↓Late starting times: Granted it was Friday, but more than a few girls’ games were just reaching halftime about or after 8 p.m., meaning boys’ games would start much later than the scheduled 7:30. Let’s hope this is not a trend.
↑Zaria Wright, Concord First Assembly girls: Made 14 of 26 shots to score 45 points in a 71-65 overtime win over Northside Christian. She added four rebounds and four assists. Eleah Parker had 25 points for Northside.
↑Forest Hills: Boys hit 18 3-point shots in a 94-62 win over Mount Pleasant. Forest Hills (18-2, 6-0 Rocky River) got 17 points and 13 rebounds from freshman Nas Tyson.
↑Concord girls: Spiders won their fifth straight, beating Cox Mill 68-50. Jamya Patton had 16 points and made all four of her 3-point attempts.
↑Malik Gingles, Ashbrook: scored 52 points in his past two games.
No. 1 Mallard Creek 61, Hough 49: Kayla Brown had 16, Janay Sanders 14 and Chantel Williams 13 to leads the Mavericks to a key MECKA 4A win. Gabby Gianikos had 10 for Hough.
No. 2 Providence Day 69, Cannon 24: Point guard Kennedy Boyd, shooting guard Erin Whalen and center Janelle Bailey all had 17 points for the Chargers in an easy win. Providence Day outscored Cannon 26-0 in the third quarter. Providence Day senior Tori Powell had a career-high 11.
No. 5 Ardrey Kell 48, Harding 43: Chase Muhammad had 18 points and Danielle Griffin 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Knights (16-4, 10-0 SoMeck 8 4A) avoied the upset. Shameka McNeil (23 points) and Shareka McNeil (18) led Harding.
No. 8 Weddington 68, Marvin Ridge 50: Erin Addison had 17 points to lead Weddington, which busted the game open by outscoring Marvin Ridge 18-4 in the second quarter.
No. 9 Hickory Ridge 62, Concord Robinson 23: Hickory Ridge (17-2, 13-1 South Piedmont) got 13 points, four steals and three assists from Laura McManimen and 12 from Gabby Smith in an easy win.
No. 10 Berry 54, Providence 38: Ra’shika White had 18 points to lead Berry. Jay Jay Askew had eight to lead Providence.
Charlotte Christian 40, Covenant Day 29: Kerstie Phills had 15 points and Gerlea Patton 10 as Charlotte Christian (13-8) got a CISAA win. Covenant Day’s Sarah Billiard had 15 points and 15 rebounds, but her team didn’t score more than nine points in a quarter.
Charlotte Latin 54, Country Day 40: Country Day guard Dee Ellis made a half-court shot at the buzzer at halftime, but Latin controlled the game behind 11 points from Claudia Dickey. Lucy Pedlow had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Country Day.
Community School of Davidson 57, Mountain Island Charter 40: Anna Lavella had 16 points for Community School of Davidson and Karli Fekete added 14. Community School of Davidson led 20-0 after the first quarter. Asia Washington had 27 points, seven rebounds and five steals for Mountain Island Charter.
West Charlotte 53, Vance 45: Laila Barnes had 14 points and Anisa Ali had 11 to spark the win. West Charlotte outscored Vance 12-2 in the third quarter. Vance got 18 points from freshman Dazia Lawrence.
Monroe 52, Central Academy 10: Tanaja Stevenson had 22 points in an easy win for Monroe (12-2).
West Rowan 72, Central Cabarrus 33: Mahaley Holit scored 25 for Central Cabarrus, but West Rowan’s defense dominated. Central Cabarrus scored eight points in the first quarter and three in the fourth.
Girls Top Performers
Kiera Dowell, Charlotte Latin: 15 points, seven steals, four rebounds in a 54-40 win over Country Day.
Carrie Eberle, Charlotte Catholic: 14 points, 13 rebounds, six blocks in 57-34 win over Olympic. Catholic improved to 13-7, 7-3 in the SoMeck 8 4A.
Destiny Johnson, East Lincoln: 35 points, eight steals, five rebounds, four assists, one block in a 68-47 win over Bunker Hill.
Remi Roberts, Weddington: 14 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals, three blocks in win over Marvin Ridge. Weddington (17-2, 6-0 Southern Carolina 3A) has won eight straight.
Aja Stevens, A’Lea Gilbert, South Meck: 15 points, eight rebounds, six steals, five rebounds in a 52-25 win over West Meck for Stevens. Gilbert added 10 points, seven rebounds, four blocks.
Catherine and Marie Strickland, Christ the King: Catherine had 28 points and Marie 16 in a 55-49 win over Statesville Christian.
Parker Thompkins, Maya Caldwell, Davidson Day: In a 73-71 overtime win over High Point Wesleyan, Thompkins had 27 points and 10 rebounds. Caldwell had 21 points and five rebounds. Davidson Day (20-2) took over first place in the PACIS conference, despite three starters fouling out.
No. 3 Charlotte Catholic 51, Olympic 37: Justin McKinstry had 12 points to lead the Cougars. The Cougars remained unbeaten with a 21-10 spurt in the third quarter. Olympic’s Clifford Taylor IV had a game-high 34 points.
No. 8 Berry 73, Providence 57: Tevin Heath had 24 points, Jamarius Burton 17 and Chandler Murray 14 to lead the Cardinals. Luiz Machado, Zach Rabinowitz and Jonathan Davenport each had nine for Providence, which trailed by just two points late in the third quarter.
