 point mark for the second time in a row. It’s believed to be the first time in school history the Blue Devils have done that. Mooresville’s Seth Welch made seven 3-point shots and finished with 25 points.
Friday’s #BIG5 Performers
Jordan Campbell, Mallard Creek: Jordan Campbell had 28 points, including a contested, game-winning 3-point shot in a 73-72 win over Hough. Mallard Creek, which got 14 points from Larry Matkins, won its 11th straight game. Hough, which got 16 points each from Justice Rushing and Jibril McCormick, led 28-17 after the first quarter.
Cam Hamilton, Vance: 32 points, four assists, three rebounds in a 73-66 come-from-behind win over West Charlotte. Vance, No. 2 in the Sweet 16, trailed by 16 points in the third quarter before clamping down on defense and holding West Charlotte scoreless for more than six minutes. Justin Freeman added 11 points for the Cougars.
Sage Surratt, Lincolnton: career-high 57 points in a 104-84 win over Bandys. Surratt topped 50 points for the third time this season and the second time this week. In his past four games, Surratt has scored 191 points, tying a state-record with four straight games of 40 or more points. For his career, he’s now got 2,619 points and passed former North Carolina national champion-winning guard Donald Williams, Vernon Odom and Josh King on the N.C. High School Athletic Association career scoring lists Friday night. Surratt now sits No. 4. The state record of 3,307 is within reach at the rate Surratt is going. And the 57 points is the seventh highest total recorded by an NCHSAA player in a single game.
Isaac Suffren, Providence Day: 20 points, 11 rebounds, six assists in a solid all-around game to help Providence Day hold off Lehigh (Fla.) 59-58 in Orlando.
Jae’Lyn Withers, North Mecklenburg: 30 points, 10 rebounds in a 92-61 win over Hopewell. He made 4-of-5 3-point shots. On Wednesday, Withers had 21 points, seven rebounds in a win over West Charlotte.
No. 1 Butler 82, Myers Park 43: Butler (21-0, 9-0 Southwestern 4A) jumped on Myers Park (10-9, 2-6) early and didn’t let up. Butler led 47-23 at halftime. Zane Rankin had 14 and DJ Little 12 for the Bulldogs. Nate Springs had 15 for Myers Park.
No. 4 North Mecklenburg 92, Hopewell 61: Freshman Tristan Maxwell had 23 points and junior point guard Vaud Worthy had 14 assists as the Vikings won easily, despite trailing 16-11 after the first quarter. North Meck busted the game open outscoring Hopewell 51-23 in the middle two quarters. Zach Dixon had 21 for Hopewell.
No. 5 Providence Day 59, Lehigh (Fla.) 58: Freshman center John Miralia made two free throws with 18.8 seconds left to give the Chargers a 3-point lead at the Montverde (Fla.) Invitational. Lehigh scored on a layup with 8.8 seconds left and fouled another Charger, who missed his free throw, giving Lehigh a chance to steal a game it trailed in for long stretches. But Lehigh missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Trey Wertz had 24 points, five rebounds and three assists for Providence Day (19-8), which is playing without leading scorer Devon Dotson (ankle) but will try for its fifth straight 20-win season in Saturday’s consolation bracket championship game. Freshman Luke Stankavage had six points and six rebounds for the Chargers Friday.
No. 7 Charlotte Christian 44, Charlotte Country Day 42: BJ Mack made a free throw and seconds later Rob Peterson made another to give the Knights a 2-point lead in the final seconds. Country Day had a chance to tie or win -- with a 3-point shot -- on its final possession, but a desparate Bucs attempt missed the basket. Seth Bennett and Mack had 12 each for Christian, which made 11-of-15 free throws. Alex Tabor and Myles Browner had 10 each for Country Day, which made 3-of-8 free throws.
No. 8 Concord Robinson 75, Hickory Ridge 64: Lavar Batts, a top 100 national recruit signed to VCU, had 30 points, six rebounds and three assists in the win, sparked by a 19-10 fourth quarter push. Jamari Roberts (11 points, seven rebounds, three blocks) and Vi’chon Means (11 points, five rebounds) chipped in. Hickory Ridge got 25 from Jarren Cottingham.
No. 9 Cox Mill 73, Concord 60: Wendell Moore had 35 points and Francis Sio had 17 in the win. Jalen O’Neal had 18 and Hamsah Nasrildeen 13 for the Spiders.
No. 11 Forest Hills 79, Mount Pleasant 53: Sophomore Nas Tyson had 28 points and seven rebounds to spark Forest Hills (17-3, 5-1 Rocky River) to an easy win over Mount Pleasant (8-12, 1-5). The Yellow Jackets led 23-6 after the first quarter. Sophomore Cameron Richardson had 10 points, 11 rebounds for Forest Hills. Jacob Lee had 19 for Mount Pleasant.
No. 15 Lincoln Charter 96, Thomas Jefferson 63: Jackson Gabriel made 9-of-15 3-point attempts and had 31 points in the win. Teammates Kody Shubert (20 points, 10 assists, three steals) and London England (15 points, five assists, four steals) had strong games.
Community School of Davidson 76, Bessemer City 59: Community School (16-5, 12-1) got 24 points from Joey Knox and 20 from Brandon Ellington to win its eighth straight and set up a showdown with No. 15 Lincoln Charter next week.
East Lincoln 85, Bunker Hill 26: East led 45-18 at halftime and cruised to an eighth straigth win over the Bears, a streak that dates back to the 2013-14 season. Cam Dollar (19 points, seven rebounds, six steals), Coleson Leach (14 points, six assists) and Sidney Dollar (12 points, eight steals) led the Mustangs.
Gaston Day 91, Concord First Assembly 79: Brandon Reeves had 29 points and Gaston Day was 25-of-29 from the free throw line in the win. Amiri Waddell had 24 points and eight rebounds for Concord First Assembly. Gaston Day (18-3, 8-0 Metrolina) took a big step towards the league title, turning back CFA (17-7, 6-2).
Olympic 59, Charlotte Catholic 44: Olympic (11-6, 9-0 SoMeck) took a commanding conference lead with a second win in what’s been an emotional week. After Saturday’s practice, Olympic forward Aaron Barker died unexpectedly. The team won an emotional game at Ardrey Kell Wednesday when fans were chanting Barker’s name towards the end of the game (above). Friday, after a moment of silence in Barker’s honor (see below), Jalen Harris had 14 points and Jordan Chambers 13 to lift the Trojans. Catholic, which got 15 points from Trey Kloiber at home, fell to 11-9, 7-3. The Cougars are tied for second place in the conference with South Meck (12-8, 7-3).
South Mecklenburg 57, West Mecklenburg 48: After Derrick Walker made a three-pointer with two minutes left to give his team a 45-40 lead, the Sabres made 10-of-10 free throws in the fourth quarter to make the lead stand up. Walker finished with 13 points and Paul Hudson had 10. Center Bryant Thomas led the Sabres with 19 points, eight rebounds, eight blocks. Jalen Moore had 18 for West Meck and Dyami Brown added 14.
United Faith 75, Carmel Christian 73: United Faith (21-2, 8-1) won its 11th straight game and pulled into a tie with Carmel (15-5, 8-1) for first place in the Southern Piedmont conference. KC Hankton had 26 points, 16 rebounds and Jalen Knight had 18 points and seven assists for Faith. Point guard Raf Jenkins added 10 points and 10 assists. Donovan Gregory led Carmel with 24 points, Ford Cooper had 12, Marten Maide and Myles Pierre added 11 each.