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HS Basketball Roundup: Berry advances to SoMeck 8 championship

Berry #1 Jael Scott scores a basket in Thursday's Olympic vs. Berry semifinals in the SoMeck 8 tournament at Charlotte Catholic.
Berry #1 Jael Scott scores a basket in Thursday's Olympic vs. Berry semifinals in the SoMeck 8 tournament at Charlotte Catholic. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com


Myers Park: Mustangs (15-10) upset Independence (19-7) 52-49 in the Southwestern 4A semifinals in double overtime. Davrion Grier had 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Mustangs. Henry Richards had 17 points, five rebounds and three assists.

South Meck vs. Charlotte Catholic girls: The teams play at Providence Friday at 4:30 to determine the No. 3 playoff seed from the SoMeck 8 conference.

Surratt Bros.: East Lincoln duo led team to 84-37 win over West Caldwell Thursday. Sage had 29 points, 11 rebounds; Chazz had 13 points, eight assists.

Thursday’s Boys Roundup

Charlotte Catholic 62, Harding 59: Harding’s Yakim Jenkins had 20 points as the Rams nearly pulled off one of the season’s biggest upsets. Josh Brodowicz had 19 and Jack Larkin 17 to lead the Cougars, who will play Berry in Friday’s SoMeck 8 final.

Hough 55, West Charlotte 52: Hough trailed by nine at halftime and by 10 in the fourth quarter. Qon Murphy’s buzzer-beater three-point shot gave the Huskies the win. Murphy (15 points, eight rebounds) and Ryan Friday (16 points, five rebounds, five assists) led Hough. Kobie Williams (18 points) and Jalen Knight (15) led the Lions.

Queens Grant 65, Union Academy 43: Terron Dixon had 14 points, five rebounds to help push his team into Friday’s Uwharrie conference championship game at Pfeiffer. Queens Grant outscored Union 22-4 in the third quarter. Dillan Harrison had 23 for Union Academy.

Concord 78, Cox Mill 69: Senior Ray Kowalski had 19 points, Keenan Black had 17 and Rechon Black 16 as Concord won a close game to advance to face rival Concord Robinson in Friday’s South Piedmont 3A championship game.

Forest Hills 70, West Stanly 66: Desmond Lindsey had 15 points, 12 rebounds to lead Forest Hills to the Rocky River championship game Friday against rival Monroe. Jai Rorie had 13 for Monroe. Adafe Price led West Stanly with 20.

Weddington 61, Sun Valley 53: Weddington outscored its rival 36-26 in the second half in the Southern Carolina semifinals. Ryan Schwieger had 21 for the Warriors. Anthony Brown had 16 points and Hughston Finklea 15 for Sun Valley.

Thursday’s Boys Top Performer

Riley Jones, Lake Norman: 30 points, 15 rebounds for 6-11 senior in a loss to Mooresville Thursday.

Davion Mintz, North Mecklenburg: Career-high 43 points, courtesy of 10 made 3-point shots in a 86-72 win over Vance in the semifinals of the MECKA tournament.

Jael Scott, Jamarius Burton, Berry: 18 points, six rebounds, five assists for Burton; 18 points, five rebounds, five steals for Scott in a 59-49 win over Olympic in the SoMeck 8 semifinals.

Patrick Tape’, Queens Grant: 14 points, 11 rebounds, eight blocks, six assists, three steals in 65-43 win over Union Academy.

Marcus Thomas, Independence: 25 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals in a 52-49 loss to Myers Park.

Grant Williams, Trey Wertz, Devon Dotson, Providence Day: 20 points, 14 rebounds, two blocks for Williams; 13 points – all in second half – seven rebounds, four assists and two steals for Wertz; 19 points, five assists, three rebounds for Dotson in 69-51 win over Charlotte Latin.

Thursday’s Girls Roundup

Ardrey Kell 53, Charlotte Catholic 35: The Knights advanced to the SoMeck 8 title game with great defense and 17 points from Chase Muhammad and 15 from Kathleen Rogers.

Butler 57, Rocky River 51: Rinnah Green had 20 points, Fairen Sutton 15 and Keyanah Richardson 10 to lead the Bulldogs to the Southwestern 4A championship game. Ariana Nance had 20 for Rocky River, which trailed 19-8 after the first quarter.

Mallard Creek 47, Hopewell 32: Hopewell scored just 12 points in the middle two quarters. Junior Kayla Richardson had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Mavericks, No. 1 in the Sweet 16. Senior Chantel Williams added 10 points, five assists and five rebounds.

North Mecklenburg 56, Hough 46: North Meck won a close game to advance to face Mallard Creek in Friday’s MECKA championship game at Hough High. Destiny Heyward (24 points) and ShaNiya Lester (15) led North. Renee Alquiza had 11 for Hough.

Weddington 56, Marvin Ridge 40: Remi Roberts had 16 points, Laurel McCarthy 14 and Erin Addison 11 in the win. Casey Bigham and Megan Glover had 12 each for Marvin Ridge.

Thursday’s Girls Top Performers

Maya Caldwell, Parker Tompkins, Courtney Meadows, Davidson Day: 17 points, six steals, five assists for Caldwell; 19 points for Tompkins; 10 points, six steals, four assists for Meadows in 59-11 win over Caldwell Academy.

A’Lea Gilbert, Aja Stevens, South Mecklenburg: 24 points, nine rebounds for Gilbert, 13 points, seven assists, six rebounds, five steals for Stevens in a 57-51 loss to Berry in the SoMeck semis.

Destiny Johnson, Caira McClain, Eboni Tinsley, East Lincoln: 21 points, 12 rebuonds, six assists, four steals in a 67-54 win over Bandys. McClain had 14 points, 11 rebounds, three steals Tinsley added 12 points, five rebounds, four assists.

Kerstie Phills, Charlotte Christian: Game-high 34 points to lead No. 6 Charlotte Christian to a 60-51 upset over No. 3 seed High Point Wesleyan and a berth in the N.C. Independent Schools 3A state semifinals Friday against Raleigh Ravenscroft.

Remi Roberts, Weddington: 16 points, seven rebounds, five blocks, four steals in win over Marvin Ridge.

Zaria Wright, Concord First Assembly: 30 points in a 63-52 loss to Fayetteville Christian.

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