↑Duane Lewis, Lauren Lewis: Duane is longtime head boys basketball coach at North Meck. His daughter, Lauren, a former North Meck player is now girls coach at Independence. Thursday night, the Lewis’ two schools played.
↓Lack of the middle class: Observer-area basketball teams either seem to be really strong or struggling in the early season.
↑Mallard Creek girls: Scored with six seconds left and ended Myers Park’s 93-game win streak against Mecklenburg County teams.
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No. 6 Mallard Creek girls 48, No. 2 Myers Park 47: Myers Park, ranked No. 25 nationally by USA Today, lost for the first time in nearly five years to a Mecklenburg County team Thursday after Jania Davis’ game-winning layup with six seconds to play. Mallard Creek (5-0) led most of the game and by as many as 12. Myers Park (4-1), the two-time defending N.C. 4A champs, rallied to take the lead on a couple free throws with 32 seconds left. Chantel Williams had 18 and Kayla Davis 12 for Mallard Creek. McKenna Haire had 14 for the Mustangs.
No. 2 North Mecklenburg 79, No. 11 Independence 56: North Meck (6-0) continued a strong early-season run. The Vikings got up 25-15 early and cruised behind 22 points from senior forward Jaylen McManus and 20 points and four assists from senior guard Davion Mintz. Marcus Thomas (15 points) led Independence.
No. 3 Charlotte Christian girls 48, Hickory Grove 34: Kerstie Phills had 17 to lead the Knights to the win. Christian (5-0) led 30-12 at halftime. Nya Tillery had 12 for Hickory Grove (3-3).
No. 3 Concord 89, East Rowan 62: Alon Parker had 27 points and Ray Kowalski, a Southeast Missouri State recruit, added 18 points and four rebounds in an easy win for the Spiders. Concord led 45-20 at halftime.
No. 5 Davidson Day girls 74, Concord First Assembly 34: Davidson Day (4-2) busted open the game by winning the third quarter 25-5. Concord First Assembly (2-2) made just 11-of-47 field goals and played without star Zaria Wright. Seniors Jenesai Mohammad and Emma Brooks had 15 points each for First Assembly. Davidson Day had five players in double figures led by Courtney Meadows (16), Maya Caldwell (15)
No. 8 Ardrey Kell girls 65, North Rowan 46: Chase Muhammad had 21 points and Deniyah Lutz 10 as Ardrey Kell (4-2) picked up an easy win.
No. 16 North Mecklenburg girls 72, Independence 33: North Meck (5-0) outscored Independence (0-4) 34-11 in the second and third quarters to run off to an easy win. Monell Dunlap had 19 points and Shi’Naya Lester had 16 to lead the Vikings. Camille Small had 16 for Independence.
Charlotte Christian 57, Hickory Grove 50: Trailing 17-11 after the first quarter, Charlotte Christian rallied to win on the road. Knights sophomore Terrelle Brown, son of Knights’ coach Shonn Brown, had eight points, nine rebounds, eight assists and four steals.
Myers Park 61, Mallard Creek 56: Myers Park outscored Mallard Creek 15-10 in the fourth quarter of a tight game Thursday. Davrion Grier had 13 points and Isaac Suffren and Henry Richards had 11 each for the Mustangs. John Locke led Mallard Creek with 17.
Concord Cannon 74, Pine Lake Prep 60: Jordan Battle had 19 points and Zion Hendrix had 11 assists and four steals to help spark the win. Eito Yuminami had 23 points to lead Pine Lake Prep.
Concord First Assembly 92, Davidson Day 51: Nenad Milkenkovic had 33 points to lead First Assembly to an easy win at home. Marquise Beasley had 10 points. Myles McGregor, a Presbyterian recruit, had 30 for Davidson Day.
Fort Mill 71, Rock Hill South Pointe 55: Tanner Mitchell had 17 points and Austin Grainger and AJ Foti had 10 each to help spark the win for Fort Mill (4-1).
Marvin Ridge girls 54, Indian Land 51: Casey Bigham had 14 and Maddy Griffin 12 to lead the Mavericks. Kate Komorous had 25 for Indian Land.
North Rowan 66, Ardrey Kell 61: Jalen Sanders had 31 to leads North Rowan (4-0) to a narrow win over Ardrey Kell (1-5). Knights junior Wes Morgan had a career-high 22 points off a career-high six made 3-pointers. Nathan Wilson added 15 for the Knights.
Thursday’s Top Performers
Sarah Billiard, Covenant Day girls: 19 points, 23 rebounds, 11 blocks in 59-44 win over Forest Hills. Billiard was playing in just her second game this season since coming back from a tailbone injury.
Rechon Black, Concord: The state’s No. 1 recruit in the class of 2018 had eight points, 10 rebounds, 15 assists, four blocks and three steals in a 89-62 win over East Rowan. He played just 20 of the game’s 32 minutes.
Emma Brooks, Concord First Assembly girls: 15 points, eight rebounds, three steals in 74-34 loss to No. 5 Davidson Day.
Jairus Hamilton, Concord Cannon: 6-8 sophomore had 24 points, 12 rebounds in 74-60 win over Pine Lake Prep.
Shawn Morrison Jr., Grace Academy: 25 points, three rebounds, two assists in 78-58 loss to Charlotte United (2-9).
Nico Payne, Concord First Assembly: 17 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks in 92-51 win over Davidson Day.
Rob Peterson, Charlotte Christian: Son of former UNC basketball player Buzz Peterson, the Knights forward had 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 57-50 win over Hickory Grove.
Zaccheus Rorie, Forest Hills: 16 points, seven rebounds, seven assists in a 97-70 win over Covenant Day. Teammate Desmond Lindsey had 24 points for Forest Hills (3-0).