↑Providence Day girls: beat Charlotte Christian Thursday to win their 95th straight CISAA conference game. The Chargers, No. 2 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll, has won 13 straight outright league titles.
↑Providence Day boys: Chargers won their 31st straight CISAA conference game at Charlotte Christian. It was the team’s third straight undefeated conference run and Providence Day has won those 31 straight games by an average of 19 points.
↑Rock Hill girls: No. 5 in the Sweet 16, Rock Hill (22-2, 12-0) beat rival Rock Hill Northwestern 79-35 Thursday to polish off unbeaten regional run. Kendall Lahr and RiKoya Anderson had 13 each.
Thursday’s Girls Roundup
No. 2 Providence Day 62, Charlotte Christian 41: Erin Whalen 15 for the Chargers, who won easily on Senior Night at Christian. Kerstie Phills had 26 for the Knights (17-9).
No. 3 Davidson Day 58, High Point Christian 12: Courtney Meadows made three 3-point shots in the first half, including a buzzer-beater, and had 14 points in an easy win. Maya Caldwell chipped in with 11.
Christ The King 61, Hickory Christian 52: CTK advanced to the SPAA tournament finals behind 22 from Catherine Strickland 16 from Marie Strickland.
Hough 42, Vance 39: Hailey Gipson had 11 points and helped Hough rally from a 12-point first quarter deficit to get a close win. Dazia Lawrence had 19 for Vance and Ahlana Smith 16.
Concord First Assembly 73, Metrolina Christian 42: Emma Brooks (11 points, 10 rebounds, five steals), Jenesai Mohammed (17 points, five rebounds) and Ojai Brooks (six points, nine assists, nine steals) had big games in an easy MAC semifinal win.
Thursday’s Girls Top Performers
Janelle Bailey, Providence Day: 28 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals in win over Charlotte Christian.
Claudia Dickey, Charlotte Latin: sophomore had 24 points and 12 rebounds, plus three assists, two steals and a block in a 52-40 win over Covenant Day. Sarah Billiard had nine points, 15 rebounds and two steals for Covenant.
Lilian Izundu, Grace Wellman, Victory Christian: 19 points, 15 rebounds for Izundu, 10 points, 10 rebounds for Wellman in a 51-36 win over Statesville Christian in the semifinals of the SPAA tournament.
Eleah Parker, Shamani Stafford, Northside Christian: 20 points, 12 rebounds, three steals for Parker; 12 points, seven rebounds for Stafford in a 53-19 win over Hickory Grove in the MAC semifinals.
Parker Tompkins, Davidson Day: 19 points, seven rebounds in win over High Point Christian.
Zaria Wright, Concord First Assembly: 30 points, eight rebounds, four assists in win over Metrolina Christian.
Thursday’s Boys Roundup
No. 1 Providence Day 78, Charlotte Christian 64: The Chargers shot 72 percent from the field for the game and led by 28 points after the third quarter when coach Brian Field began emptying his bench. Providence Day seniors Josh Howard (14 points, four rebounds, two steals), Issac Johnson (12 points, four rebounds, three steals, two assists) and Grant Williams (11 points, seven rebounds, five assists) got their 100th win together, tying the 16-year-old school record for most career wins by a player. Nationally ranked Providence Day (27-3) -- which got 14 points, six assists and three rebounds from sophomore guard Trey Wertz -- also tied a school-record for wins. Freshman J.C. Tharrington led Christian with 14.
No. 10 Hough 60, Vance 52: Ben Topp had 16, Qon Murphy 13 and Damon Early 12 for Hough (17-6, 9-3 MECKA) in the win. A 21-11 advantage in the first quarter was ultimately the difference for the Huskies. Vance (13-11, 5-7) got 22 from Cam Hamilton.
Carmel Christian 64, United Faith 52: Myles Pierre and Raf Jenkins had 15 points and Roland Whitley 11 as Carmel Christian advanced to the finals of the SPAA Tournament. Carmel outscored United Faith 21-9 in the fourth quarter. The Falcons got 16 points each from Jon Hicklin and Jason Tate and 12 from Andrew Norton.
