↑Carrie Eberle, Charlotte Catholic girls: Buzzer-beater off baseline inbounds pass to lift Catholic to a 55-53 win over Winston-Salem Reagan. Eberle finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks.
↑John McKibbin, Community School of Davidson: 13 points, four steals, game-winning free throw in a 54-53 win over Alleghany.
↑East Lincoln: Scored school-record 42 points in a quarter in a 79-32 win over Hendersonville. East, No. 6 in the Sweet 16, led 42-9 after the first quarter. Sage Surratt had 28 points in the first quarter, setting another school record. He finished with 37. Sophomore Coleson Leach had a career-high 13.
↓Conference teams meeting in first round: So you play all season to earn a good playoff seed and first round, you play your conference neighbor again. We are not fans of that.
Tuesday’s Boys’ Roundup
No. 4 Charlotte Catholic 70, Greensboro Page 48: Catholic led 25-5 after the first quarter and rolled. Sam Smith (14 points), B.J. Mack (13) and Josh Brodowicz (11) led the Cougars.
North Forsyth 68, No. 5 Concord 67: The Spiders struggled with their outside shooting all game, and Concord’s full-court pressure defense didn’t really rattle North Forsyth (15-11), which pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the first round. Concord (22-5) was a state championship favorite in 3A. The Spiders, who got 12 points from Alon Parker and 10 from Hamsah Nasirildeen, led 15-7 early but trailed much of the fourth quarter. After two missed free throws with 8.5 seconds left, Concord had a chance to win, but North Forsyth blocked a layup attempt and a Spider missed a corner 3-point attempt as time expired.
No. 7 Forest Hills 88, Mount Pleasant 70: Zaccheus Rorie scored his 1,000th point in an easy win. Jordan Blakeney led the Yellow Jackets with 29. Nas Tyson added 19.
No. 8 Butler 86, Lake Norman 46: DJ Little had 22 points and Jah’Lil Carter 16 in an easy win for the Bulldogs (22-5). Butler led 21-11 after the first quarter and 48-23 at halftime. Riley Jones had 20 points for Lake Norman.
No. 9 Weddington 75, Central Cabarrus 69: Timmy Havens had 29 points and Ryan Schwieger 19 in a close win for the Warriors (21-5). Kyran McClure had 30 for Central Cabarrus (10-14) and Tyler English added 26.
Pinecrest 54, No. 11 Hough 51: Hough (19-8) lost a close game in the opening round of the playoffs. Ryan Friday and Qon Murphy had 15 each for the Huskies.
No. 12 Berry 85, Greensboro Grimsley 45: Chandler Murray had 24 points, making 6-of-7 3-point attempts and Jamarius Burton added 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Berry (21-7). Jael Scott also had 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Cardinals, who led 49-17 at halftime.
No. 15 Lincoln Charter 88, East Wilkes 58: Lavontae Knox had 25 points, Kobe Shubert 18, Logan Foster 15 and Trey Johnsen 13 in an easy win. Lincoln Charter (26-3) led 54-27 at halftime.
Ardrey Kell 76, Mount Tabor 56: Ardrey Kell, seeded No. 30 in 4A, upset the No. 3 seed in a convincing win. Khdir Brinkley (16 points, 10 rebounds), David Kasanganay (14) and Michael Crosby (13) led the Knights (13-13), who won the N.C. 4A Western regional championship a year ago. Mount Tabor (23-3) got 24 points from Austin Gilyard but was upset at home.
Queens Grant 83, Thomas Jefferson 49: Queens Grant got the first playoff win in school history. Terron Dixon had 18 points and seven rebounds for Queens Grant, which also got 11 rebounds, 10 blocks, eight assists, six points and four steals from Patrick Tape’. Rayven Yoder had 14 for Thomas Jefferson.
South Mecklenburg 66, McDowell 60: John Brannon had several key steals in the fourth quarter, and Khayleb Connelly and Jalen Blakeney made some key late free throws to help South hold on to win. Bryan Thomas led the Sabres with 17 points, and Bo Blight added 14. Tanner Dillingham had 30 for McDowell.
