↑RaeQuan Scott, Butler: Senior guard committed to Lees McRae Thursday.
↑Vance: After winning six games in the 2014-15 season, Vance is 7-2 this season and on a six-game win streak. Vance got 53 combined points from guards Marcus Neal and Cam Hamilton in Wednesday’s 73-65 win over Hunter Huss.
↑Ray Kowalksi, Concord: Senior, signed to play at Southeast Mississippi State, topped 30 points twice this week and averages 25.6 for Concord (5-1), No. 3 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll.
↑Sage Surratt, East Lincoln: career-high 37 points, 10 rebounds in Wednesday’s 71-51 win against North Lincoln. Cameron Dollar had 15 points and sophomore Coleson Leach had a career-high nine points.
▪ Mountain Island Charter beat Cherryville 77-71 Wednesday and Patrick Austin posted his fourth double-double in five games: 14 points, 13 rebounds. Shaddai Boots had 27 points and seven assists for MIC.
▪ Two of the area’s hottest teams are in Union County. Cuthbertson, which made the N.C. 3A Western regionals last season, is 7-0. Weddington (7-1) has won six straight behind junior forward Ryan Schwieger, who is averaging 19 points, nine rebounds and three assists. The teams meet at Cuthbertson Jan. 5.
▪ Vance girls’ freshman Dazia Lawrence set a school scoring record in her first game this season. She hasn’t let up. She had 28 points, nine rebounds in Wednesday’s 66-42 win over Hunter Huss. Sophomore Ahlana Smith added 18 points, seven rebounds, five steals, four assists and two blocks. Vance plays at Kannapolis Brown Friday.
Friday’s Top Girls’ Games
No. 2 Hopewell (7-0, 1-0 MECKA 8) at No. 3 Mallard Creek (6-0, 1-0), 6 p.m.: Mallard Creek upset Myers Park last week, ending the Mustangs’ 93-game win streak against Mecklenburg County teams. Now, Mallard Creek faces another test against one of the league title favorites. Hopewell doesn’t have a double-figure scorer but averages nearly 20 steals per game.
No. 4 Myers Park (5-1) at No. 11 Hough (5-3), 6 p.m.: Myers Park, the two-time reigning N.C. 4A champion, is allowing just 44 points per game. Hough comes off a 46-34 loss to No. 2 Hopewell this week and faces its second straight top 5 team.
Friday’s Top Boys’ Games
No. 2 North Mecklenburg (8-0, 1-0) vs. No. 8 West Charlotte (3-2, 1-0) at J.C. Smith, Friday, 7:30 p.m.: One of the top rivalries in Mecklenburg County renews. North Mecklenburg appear to be one of the state’s best teams, regardless of class. The Vikings’ average margin of victory is 34.2 points. West Charlotte has lost two of its past three games.
No. 7 Cox Mill (7-0, 4-0 South Piedmont 3A) at No. 3 Concord (5-1, 3-1), 7:30 p.m.: Concord was upset 72-67 by Hickory Ridge Monday, when North Carolina coach Roy Williams came to watch Concord 6-7 sophomore point guard Rechon Black. The Spiders want to keep pace with unbeatn conference rivals Concord Robinson and Cox Mill. Cox Mill got 18 points and seven rebounds from Messiah Baptiste to beat Lake Norman Charter 69-66 Wednesday.
Hickory Ridge (4-1, 2-1 South Piedmont 3A) at No. 4 Concord Robinson (5-0, 3-0), 7:30 p.m.: Hickory Ridge goes for its second big upset in the week, facing Robinson and junior point guard Lavar Batts Jr., who is averages 23 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Albemarle at Sun Valley
Arborbrook Christian at Central Academy at Lake Park
Ashbrook at Stuart Cramer
Asheville Christian at Davidson Day
Australian Travel Team at Gaston Day
Bessemer City at Piedmont Charter
Butler at East Mecklenburg
Charlotte Country Day at Durham Academy
Charlotte United Christian at Carolina Christian
Cherryville at Lincoln Charter
Chester at York
Christ the King at Hickory Christian
Clover at Charlotte Latin
Community School of Davidson at Pine Lake Prep
Covenant Day at Metrolina Christian
Cox Mill at Concord
East Gaston at South Point
East Lincoln at Bandys
East Rowan at Northwest Cabarrus
Forest Hills at Piedmont
Fort Mill at Westwood
Garinger at Rocky River
Great Falls at Westminster Catawba
Harding at Charlotte Catholic
Hickory Grove at Concord First Assembly
Hopewell at Mallard Creek
Hunter Huss at North Gaston
Independence at Porter Ridge
Indian Land at Marvin Ridge
Jay M. Robinson at Hickory Ridge
Lake Norman Charter at Forestview
Lincolnton at West Lincoln
Monroe at Cuthbertson
Mooresville at Statesville
Mountain Island Charter at Queens Grant
Mount Pleasant at Weddington
Myers Park at Hough
Nation Ford at Fairfield Central
New Life Christian at Crossroads Charter
North Lincoln at North Iredell
North Mecklenburg at West Charlotte
Northwestern vs. Zion Lutheran (FL) in Bojangles Bash (at Ridge View High (SC))
Olympic at Ardrey Kell
South Iredell at Alexander Central
SouthLake Christian at Cannon School
South Mecklenburg at Berry
South Pointe (SC) at Rock Hill
Thomas Jefferson Academy at Highland Tech
United Faith at Statesville Christian
Vance at A.L. Brown
West Iredell at Lake Norman
West Mecklenburg at Providence
West Rowan at Central Cabarrus
Woodlawn School at Carmel Christian
York Prep at Grace Academy
Carmel Christian at Christ the King
United Christian at Northside Christian
Durham Academy at Covenant Day
Forest Hills at Anson
Lincoln Charter at Myrtle Beach Christian (Boys only)
Providence Day at Victory Christian (Boys), 3
Trinity Christian at Providence Day (Girls), 2