↑Rock Hill girls: Beat rival Rock Hill Northwestern 78-30 behind 15 points from RiKoya Anderson Thursday. Rock Hill (17-2, 7-0) is No. 7 in the S.C. 4A coaches poll and No. 7 in the Observer’s Sweet 16.
↑Gary Gadsden, United Faith: Superb job coaching a young Falcons team in a loss to a more talented Carmel Christian team. Gadsden’s also got one of the area’s more underrated players in sophomore point guard Jon Hicklin, a 6-foot-3 bull who is averaging 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists per game.
↑Jada Black, Concord girls: 10 points in a 57-36 win over East Rowan Thursday, plus double-doubles in wins Tuesday and Wednesday.
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↑Brett Swilling, Carmel Christian: 11 points, eight rebounds and four steals playing against his old school, United Faith Christian Thursday. Swilling and Carmel won 88-76 in front of a standing room only crowd.
Thursday’s Boys Roundup
No. 4 Concord 89, East Rowan 63: The Spiders were playing their third game in three nights and coach Jason Stowe sat three starters – Keenan Black, Ray Kowalski and Hamsah Nasirildeen. Justin Vaught and Bryan DeArmas led the Spiders with 14 points each in a rout. Concord led 46-31 at halftime.
No. 15 Lincoln Charter 84, Cherryville 51: Sophomore Kody Shubert made five-of-eight three-point attempts and finished with 21 points. He also had seven assists, six rebounds and four steals. Freshman Jackson Gabriel made six 3-pointers and had 20 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Junior Trey Johnsen added 17 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals in an easy win.
Lake Norman Charter 62, Forestview 45: Sophomore Connor Reed had 19 points and junior Grayson “Goose” Hickert added 18 and 14 rebounds in an easy win. Lake Norman Charter (11-6, 7-1 Big South) held Forestview to just 11 points in the first half.
Ardrey Kell 73, West Meck 48: Sophomore David Kasangany had a career-high 11, Michael Crosby had 11, Khdir Brinkley had 12 and Wes Morgan had a team-high 14 for the Knights. West Meck led 16-5 after the first quarter and cruised.
Grace Academy 68, Arborbrook Christian 54: Shawn Morrison Jr. had 21 ponits, eight assists and three steals, and Eric Evans added 18 points and seven rebounds in the win. Ian Noble had 20 for Arborbrook, which was outscored 31-14 in the second quarter.
Harding 70, South Meck 68: Yakim Jenkins had 30 points for Harding and the Rams got 12 each from Edward Chambers and Karl Hankton in the upset win. Khayleb Connelly led the Sabres with 18 points.
Olympic 55, Providence 52: Jordan Chambers had 20 points and Aaron Barker 15 for Olympic, which won a close game on the road. Luiz Machado Jr. had 15 for Providence and Drake DeIuliis had 11.
Thursday’s Boys Top Performers
Lavar Batts Jr., Concord Robinson: 18 points, six assists, four rebounds in an 88-71 win over Carson.
Mac Brydon, Carmel Christian: 15 points, 16 rebounds in an 88-76 win over United Faith.
Jon Hicklin, United Faith: 21 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and three blocks in an 88-76 loss to Carmel Christian.
Qon Murphy, Hough: 6-5 sophomore guard had game-high 22 points, six rebounds and five assists in a 62-57 win over Hopewell (9-8, 3-4). Hough (13-5, 5-2), No. 9 in the Observer’s Sweet 16, got 15 from Ben Topp.
Daniel Spencer, Concord Robinson: 20 ponts, 10 rebounds in an 88-71 win over Carson.
Sage Surratt, East Lincoln: 35 points in a 99-50 win over Bandys. Surratt tied the school-record with seven made 3-point shots. Teammate Hayden Duggins had 30 points and Cam Dollar added 16 points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists. East Lincoln has defeated Bandys 16 straight times since the 1997 season.
Marcus Thomas, Independence: 30 points, seven rebounds, one steal in a 65-59 win over East Meck.
Thursday’s Girls Roundup
No. 5 Ardrey Kell 67, West Meck 18: Danielle Griffin had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Knights in a rout. Chase Muhammad had 11 and D’Shara Booker had 10 for the Knights. West Meck scored 11 points in the final three quarters.
Hough 42, No. 8 Hopewell 39: Gabby Gianikos and Renee Alquiza each had 13 points in the upset win. Hough won after the teams were tied going into the fourth quarter.
Christ The King 56, Arborbrook Christian 30: Catherine Strickland had 23 points and Marie Strickland 18 in an easy win. Arborbrook got 16 points from Grace Battle but was unable to score in double figures in any of the four eight-minute quarters.
East Meck 44, Independence 37: Khadejah Davis had 16 points and Miya Bull 10 for the Eagles in the win. Independence tried to mount a rally in the fourth quarter, but fell short.
Providence 56, Olympic 45: Carrie Barnett had 19 points and six rebounds for the Panthers and Grace Shires added 12 points and three assists. Providence trailed 7-4 after the first quarter but rallied to win. Moriah Terry and Jayla LeFlore had 12 each for Olympic.
Thursday’s Girls Top Performers
Maya Caldwell, Davidson Day: 16 points, 12 steals in a 75-8 win over Rock Hill Westminster Catawba.
A’Lea Gilbert, Aja Stevens, South Mecklenburg: Gilbert had a career-high 34 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks in a 74-43 win over Harding. Aja Stevens had 10 points, a career-high 17 assists, six rebounds and five steals.
Destiny Johnson, East Lincoln: 24 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block in a 60-45 win over Bandys. Teammate Eboni Tinsley chipped in with 19 points and two assists.
Sarah Novroski, Lake Norman Charter: noched her eighth double-double of the season: 11 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks in a 53-39 win over Forestview.
Gabby Smith, Hickory Ridge: 20 points, 10 rebounds in an 81-51 win over Central Cabarrus. Mahaley Holit had 28 for Central.