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HS Basketball Roundup: Harding survives 3-point shooting barrage from Ardrey Kell’s Wes Morgan

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Community School of Davidson: Won eighth straight game Tuesday against Cherryville.

Rock Hill girls: No. 5 in the Sweet 16, Bearcats are 23-2 and set a school record for wins after Tuesday’s 66-46 first-round win over Greenwood. The team is also No. 1 in the S.C. 4A poll for the first time.

Providence Day: Chargers climbed to No. 9 in Ball Is Life national poll. Chargers are No. 14 in MaxPreps, No. 18 in PrepNation and No. 22 in USA Today.

Kayla Brown, Mallard Creek girls: One of the star’s of the Sweet 16 No. 1 Mavericks, Brown committed to Winthrop.

Tuesday’s Girls Roundup

No. 9 Hickory Ridge 54, East Rowan 39: Jiera Shears had 11 points and Stacia Means 10 in a comfortable win. Hickory Ridge led by 23 after three quarters advanced to the South Piedmont 3A semifinals against Carson.

Highland Tech 50, Thomas Jefferson 32: Olivia King had 16 points and Casey Almond 12 in an easy win. Highland Tech limited Thomas Jefferson to just 14 points in the first half.

Tuesday’s Top Girls Performers

Sarah Billiard, Covenant Day: 15 points, 17 rebounds in a 50-33 loss to Greensboro Day.

Jada Black, Concord: 14 points, 13 rebounds in a 48-40 win over Central Cabarrus.

Claudia Dickey, Kiera Dowell, Charlotte Latin: Dowell had 14 points, six steals, three assists in a 54-8 win over Metrolina Christian. Dickey had 14 points, eight rebounds, eight steals, four blocks.

Jenesai Mohammed, Zaria Wright, Concord First Assembly: In an 80-41 win over Grace Christian in the first round of the N.C. 2A Independent Schools playoffs, Mohammed had 31 points, three steals and two blocks. She made 14-of-17 shots, including 11-of-11 from 2-point range, and made 11 straight field-goal attempts in the second and third quarters. Wright? She had 23 points, seven rebounds, five steals and three assists.

Kerstie Phills, Charlotte Christian: 24 points in a 54-27 win over Country Day.

Tuesday’s Boys Roundup

Harding 71, Ardrey Kell 66: Wes Morgan had a career-high 32 points on a career-best nine made 3-point shots, but Harding survived behind 22 from Yakim Jenkins and 21 from Karl Hankton.

No. 5 Charlotte Catholic 90, West Meck 49: Freshman center B.J. Mack had 21 points to lead the Cougars in an easy win in the SoMeck tournament. Catholic, which got 17 points from Justiin McKinstry and 10 each from Jimmy Abate and Jack Larkin, outscored West Meck 21-8 in the first quarter and 24-8 in the third. Jalan Moore had 17 and Dyami Brown 14 for the Hawks.

No. 10 Hough 71, AL Brown 60: Ben Topp had 20 points, eight rebounds, Qon Murphy had 19, seven rebounds in the win for the Huskies (18-6). Damon Johnson had 19 for Brown (5-15)

No. 12 Berry 47, Providence 44: Tevin Heath hit a go-ahead 3-point shot with four seconds left as the Cardinals (19-6) avoided the upset in the first round of the SoMeck 8 tournament. Heath had 15 for the Cardinals, who will face Olympic in Thursday’s semifinals at Charlotte Catholic. Jael Scott added 12 Tuesday. Grady Moore led the Panthers with 19.

No. 15 Lincoln Charter 78, Highland Tech 28: Lincoln Charter outscored Highland 20-4 in the first quarter and 34-8 in the third. Trey Johnsen had 23 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Kody Shubert added 20 points, 10 assists, five steals and four rebounds for Lincoln Charter (23-3).

Charlotte Latin 69, Cannon 67 OT: Latin forward Bates Jones scored six points but had the game-winning field goal at the buzzer in OT to lift his team to an upset of Cannon in the first round of the N.C. Independent Schools 3A playoffs. Parker Julian and Jackson Farr had 20 points each for Latin and Caleb Jordan added 18. Phillip McKenzie had 28 for Cannon.

Community School of Davidson 91, Cherryville 67: Junior Joey Knox had 22 points, three rebounds and two steals, and freshman Brandon Ellington added 10 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in a comfortable win. John McKibbin had nine assists, seven rebounds and 5 points.

High Point Wesleyan 96, Charlotte Country Day 51: Jack Vaughn had 16 points to lead the Bucs (12-18). Ian Steere had 20 and Michael Buckland 16 for Wesleyan (20-8) in the first round NCISAA 3A playoff game.

Lake Norman Charter 67, Stuart Cramer 39: Troy Cracknell and Grayson Hickert had 16 points each in an easy win. Lake Norman Charter (18-6) was up 15-7 after the first quarter and 35-10 at halftime.

Myers Park 68, Garinger 60: Zailan Peeler made back-to-back 3-point shots and two free throws after his team fell behind by two after a Rayshawn Neal (24 points) layup. Peeler finished with 13 points, four rebounds, four assists. Davrion Grier had 22 points and seven rebounds for the Mustangs, who got 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists from junior point guard Kevin Alford.

Olympic 48, South Meck 41 OT: Jordan Chambers had 18 points and Marcus Henderson 10 as the Trojans pulled off an upset in the SoMeck tournament. Jalen Blakeney had 11 for South Meck.

Gaston Day 78, Rocky Mount Academy 49: Sophomore Quan McCluney (23 points) led Gaston Day to an easy win. The Spartans (14-10), advancing to Thursday’s NCISAA 2A semifinals, led 42-20 at halftime.

Lake Norman 89, Statesville 71: Shawn Angelucci had 25 points, Jack Smith 17, Riley Jones 16 and Kyle Green 14 to lead Lake Norman (13-11) to an easy win in a first-round North Piedmont game. BJ Moss had 21 for Statesville (3-20), which led 25-23 after the first quarter.

Sun Valley 62, Anson 54: Senior point guard Elijah Evans had 18 points to lead Sun Valley. The Spartans trailed 13-10 after the first quarter but rallied to advance to Thursday’s semifinals against Weddington.

Tuesday’s Boys Top Performers

Damon Early, Hough: Sophomore forward had 14 points, 12 rebounds in a 71-60 win over AL Brown.

Jackson Farr, Charlotte Latin: team-high 20 points, eight rebounds in a 69-67 overtime upset of Cannon.

Rashon Gray, Concord Robinson: 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists in a 78-62 win over West Rowan in a first-round South Piedmont tournament game. Daniel Spencer (15 points, three rebounds), Jordan McKenzie (11 points, 10 assists, four rebounds) and Lavar Batts Jr (10 points, nine assists, two rebounds) all had strong games.

Cam Hamilton, Marcus Neal, Vance: Backcourt duo had tremendous games in a 77-69 win over Hopewell in the MECKA tournament. Neal: 21 points, four rebounds, three assists. Hamilton: 29 points, seven assists, five rebounds, four steals.

Shawn Morrison Jr., Grace Academy: 28 points, four rebounds, two assists in 76-73 win over Crossroads Charter. Grace will play in the National Athletic Christian Association tournament in Dayton, Tenn, next week.

Chazz Surratt, East Lincoln: 29 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds, five steals in a 92-81 win over West Lincoln. Sage Surratt (17 points, 13 rebounds) and Hayden Duggins (16 points) also had strong games.

Marcus Thomas, Independence: 23 points, seven steals, five rebounds, four assists, three blocks in a 57-49 win over Porter Ridge in first round Southwestern 4A tournament game.

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