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Thursday’s Roundup: Charlotte Christian, U-Edosomwan, avoid Country Day upset bid

Charlotte Christian’s Efosa U-Edosomwan helped the Knights avoid a big upset loss to CISAA rival Charlotte Country Day Thursday
Charlotte Christian’s Efosa U-Edosomwan helped the Knights avoid a big upset loss to CISAA rival Charlotte Country Day Thursday

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Destiny Johnson, East Lincoln girls: Senior is seven points away from 2,000 for her career. According to East Lincoln coaches, she’ll become the second male or female athlete in Lincoln County history to reach 2,000. For her career, Johnson has 1,993 points, 858 rebounds, 427 assists, 351 steals, 144 blocks and 50 double-doubles. This season, she’s averaging 23 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and three steals per game.

Statesville Christian girls: Improved to 23-0 with a 60-38 win over Greenville (SC) Bob Jones Academy in the BJU Invitational semifinals. Statesville Christian will face Calvary Baptist (MI) in Friday’s 2 p.m. final

Matt Ciccone, Charlotte Catholic: Committed to Bridgewater (VA) College Thursday. He’s the second Cougar to commit this season. Nick Scibelli committed to Macalester (MN) College in preseason.

Katie Batten, Charlotte Country Day: got her 13th double-double of the season in Thursday’s 40-32 win at Charlotte Christian. Batten had 13 points, 14 rebounds. Teammates Molly McLawhorn (16 points) and Caroline Kosmicki (12 rebounds, nine blocks) also had strong games for Country Day (9-11, 4-2).

Dazia Lawrence, Mallard Creek: In a 71-47 win over Vance, Lawrence had 24 points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists. Teammates Sydney Hunter (13 points, 10 rebounds) and UCLA recruit and McDonald’s All-American nominee Ahlana Smith (11 points, seven rebounds, five blocks, four assists, two steals) had strong games.

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Thursday’s Spotlight: No. 6 Rocky River repels No. 4 Butler

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Rocky River coach Jason Moseley’s team upset Independence Tuesday Jonathan Aguallo

In front of a sold-out, raucous crowd that included Charlotte Hornets Dwight Howard, Dwayne Bacon and local radio personality Chewy, Rocky River finally got the win first-year coach Jason Moseley has been looking for.

Moseley has challenged his team all season to get “a big win” in a big moment. Rocky River got it Thursday, beating Butler 69-68. Rocky River seniors had never beaten Butler.

Rocky River, No. 6 in the Observer’s Sweet 16, got 26 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks from sophomore All-American Jaden Springer, plus 17 points, seven assists from Jordan Campbell and 10 points, five rebounds from Narique Smith to pull off a big upset.

Rocky River (14-4, 7-2) won its third straight game and took over sole possession of second place in the Southwestern 4A. Gerrale Gates and DJ Little combined for 46 points for Butler, which had its 10-game win streak snapped. Butler missed two shots near the rim at the buzzer. Gates had 25 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. Little had six 3-point makes and has 59 for the season.

Rocky River--21 10 19 19=69

Butler-- 15 20 18 15=68

Rocky River -- Narique Smith 10, Elijah Sidbury 2, Jordan Campbell 17, D-Stone Dubar 6, Jaden Springer 26, Marcus Evans 4, Kahlil Brantley 4,

Butler -- Brown 8, Gibson 4, Little 21, Dixon 3, McPhatter 3, Gates 25, Conner 4

Thursday’s #BIG5 Top Performers

Terrelle Brown, Efosa U-Edosomwan, Blake Preston, Charlotte Christian: helped the Knights (18-6, 6-0 CISAA) avoid a big upset in a 62-57 win over Charlotte Country Day (16-10, 3-3). With leading scorer JC Tharrington battling the flu and finishing with just five points, Brown went for 17 points, five rebounds and four steals. U-Edosomwan had 14 points, six rebounds and four steals. Liberty commit Blake Preston added 13 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks. Country Day’s Alex Tabor (game-high 21 points) tied the game with one of his five 3-point makes with less than a minute to go in regulation.

Dezure Moulden, Belmont Stuart Cramer: 25 points, five rebounds, four assists in a 65-60 win over Lawndale Burns.

