High School Sports

HS Basketball Roundup: No. 7 Butler handles No. 13 Hough 72-54


Providence Day: Chargers boys, No. 1 in the Sweet 16, upset Greensboro Day 55-50 Tuesday. Greensboro Day (8-1) was ranked No. 19 nationally by MaxPreps. In five days, Providence Day has beaten three nationally ranked teams, following wins over former USA Today No. 22 Raleigh Word of God and former USA Today No. 12 High Point Christian.

Charlotte Catholic unselfishness: Cougars beat Covenant Day 87-72 and had 24 assists on 31 made field goals. Jack Larkin had 10 assists and nine points.

Ardrey Kell girls: No. 8 Knights with decisive 67-40 win over No. 7 Rocky River. Chase Muhammad led the Knights with 19.

Northside Christian: beat Concord First Assembly 69-65 to avenge loss to CFA in 2015 N.C. private school 2A state final. Junior guard Chris Martin had 15 for the Knights.

Tuesday’s Boys’ Roundup

No. 1 Providence Day 55, Greensboro Day 50: The Chargers (5-2) won their fifth straight game, despite losing a double-digit late. Greensboro Day tied the game late in the fourth quarter, but the Chargers got key late baskets and free throws from sophomore guards Devon Dotson (20 points, four assists) and Trey Wertz (14 points, three rebounds) and senior forward Grant Williams (14 points, eight rebounds). JP Moorman and John Newman combined for 30 points for the Bengals (8-1). The Chargers swept High Point Christian, High Point Wesleyan and Greensboro Day in regular-season play for the first time in more than 15 seasons.

No. 2 North Mecklenburg 95, Lake Norman 49: Jaylen McManus had 15 points to lead the Vikings. North led 54-20 at halftime.

No. 3 Concord 77, South Rowan 46: Sophomore Rechon Black had 11 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and two steals in an easy win. Jordan Rotan had 11 points for Concord.

No. 7 Butler 72, No. 13 Hough 54: Butler ended a two-game losing streak by outscoring Hough 27-9 in the second quarter. Davis Cheek (14 points) and RaeQuan Scott (13) led Butler. Ben Topp had 12 for Hough (3-1).

No. 11 Independence 70, West Meck 33: The Patriots (3-0) outscored West Meck 54-18 in the first half of an easy win. Matthew Statile (15 points) and Marcus Thomas (11) led the Patriots.

No. 15 Sun Valley 73, Central Academy 29: Sun Valley (3-2) limited Central Academy to 15 points in the final three quarters. Hughston Finklea had 16 points and Jeremiah Miller 14 for the Spartans. Hezekaih House had nine for Central (0-4).

Garinger 68, Mallard Creek 54: Rayshawn Neal had 20 points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks to help his team move to 4-1. Brandon Faison had 13 for Mallard Creek (0-4).

South Meck 71, Myers Park 56: Khayleb Connelly had 25 points and Jalen Blakeney 21 for the Sabres, who led by 21 points through three quarters. Davon Grier (15) and Zailon Peeler (12) led the Mustangs.

Vance 65, Hunter Huss 42: Marcus Neal had 19 points, four rebounds and two assists and helped his team to a 23-12 first-quarter advantage and easy win. Blake Wilson had 15 for Huss.

Carmel Christian 71, Hickory Christian 62: Brett Swilling, a 6-6 sophomore, had 19 points and four steals to lead Carmel, which got 18 points and seven rebounds from 6-10 Mac Brydon. Landon Smith led Hickory Christian with 25.

Gaston Day 71, Westminster Catawba 37: Brandon Reeves had 22 and Quan McCluney 15 in the easy win for the Spartans (3-1). Christopher Pickel had 13 for Westminster (0-4).

Hopewell 60, Lake Norman Charter 57: Brian Smart had 15 points and Christopher Lewis and Jaylon Acker 11 each to lead Hopewell to the overtime win. Troy Cracknell had 18 for Lake Norman Charter.

Forest Hills 82, Piedmont 53: Desmond Lindsey had 21 points, nine rebounds in the win. Hunter Tyson had 20 for Piedmont.

