↓Parents coaching: Watching coaches asking players to do one thing and seeing parents telling players to do another is hard to watch. It must drive coaches crazy. I saw one player just scream aloud in frustration at the “double coaching” Friday afternoon.
↑North Gaston girls: Upset previously unbeaten Ashbrook 55-52 in the Big South title game. Kendal Cloninger had 12 of her 25 points in the fourth quarter. Ashbrook is 26-1.
↑Queens Grant: Beat North Stanly 59-48 in UAC championship game and win its 15th straight game. Patrick Tape’, a Columbia signee, had 10 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks. He scored his 1,000th career point.
↑Private School Basketball: The NCISAA state tournament has been electric and never before has the gap been wider between 3A private school teams and everyone else. This is high-level stuff.
Southwestern 4A: Myers Park girls, Butler reign
The Butler Bulldogs boys’ basketball team set a school record with 15 three-pointers in route to an 85-66 win over Myers Park in the Southwestern 4A final Friiday. Five Butler players finished in double figures including D.L. Little who had a game-high 27, including seven 3-pointers.
Davrion Greer had 20 for the Mustangs while Zalian Peeler added 18 and Henry Richards 13 for Myers Park.
“We’re really enjoying it right now, we’ll enjoy the moment but the state-playoff brackets come out (Saturday),” said Butler coach Myron Lowery. “We’ll enjoy this tonight and start concentrating on that.”
In the girls game Myers Park overcame a stubborn Butler team to eventually win 53-40. But the Bulldogs did not succumb until late in the 4th quarter. Mckenna Haire, who scored a game-high 16 points, had a big 3-pointer late along with two key free throws to secure the 13-point victory.
“I have to thank Chanin Scott (teammate) for getting it to me (on the late 3-point shot),” said Haire. “My teammates were looking for me, I was open and I knocked it down.”
MECKA championship: No. 2 North Meck, No. 1 Mallard Creek girls win titles
A strong finish helped regular season champ North Meck (23-2) add the boys conference tourney championship to their resume with a 76-65 victory on Friday night at Hough.
The Vikings appeared poised to blow out the No. 2-seeded Huskies, taking a 32-16 lead in the middle of the second quarter. But Hough fought back, making North Meck execute and make free throws late to win.
Mallard Creek defeated North Meck 78-52 to win the girls’ championship game.
The Mavericks (25-1) dominated No. 3-seed North Meck from start to finish, taking a 19-9 lead after one quarter and rolling up a margin that reached 30 points (66-36) early in the fourth quarter.
Kala Brown 12 and Janae Sanders 10 for Mallard Creek. Dynasty Heyward scored 12 points to lead North Meck (18-8) and Kori Whitehead added 11.
SoMeck 8: Charlotte Catholic boys, Ardrey Kell girls take titles
Charlotte Catholic outscored Berry Academy 20-15 in the fourth quarter to earn a 66-61 victory on their home court Friday to improve to 26-1. Catholic, which earned the league’s top seed for the N.C. 4A playoffs, showed their resilience in a contest that swung back and forth in the second half, which included five ties and three lead changes.
"We just have a group of guys who believe in themselves first and foremost and they believe in each other," Catholic coach Mike King said. "They’ve made sacrifice after sacrifice for each other all year."
Ardrey Kell won the girls’ title with a 56-47 win against Berry Academy. Chase Muhammad led the Knights with a game-best 28 points while Deniyah Lutz scored all 10 of her points in the fourth quarter. Ra’shika White, an Elon recruit, paced Berry Academy with 21 points, backed by Jordan McLaughlin’s 16.
-- Herb White
Friday’s Boys Roundup
East Lincoln 64, Lincolnton 49: East Lincoln won the Southern District 7 championship over their arch rival. East led 35-19 at halftime and cruised ehind 22 pionts from Sage Surratt, 19 points and seven rebounds from Hayden Duggins and 14 points, five rebounds and four assists from Cam Dollar. Chazz Surratt chipped in with 13 points, 11 assists and seven points. Raekwon Long, a 7-foot center, had 20 for Lincolnton. Lincolnton shot 2-for-18 from the 3-point line.
Forest Hills 56, Monroe 47: Forest Hills (24-2) went through regular-season and tournament play unbeaten in the Rocky River, capturing the tournament championship Friday behind 15 points from Jordan Blakeney and 14 from Desmond Lindsey. Isaiah Vinson led Monroe (12-8) with 19.
