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Basketball Roundup: North Meck girls eliminate Vance in MECKA 4A semifinals

Vance’s Aire Richardson, left, and North Mecklenburg’s Monell Dunlap and Nazhiyah Hayes (33) scramble for a loose ball during a MECKA 4A girls’ basketball tournament game Wednesday at Hough High. North Meck won 66-56.
Vance’s Aire Richardson, left, and North Mecklenburg’s Monell Dunlap and Nazhiyah Hayes (33) scramble for a loose ball during a MECKA 4A girls’ basketball tournament game Wednesday at Hough High. North Meck won 66-56. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

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Ina Thompson, Porter Ridge girls: Won her 200th game, coaching her team to a 48-29 win over East Meck in the Southwestern 4A tournament. Kristen Petrini had 16 for the Pirates.

North Iredell boys: North Iredell (16-9) upset North Piedmont No. 1 seed Alexander Central (21-6) 43-42 in the boys’ tournament semifinals.

Lincoln Charter boys: 29 assists and 22 steals in an 83-60 win over Bessemer City.

Wednesday’s Girls’ Roundup

No. 9 Hickory Ridge 61, Carson 35: Hickory Ridge led 18-3 after the first quarter and won easily. Sydney Miller had 15 and Jiera Shears and Stacia Means 10 each for Hickory Ridge. Carson was led by Olivia Gabriel’s 15. Hickory Ridge will play West Rowan at Cox Mill in Friday’s South Piedmont championship.

No. 10 Ardrey Kell 49, Providence 29: Chase Muhammad had 12 points and Krysta Davis and Deniyah Lutz had nine each in an easy win. Providence didn’t score more than eight points in a quarter.

No. 11 Hopewell 60, West Charlotte 45: Kelsie Ruff-Mills had 14 points and Erin Thames 12 as Hough got an easy win to advance to the MECKA 4A semifinals. West Charlotte got 16 from O’Marri Holland.

Butler 56, Garinger 35: Butler got 17 points from Rinnah Green and 12 from Fairen Sutton to advance in the Southwestern 4A tournament. Jasmine Sanders had 17 for Garinger.

Hough 52, A.L. Brown 34: Kaila Thompson had 16 points and Renee Alquiza 15 to lead Hough, which didn’t allow more than 10 points in a quarter. Shemya Stanback had 17 for A.L. Brown.

Rocky River 57, Independence 42: Ariana Nance had 18 to lead Rocky River in an easy Southwestern 4A tournament win. Camille Small had 12 for Independence.

Monroe 46, Forest Hills 39: Monroe (18-4) advanced to the Rocky River 2A championship behind 24 points from Tanaja Stevenson. Forest Hills (15-11) got 16 from Sheona Woodham but was outscored 18-10 in a decisive fourth quarter.

West Rowan 47, Concord 46: West Rowan won a tight South Piedmont 3A tournament game behind 17 from Egpyt Alexander and 10 from Shyann Vaughters. Concord got 21 from Jada Black.

Top Performers

Carrie Eberle, Charlotte Catholic: 11 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks iin a 53-47 win over Harding in the SoMeck 8 4A tournament. Shareka McNeil had 21 for Harding.

Destiny Johnson, Eboni Tinsley, Caira McClain, East Lincoln: 23 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in a 66-51 win over Bunker Hill. Tinsley had 14 points, seven steals, two assists; McClain had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Shinaya Lester, Monell Dunlap, North Mecklenburg: 26 points for Lester in a 66-56 win over Vance in the MECKA 4A tournament. Lester scored her 1,000th point. Dazia Lawrence had 23 for Vance, which was outscored 21-12 in the fourth quarter. Dunlap had 13 points and 16 rebounds.

Kody Shubert, Trey Johnsen, Lincoln Charter: 25 points, seven assists for Shubert; 13 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds, six steals for Johnsen in a 83-60 win over Bessemer City.

Boys’ Roundup

No. 13 Fort Mill 61, TL Hanna 34: Fort Mill advanced to the second round of the S.C. 4A playoffs behind 17 from Tanner Mitchell and 16 from Brandon Joseph. Hannah maanged just 12 points in the second and third quarters.

Lake Norman Charter 62, North Gaston 45: Grayson Hickert had 25 points and Lake Norman Charter outscored North Gaston 23-12 in a decisive third quarter in a Big South semifinal. Lake Norman Charter will play at Ashbrook in Friday’s championship game.

West Charlotte to break new ground on football field, track Thursday

A groundbreaking ceremony for West Charlotte High’s new track and football field is Thursday at 10 a.m.

The Carolina Panthers, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Project L.I.F.T. will team up for the groundbreaking to celebrate construction of West Charlotte High School’s new football field and track. The $2.1 million project is being funded in part by a $200,000 NFL Grassroots field grant from the Carolina Panthers.

The new synthetic football field will be ready for the 2016 high school football season. The field will provide new opportunities for community use serving youth athletic organizations and other community programming.

"The Carolina Panthers are pleased to assist Mecklenburg County, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Project L.I.F.T. in providing new resources that will serve both West Charlotte High School and the broader community," said Riley Fields, Carolina Panthers director of community relations. "The new field will provide West Charlotte High School with increased flexibility for its athletic programs and a safe and more durable playing surface."

"CMS is grateful to the NFL, the Panthers organization, as well as the Board of County Commissioners for this amazing contribution to West Charlotte High School and the community at large," said Ann Clark, CMS Superintendent. "This is a gift that will provide long term benefits and demonstrates the value of community partnerships."gues

-- Observer Staff Reports

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