D’Marco Small, Pine Lake Prep: 28 points, six rebounds, four assists in a 75-67 win over Davidson Day. Pine Lake Prep (13-6) has won seven straight. Teammates Josh Barnette (20 points) and Eito Yuminami (13 points, eight assists) had strong games.

Shamani Stafford, Jessyka Leak, Concord First Assembly: In a 68-23 win over Metrolina Christian, both girls had big games: 30 points, four rebounds, three steals for Stafford, who was 5-of-7 from 3-point range and 11-of-16 overall; 20 points, seven steals, four assists for Leak.

Jordan Williams, West Mecklenburg: game-high 24 points in a 74-70 upset win over Harding. West Meck (8-12, 3-5 SoMeck) knocked Harding (13-7, 6-2) two games behind league-leading Olympic (14-3, 7-0).

Friday’s Key Games

No. 5 South Meck (15-3, 6-1 SoMeck) at No. 1 Ardrey Kell girls (18-1, 8-0), 6 p.m.: It’s still really early but this game feels like it could decide the league title. Ardrey Kell has won 15 straight games and could get a commanding two-game conference lead – or South Meck could upset the No. 1 ranked team in the Sweet 16 and tie for first.

Myers Park (13-6, 6-3 Southwestern 4A) at No. 4 Butler (16-3, 6-3), 7:30 p.m.: Mustangs lost a big game with Rocky River (13-4, 6-2) Tuesday and has a must-win game Friday. But so does Butler, which was upset by Rocky River Thursday and has dropped into a third place tie with Butler behind Rocky River (14-4, 7-2) and Independence (18-1, 9-0). The hopes of Myers Park and Butler to win a league title are now slim, but the fight to earn a good playoff seed is real. Click here for a detailed playoff explainer.

Concord (10-9, 3-2 South Piedmont 3A) at No. 3 Concord Cox Mill (16-3, 5-0), 7:30 p.m.: Concord beat rival Kannapolis Brown on a buzzer-beater Wednesday and hopes to continue its two-game win streak Friday. Cox Mill, which has won five straight games, has a two-game lead over Concord and Northwest Cabarrus (9-8, 3-2) in the conference.

Area Stat Leaders

Boys Leaders

SCORING

Name

School

Avg.

Devon Dotson

Providence Day

28.0

Tavion Jones

Carolina International

25.7

Wendell Moore

Concord Cox Mill

24.9

Jaden Springer

Rocky River

23.9

Perez Bowser

Arborbrook Christian

23.3

Yasheem Kendrick

Cramerton Christian

22.9

Tyler Sturdivant

Back Creek Christian

22.5

Adrian Delph

Kings Mountain

22.4

Dezure Moulden

Stuart Cramer

22.3

Kobe Christian

Gastonia Highland Tech

22.3

David Schon

Hickory Tabernacle Christian

21.8

REBOUNDS

Name

School

Avg

Brooks Dover

Back Creek Christian

15.2

Kobe Christian

Gastonia Highland Tech

14.7

Aaron LeGrand

East Gaston

13.0

Dean Gilmore

Salisbury North Hills Christian

12.9

Jaylen Thompson

Grace Academy

11.7

Adrian Delph

Kings Mountain

11.2

Tyler Sturdivant

Back Creek Christian

11.0

Blake Preston

Charlotte Christian

11.0

Jonah Watson

Hickory University Christian

10.8

Jaylen Prioleau

Gastonia Piedmont Community Charter

10.8

ASSISTS

Rylan McLaurin

Charlotte Country Day

6.5

Kody Shubert

Lincoln Charter

6.5

JC Tharrington

Charlotte Christian

6.3

Adrian Delph

Kings Mountain

6.3

Marcus Henderson

Statesville Christian

6.0

Hayden Patel

Hickory University Christian

5.7

Bryon Sanders

Gastonia Ashbrook

5.6

Matt Broussard

South Charlotte Thunder

5.4

Jackson Perry

Lake Norman Christian

5.3

David Vogt

Marvin Ridge

5.3

Jaquez Cooke

South Stanly

5.2

Jordan Stowe

Concord

5.2

Girls Leaders

SCORING

Name

School

Avg.