Boys’ Top Performers

Lavar Batts Jr, Concord Robinson: 34 points, 10 rebounds in a 96-84 win over Central Cabarrus for Robinson, No. 4 in the Sweet 16. Teammates Jordan McKenzie (17 points, nine assists, seven rebounds) and Javonte Misenheimer (14 points, 13 rebounds) also had big games.

Michael Grigg, Christ The King: 29 points in a 68-56 win over United Faith. Jason Tate had 25 for United Faith.

Ray Kowalski, Concord: Southeast Missouri State signee had 31 points in 77-46 win over South Rowan.

BJ Mack, Josh Brodowicz, Charlotte Catholic: Mack had 29 points, seven rebounds and Brodowicz had 20 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals in an 87-72 win over Covenant Day.

Myles McGregor, Davidson Day: 29 points in 69-47 win over Community School of Davidson.

Wendell Moore, Cox Mill: Freshman had career-high 29 points, nine rebounds in 73-57 win over Hickory Ridge.

Nico Payne, Concord First Assembly: 27 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks in 69-65 loss to Northside Christian.

Ryan Schweiger, Weddington: 22 points, 20 rebounds in a 64-44 win over Parkwood. It was his first career 20-rebound game.

Grant Stouer, Greater Cabarrus: 32 points in 66-65 win over Grace Academy. Shawn Morrison had 26 points, four assists, three steals for Grace (1-4)

Nathan Wilson, Ardrey Kell: Career-high 21 points on a career-high four 3-point shots in a 65-55 win over Rocky River. Ardrey Kell (1-4) got its first win, plus 12 points each from 6-1 sophomore David Kasanganay and 6-7 junior Wes Morgan.

Tuesday’s Girls’ Roundup

No. 1 Providence Day 63, Greensboro Day 26: Janelle Bailey had 20 points for the Chargers, who improved to 5-0 with an easy win.

No. 2 Myers Park 74, South Meck 51: Myers Park (4-0), ranked No. 25 in USA Today’s national poll, led 32-23 at halftime but blew the game open with a 17-4 third quarter. Kianna Funderburk and Ariyanna Brown had 18 points each for South Meck. Ali Fitch had 18 for South Meck (2-2).

No. 6 Mallard Creek 81, Garinger 24: The Mavericks (4-0) led 37-1 after the first quarter. Kala Brown had 14 for the Mavericks.

Butler 48, No. 8 Hough 45 OT: Fairen Sutton, on the night she was honored for scoring her 1,000th career point, had 17 points in the overtime upset. Rinnah Green added 12. Gabby Gianikos led Hough (3-1) with 14.

No. 12 Hickory Ridge 71, Cox Mill 35: Laura McManimen had 14 points, four steals and three assists for Hickory Ridge, which also got 14 points and seven rebounds from freshman Nia Daniel. Sydney Miller had 13 rebounds.

No. 14 Charlotte Catholic 58, Covenant Day 27: Kristal Mainsah had 11 points to lead Catholic (2-2) to an easy win. Catholic led 17-2 after the first quarter.

Vance 57, Hunter Huss 26: Dazia Lawrence, who is averaging 28 points after three games, had 22 for Vance (2-1). Cougars senior Arie Richardson had a career high 10.

Providence 48, Marvin Ridge 46: After trailing 18-7 after the first quarter, Providence rallied for the win behind 14 points from Carrie Barnett. Megan Glover (13) and Casey Bigham (11) led Marvin Ridge (1-3)

Girls’ Top Performers

Maya Caldwell, Davidson Day: 22 points, seven rebounds, three steals in a 68-38 win over Community School of Davidson.

Mahaley Holit, Central Cabarrus: Game-high 31 points, five assists in 63-60 win over rival Concord Robinson.

Eleah Parker, Northside Christian: 31 points, 16 rebounds, four blocks and two steals in a 55-49 win over Concord First Assembly. CFA’s Zaria Wright had 24 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Chanin Scott, Myers Park: 22 points, 10 rebounds in 74-51 win over South Meck. Scott scored her 1,000th career point.

Ahlana Smith, Vance: 22 points, nine rebounds, seven steals, five assists in a 57-26 win over Hunter Huss.

Erin Whalen, Providence Day: career-high 32 points, 12 rebounds in 63-26 win over Greensboro Day for Vanderbilt signee.