Charlotte Latin 76, Covenant Day 70: Parker Julian had 13 points for the Hawks (14-11) who won their regular-season finale. Covenant Day got 20 from Percy Johnson and 17 from Chase Dixon.
High Point Christian 81, Davidson Day 37: Myles McGregor, a Presbyterian recruit, had 20 points for Davidson Day and Joe Hartman added 11, but High Point Christina won easily behind 18 from Bam Adebayo and 15 from Michael Hueitt.
Northside Christian 65, Gaston Day 50: Nate Hinton had 25 points and Chris Martin 16 as the Knights (18-6) advanced to the MAC finals Friday. Gaston Day (13-10) got 20 from Quan McCluney and 14 from Brandon Reeves.
Victory Christian 62, Christ The King 41: Shemari Allen had 13 points and Emmanuel White and Preston Gaines had 11 each for the Kings in the SPAA semifinals. Victory limited Christ The King to six points in the third quarter. Scott Harvey had 13 points to lead CTK.
Concord First Assembly 73, SouthLake Christian 61: Concord First Assembly outscored SouthLake 17-9 in the third quarter to gain some breathing room and will face Northside Christian in Friday’s 7:30 p.m. MAC tournament championship at Gaston Day. It’s a rematch of the 2015 N.C. Independent Schools 2A state final, which Concord First Assembly won. Thursday, Marquise Beasley had 11 points, seven assists for Concord First Assembly. SouthLake got 17 points from Madison Monroe.
Thursday’s Boys Top Performers
Devon Dotson, Providence Day: 21 points, five assists, three steals for sophomore guard in Charlotte Christian win.
Bates Jones, Charlotte Latin: Career high 32 points, nine rebounds in 76-70 win over Covenant Day.
Shawn Morrison Jr., Jaylen Thompson, Kyle Plante, Grace Academy: In an 85-44 win over Victory Christian Gastonia, Morrison (19 points, five steals, four assists), Thompson (15 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks) and Plante (17 points, four assists) all had solid games.
Nico Payne, Ninad Milenkovic, Concord First Assembly: Payne had 16 points, 12 rebounds and Milenkovic had 17 points, 10 rebounds in a 73-61 win over SouthLake Christian in the MAC semifinals.
MAC All-Conference Teams
Name School Classification
Avery Bolen SouthLake Christian 3A
Hannah Bonisa Gaston Christian 3A
Emma Brooks Concord First Assembly 2A
Ojai Brooks Concord First Assembly 2A
Breya Busby Westminster Catawba 2A
Kylee Calabrese Northside Christian 2A
Jayon Leak Northside Christian 2A
Jessyka Leak Northside Christian 2A
Caitlyn Logan Metrolina Christian 3A
Jenesai Mohammed Concord First Assembly 2A
Eleah Parker Northside Christian 2A
Hali Sanders SouthLake Christian 3A
Isabella Sheprow Metrolina Christian 3A
Shamani Stafford Northside Christian 2A
Nya Tillery Hickory Grove 3A
Zaria Wright Concord First Assembly 2A
Name School Classification
MJ Armstrong Gaston Day 2A
Marquise Beasley Concord First Assembly 2A
Brett Carter SouthLake Christian 3A
Nate Hinton Northside Christian 2A
Cartier Jernigan Hickory Grove 3A
James Lewis Northside Christian 2A
Chris Martin Northside Christian 2A
Quan McCluney Gaston Day 2A
Nenad Milenkovic Concord First Assembly 2A
Myles Monroe SouthLake Christian 3A
Emeka Nwankwo Metrolina Christian 3A
Nico Payne Concord First Assembly 2A
Brandon Reeves Gaston Day 2A
Asim Topicic Hickory Grove 3A
Malcolm Wade Metrolina Christian 3A
Kevin Wharton-Price SouthLake Christian 3A