Jessica Timmons

North Mecklenburg

26.3

Destiny Johnson

East Lincoln

22.9

Erin Cepeda

Fort Mill Comenius

22.8

Jada McMillan

Concord Robinson

22.4

Abigail Wilson

West Rowan

21.8

Kennedy Boyd

Providence Day

21.4

Janiya Downs

South Rowan

20.8

Breya Busby

United Faith

19.0

Shamani Stafford

Concord First Assembly

18.9

Aliyah Whiteside

R-S Central

18.8

REBOUNDING

Name

School

Avg

Summer Schloss

Gastonia Ashbrook

14.8

Katie Batten

Charlotte Country Day

14.6

Kaitlin Walker

Charlotte Christian

13.8

Janiya Downs

South Rowan

12.9

Yasmine Love

Gastonia Forestview

11.8

Christie Zawacki

Arborbrook Christian

11.6

Khalia Byers

Mount Holly Mountain Island Charter

11.5

Somer Wilson

Fort Mill Comenius

11.3

Jasmine Reddick

Monroe

11.1

Destiny Johnson

East Lincoln

10.8

ASSISTS

Name

School

Avg

Osha Makerson

East Rutherford

9.2

Claudia Dickey

Charlotte Latin

7.3

Destiny Johnson

East Lincoln

6.9

Erin Cepeda

Fort Mill Comenius

5.8

Sydney Brown

Gastonia Forestview

5.8

Haley Bourhill

Belmont Stuart Cramer

5.8

Nyla McGill

Providence

5.6

Chloe Sayles

Arborbrook Christian

5.6

Kennedie Gaither

Monroe Parkwood

5.3

Trinity Jones

Gastonia Ashbrook

4.9

Friday’s Schedule

Albemarle at West Montgomery

A.L. Brown at Central Cabarrus

Alexander Central at St. Stephens

Anson County at East Montgomery

Arborbrook Christian at Lake Norman Christian

Ashbrook at Crest

Ashe County at North Wilkes

Avery County at Polk County

Berry at Harding

Burns at Stuart Cramer

Cabarrus Charter at Victory Christian

Cannon School at Covenant Day

Carolina International at Union Academy

Chase at Shelby

Cheraw at Andrew Jackson

Cherryville at Piedmont Charter

Chester at Indian Land

Chesterfield at Central Pageland

Clover at Northwestern

Comenius at Word of God

Concord First Assembly at Westminster Catawba

Cox Mill at Concord

Cuthbertson at Piedmont

Draughn at Bunker Hill

East Burke at Patton

East Mecklenburg at Garinger

East Rowan at West Rowan

Forest Hills at West Stanly

Forsyth Homeschoolers at Hickory Christian

Fred T. Foard at Hibriten

Gaston Christian at SouthLake Christian

Governor’s School at McBee

Hickory Ridge at Rocky River

Hunter Huss at Kings Mountain

Jack Britt at Richmond Senior

Jay M. Robinson at Northwest Cabarrus

Lake Norman at Hough

Lamar at Great Falls

Lewisville at Timmonsville

Lincoln Charter at Bessemer City

Lincolnton at Bandys

Maiden at Lake Norman Charter

Metrolina Christian at Hickory Grove

Monroe at Sun Valley

Mount Pleasant at Gray Stone Day

Mountain Island Charter at Queens Grant

Myers Park at Butler

Nation Ford at Rock Hill

North Gaston at Forestview

North Hills Christian at Woodlawn School

North Iredell at Carson

North Lincoln at East Lincoln

North Mecklenburg at Hopewell

North Moore at North Rowan

Northside Christian at Gaston Day

Oak Grove at Salisbury

Parkwood at Marvin Ridge

Pine Lake Prep at Bradford Prep

Porter Ridge at Independence

Providence Day at Charlotte Latin

Rabun Gap Nacoochee at Charlotte Christian

R.S. Central at East Rutherford

South Caldwell at Hickory

South Davidson at South Stanly

South Iredell at Statesville

South Mecklenburg at Ardrey Kell

South Point at East Gaston

South Pointe (SC) at Ridge View

Statesville Christian in BJU Invitational (Greenville, SC) (Boys)

Thomas Jefferson Academy at Highland Tech

University Christian at United Faith

Uwharrie Charter at North Stanly

Vance at Mooresville

Watauga at McDowell

Weddington at Charlotte Catholic

West Caldwell at Freedom

West Charlotte at Mallard Creek

West Davidson at South Rowan

West Lincoln at Newton Conover

West Mecklenburg at Olympic

York at Lancaster

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