No. 9 Hough 57, Mallard Creek 41: Sophomore Cooper Crawford led Hough with 17 points and the Huskies got 11 from Ben Topp and 10 from Ryan Friday in an easy win. Larry Matkins had 11 for the Mavericks.
Ardrey Kell 56, Harding 44: Wes Morgan had 17 points and Nathan Wilson 15 to lead the Knights (10-10, 6-4 SoMeck 8 4A). Ardrey Kell began the season 1-6. Yakim Jenkins had nine for Harding.
Charlotte Country Day 67, Charlotte Latin 62: Christien Williams had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Emerson Pierce added 13 points and 10 rebounds as Country Day (8-15, 1-4) pulled off a big CISAA upset of Latin (11-9, 3-2). Latin got 24 points from Parker Julian and 20 from Bates Jones.
Community School of Davidson 72, Mountain Island Charter 59: 16 points and 10 rebounds from John McKibbin led Community School of Davidson to the win.
Concord First Assembly 51, Northside Christian 49: First Assembly got 16 points and 16 rebounds from Nico Payne in an upset. Northside got 20 points from Chris Martin and 15 from Nate Hinton but dropped to 15-5 overall, 9-1 in the Metrolina Athletic conference. SouthLake Christian entered Friday with just one conference loss.
Covenant Day 63, Charlotte Christian 59: Noah Biggerstaff had 16 points and Percy Johnson scored 10 of his 14 in the fourth quarter for Covenant Day, which beat Charlotte Christian on the road for the first time. Rob Peterson had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Charlotte Christian.
South Mecklenburg 75, West Meck 49: On homecoming, the Sabres got 26 points from Jalen Blakeney and 24 from Khayleb Connelly in an easy win. The Sabres outscored West Meck 39-19 in the second half. Dyami Brown led the Hawks with 18.
West Charlotte 47, Vance 45: The Lions outscored Vance 13-9 in the fourth quarter to win a close game. West Charlotte’s Daequan Hatchet hit the game-winner at the buzzer. The Lions got 17 points from Jalen Knight. Eric Edwards, Cam Hamilton and Marcus Neal had 13 points for Vance.
Gaston Day 68, Westminster Catawba 37: Sophomores M.J. Armstrong (18 points) and Quan McCluney (16) led the Spartans to an easy win. Gaston Day led 50-25 at halftime.
High Point Wesleyan 94, Davidson Day 66: Myles McGregor had 27 points and Joe Hartman 16 for Davidson Day. Wake Forest recruit Brandon Childress led Wesleyan with 19.
Lake Norman 84, South Iredell 60: Brian Dow had 22 points and helped Lake Norman (10-9, 8-2 North Piedmont) to the easy win. Brady Pope had 13 for South Iredell (6-10, 4-6) which trailed by two after the first quarter but was outscored 24-7 in the second.
Boys Top Performers
Leaky Black, Concord; Wendell Moore, Cox Mill: Black, a 6-foot-7 sophomore, had 21 points, five assists and two steals in a 67-62 win over Cox Mill. Moore, a 6-5 freshman, had 18 points, 16 rebounds, three assists and three blocks.
Mac Brydon, Myles Pierre, Brett Swilling, Carmel Christian: Brydon had 18 points, 14 rebounds in a 85-73 win over United Faith; Pierre had 24 points and six rebounds; Swilling had 25 points.
Devon Dotson, Trey Wertz, Grant Williams, Josh Howard, Isaac Johnson, Providence Day: Chargers’ starting five all had big games in a 96-70 win over No. 16 Cannon that likely sealed a fourth straight CISAA title: 25 points, four rebounds, four assists, four steals for Dotson; 21 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals for Wertz; 20 points, 16 rebounds, four assists for Howard; 19 points, 12 rebounds, six assists for Williams and 11 points, five rebounds two assists for Johnson.
DJ Little, Butler: banked in winning shot with one second left to beat Myers Park 68-65. Little had 21 points and made 6-of-9 shots from 3-point range. Orlando Robinson had 20 for Butler. Davrion Grier (24) and Zailan Peeler (13) led the Mustangs.
Davion Mintz, North Mecklenburg: 16 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists in a 65-50 win over Hopewell. It was his second triple-double this season. Teammates Jaylen McManus and Ethan Wacker each had 14 points for the Vikings, ranked No. 2 in the Observer’s Sweet 16.
Shawn Morrison Jr., Jaylen Thompson, Grace Academy: 37 points, 10 assists, three steals in a 91-85 win over Greater Cabarrus for Morrison. Thompson had 10 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and two blocks.
Kody Shubert, Lincoln Charter: Shubert, a 5-11 sophomore guard, had 38 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals in a 82-73 win over Bessemer City. He passed the 1,000-point mark for his career.
Brian Stanley, Christ The King: 33 points, six assists, four rebounds, two steals in a 75-47 win over Statesville Christian.
Sage Surratt, Hayden Duggins, East Lincoln: 32 points, nine rebounds, seven assists for Surratt in an 84-49 win over Bunker Hill. Duggins had 26 points, seven rebounds, five assists. East Lincoln has beaten Bunker Hill six straight times.
Patrick Tape, Queens Grant: 10 points, eight rebounds, seven blocks, five steals, five assists in a 81-43 win over South Stanly.