High School Sports

HS Basketball Gameday 12.15.15


Zaria Wright, Concord First Assembly girls: Wright, one of the area’s top scorers, suffered a severe ankle sprain in her team’s third game against Northside Christian Dec. 1. She likely won’t be back until next week.

Rock Hill girls: Beat S.C. 3A No. 1 Lancaster 54-51 and then Sweet 16 No. 14 Rock Hill South Pointe 70-44 last week. Sophomore RiKoya Anderson averaged 13 points, 10 rebounds and two steals in the wins.

Providence Day girls: Chargers are 9-0, ranked No. 1 in the Observer’s Sweet 16, No. 15 nationally by MaxPreps and No. 19 nationally by USA Today. Senior Erin Whalen is averaging 21 points, shooting 91 percent from the free throw line, 66 percent on 2-point field goal attempts and 46 percent on 3-point attempts.

Providence Day boys: Chargers, No. 1 in the Observer’s Sweet 16, are shooting 52 percent as a team from the field and are making 60 percent of their two-point attempts this season. Providence Day is ranked No. 37 in the Fab 50 national poll.

Girls Players of the Week


Sarah Billiard, Covenant Day: 15 points, 18 rebounds in 49-33 win over Metrolina Christian Friday; 14 points, 26 rebounds in a 49-36 win over Hickory Grove Tuesday. Since returning from injury, Billiard has 84 rebounds in four games.


Miya Bull, East Mecklenburg: 29 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks in a 62-42 win over Independence Tuesday.

Izzy Clark, Rock Hill South Pointe: 14 points, 12 rebounds, six steals in a 46-31 win over Fort Mill Tuesday.

Molly Mann, Weddington: career-high 27 points and nine rebounds in 79-37 win over Mount Pleasant Friday.

Jenesai Mohammad, Concord First Assembly: 34 points, six steals, four rebounds, three assists in 59-55 win over Hickory Grove Friday.

Boys Players of the Week


Ray Kowalski, Concord: 91 points in three games last week, including 30 in a showdown win over Cabarrus County rival Cox Mill Friday


Lavar Batts, Concord Robinson: 32 points, five rebounds, five assists in 84-59 win over Northwest Cabarrus.

Justyn Hamilton, Independence: 6-9 junior center had 17 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and five blocks in a 70-58 win over Porter Ridge Friday.

Bates Jones, Charlotte Latin: 24 points, 10 rebounds in a 61-59 win over Clover. Latin trailed by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter.

Sage Surratt, East Lincoln: career-high 37 points, 10 rebounds in Wednesday’s 71-51 win against North Lincoln. Then career-high 38 points in 84-41 win over Bandys Friday.

Tuesday’s Top Games

No. 5 Hopewell girls (7-1, 1-1 MECKA) at No. 13 North Mecklenburg (8-1, 2-0), 6: North Meck has won three in a row and now takes aim at a MECKA conference favorite. Hopewell, then No. 2 in the Sweet 16, was upset by Mallard Creek Friday. Tuesday’s boys game could be good. Unranked Hopewell (6-2) has won three in a row. North Meck is unbeaten and No. 2 in the Sweet 16.

No. 3 Concord Robinson (6-0, 4-0 South Piedmont 3A) at No. 8 Cox Mill (7-1, 4-1), 7:30: Robinson’s Lavar Batts (21.2 ppg), Jordan McKenzie (14.8) and Daniel Spencer (14.8) are having huge years for Robinson. Cox Mill, beaten by Concord Friday, cannot afford to get too far behind the leader in what’s going to be a tough conference title race.

West Charlotte (4-3, 1-1 MECKA) at No. 15 Vance (8-2, 1-0), 7:30: West Charlotte has lost two of its last four games -- to Sweet 16 top 5 North Meck and Charlotte Catholic. Vance has won seven straight to beat its 2014-15 win total, already, by two games.

Tuesday’s HS Basketball Schedule

Alexander Central at North Iredell

Anson at Monroe

Ardrey Kell at Harding

Carson at Concord

Central Academy at Cuthbertson

Central Cabarrus at South Rowan

Cheraw at Indian Land

Cherryville at Community School of Davidson

Clover at Rock Hill

Comenius at First Assembly Monroe

Crossroads Charter at North Rowan

East Gaston at Lake Norman Charter

East Lincoln at Lincolnton

Gaffney at York

Grace Academy at Victory Christian

Hickory Ridge at Northwest Cabarrus

Highland Tech at Lincoln Charter

Hopewell at North Mecklenburg

Independence at Weddington

Jay M. Robinson at Cox Mill

Lancaster at Nation Ford

Mallard Creek at Hough

Marvin Ridge at Parkwood

Mooresville at North Lincoln

Myers Park at Butler

North Gaston at Ashbrook

Northwestern at Fort Mill

Olympic at Charlotte Catholic

Pine Lake Prep at Bessemer City

Porter Ridge at Garinger

Providence at Berry

Rocky River at East Mecklenburg

South Iredell at West Iredell

South Mecklenburg at West Mecklenburg

South Point at Hunter Huss

Statesville at Lake Norman

Statesville Christian at Carmel Christian

Stuart Cramer at Forestview

Sun Valley at Forest Hills

West Charlotte at Vance

West Lincoln at Bunker Hill

Westminster Catawba at Great Falls

Woodlawn School at Arborbrook Christian