Lincoln Charter 59, Pine Lake Prep 53: Pine Lake Prep led 40-29 at halftime and 53-38 at the end of three but had to withstand a Pine Lake Prep rally in the fourth. DJ Camp and Seal Kolsar had 14 each for Pine Lake Prep. Lavontae Knox had 12 for Lincoln Charter.
Weddington 51, Marvin Ridge 40: Timmy Havens had 16 points and Ryan Schwieger had 13 in the win. Weddington outscored Marvin Ridge 13-5 in the fourth quarter of the Southern Carolina championship game.
Friday’s Boys Top Performers
Lavar Batts, Daniel Spencer, Jordan McKenzie, Javonte Misenheimer, Rashon Gray, Concord Robinson: The stars of Friday’s 94-90 double OT win over Concord in the South Piedmont tournament title game: 29 points, eight rebounds, five assists for Spencer; 24 points, seven assists, four rebounds for Batts; 13 points, six assists, six rebounds for McKenzie; 13 points, seven rebounds fro Misenheimer; and 12 points, 11 rebounds for Gray. Ray Kowalski had 26 for Concord.
Davion Mintz, Jaylen McManus, Kendall Coles, North Meck: Mintz had 25 points and made 9-of-9 free throws in the MECKA championship win against Hough. McManus had 18 points, 10 rebounds. Coles had 14 points and 6-for-6 on free throws in the final minutes.
Koby Shubert, Lincoln Charter: 25 points, seven assists, two steals in a 59-53 win over Pine Lake Prep
Grant Williams, Devon Dotson, Trey Wertz, Isaac Johnson, Josh Howard, Providence Day: Chargers qualified for their first NCISAA state final in 16 years with an 84-78 win at Raleigh Ravenscroft. All five starters hit double digits: 17 points, 14 rebounds, five rebounds, four blocks for Williams; 21 points, four assists for Dotson; 10 points, five rebounds for Wertz; 13 points, five assists for Johnson; and 20 points, eight rebounds for Howard.
Friday’s Girls Roundup
Community School of Davidson 58, Lincoln Charter: Anna Lavella had 17 points and Courtney Burkard 14 in an easy conference tournament final win.
Parkwood 47, Monroe 37: Brittany Autry had 14 points to lead Parkwood (21-4) in the win. Monroe, which trailed 14-5 after the first quarter, fell to 18-5.
West Rowan 52, Hickory Ridge 51: West Rowan won the South Piedmont championship, beating Hickory Ridge for the third time this season. West outscored Hickory Ridge 15-11 in the fourth quarter. Mary Sododaka had 21 for West Rowan. Jierra Shears had 11 for Hickory Ridge.
Friday’s Girls Top Performers
RiKoya Anderson, Rock Hill: sophomore had 25 points, 11 rebounds and was 13-of-13 from the free throw in a 68-47 win over Westwood in the second round of the S.C. 4A playoffs.
Janelle Bailey, Providence Day: 18 points, 11 rebounds in 41-24 win over Rabun Gap to send Chargers to their 12th straight NCISAA state final Saturday.
Janae Davis, Emya Price, Mallard Creek: 15 points, 10 rebounds for Davis in MECKA championship win; 13 points, four steals for Price.
Elizabeth Howard, North Iredell: 22 points, five rebounds, three assists in 52-48 North Piedmont tournament championship win over Alexander Central.
Destiny Johnson, East Lincoln: 22 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, two assistss for sophomore named SD7 2A player of the year. East Lincoln lost 45-43 to Newton-Conover in the league championship game.
Chase Muhammad, Ardrey Kell: career-high 28 points in 56-47 win over Berry in SoMeck 8 championship game. She made four 3-point shots.
Kerstie Phills, Charlotte Christian: Had 33 points in a 54-46 loss to Raleigh Ravenscroft in the N.C. Independent Schools 3A semis. Phills had 34 in a quarterfinal upset of High Point Wesleyan.
Remi Roberts, Erin Addison, Weddington: 26 points, nine blocks, seven rebounds for Roberts in a 63-53 win over Piedmont in the --Southern Carolina championship. Addison added 10 points, seven assists, five rebounds. Ti’Onna Foster had 28 for Piedmont.