Mountain Island Charter 68, Uwharrie Charter 62: Patrick Austin had 15 points, 10 rebounds to lead Mountain Island to a first-round playoff win. Teammates Justin Pendergrass and Shaddai Boots had 14 each.
Pine Lake Prep 75, Albemarle 59: Pine Lake Prep played in the first playoff game in school history and won, despite trailing by as many as 14 in the first half. The Pride began the second half on a 13-0 run, led by sophomore point guard Eito Yuminami. Senior Sean Kolesar had a team-best 20 points for Pine Lake Prep.
Tuesday’s Boys’ Top Performers
Lavar Batts, Daniel Spencer, Jordan McKenzie, Rashon Gray, Concord Robinson: Sweet 16 No. 3 Robinson beat Ledford 74-38 Tuesday, and Batts (19 points, five assists, three rebounds), Spencer (15 points, four rebounds), McKenzie (10 points, four assists, three rebounds) and Gray (nine points, seven rebounds) all had big games.
Rechon Black, Ray Kowalski, Concord: 17 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, one steal for Black in the 68-67 loss to North Forsyth. Kowalski had 19 points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Justyn Hamilton, Marcus Thomas, Independence: Hamilton had 14 points, 13 rebounds, five blocks in a 65-45 win over Mooresville. Thomas added 19 points, six rebounds, four steals.
Avery Metcalf, Hickory Ridge: Had game-high 38 points in a 90-84 win over Cuthbertson in four OT. He now has more than 1,500 career points. Ryan Mobley had 37 for Cuthbertson.
Marcus Neal, Cam Hamilton, Vance: 27 points, five assists for Hamilton; 20 points for Neal in an 81-75 loss to Northwest Guilford.
Tuesday’s Girls’ Roundup
No. 1 Mallard Creek 67, Pinecrest 21: Sophomore Janay Sanders led the Mavericks with 14 points in an easy win. Mallard Creek allowed 11 points in the first three quarters, including just one in the second.
No. 7 Myers Park 62, Porter Ridge 21: Myers Park, the two-time N.C. 4A champs, improved to 21-5 with an easy win. Porter Ridge didn’t score double digits in any quarter. Chanin Scott (14 points), Kianna Funderburk (11) and McKenna Haire (10) led the Mustangs.
No. 10 Ardrey Kell 50, East Forsyth 25: East scored two points in the first quarter and four in the third. Chase Muhammad (10 points, five rebounds, five steals) and D’Shara Booker (nine points, eight rebounds, two blocks) led the Knights.
Butler 47, South Mecklenburg 42: Rinnah Green had 15 points, Meghan Flowers 12 and Fairen Sutton 10 for the Bulldogs in a close win. Ali Fitch led South with 13.
Hough 48, SE Guilford 41: Hough outscored Southeast Guilford 19-12 in the fourth quarter to win. Gabby Gianikos had 12 for the Huskies.
Tuesday’s Girls’ Top Performers
Mahaley Holit, Central Cabarrus: 29 points, seven assists in a 55-53 loss to Piedmont. Holit (1,388 career points) is now her school’s all-time leading scorer. Sara Bowlings led No. 14 Piedmont with 22 points.
Destiny Johnson, East Lincoln: On night she was awarded a special ball for scoring 1,000 career points, Johnson had 30 points, eight rebounds, five steals and five assists in a 78-56 loss to Wilkes Central.
Remi Roberts, Erin Addison, Weddington: 17 points, 22 rebounds, eight blocks for Roberts in an 82-56 win over Burns. Addison added 21 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals for the Warriors, No. 4 in the Sweet 16.
Ahlana Smith, Vance: School-record 46 points on 19-of-35 shooting in 81-74 four-overtime loss to Alexander Central. Smith had 10 rebounds and five steals. Alexander’s Abby Cook had 39 points and 18 rebounds. Vance was outscored 7-0 in the final OT.
Gabby Smith, Sydney Miller, Hickory Ridge: 19 points, seven rebounds for Smith; 12 points, eight rebounds, four steals for Miller in a 72-55 win over Southwestern Randolph. Hickory Ridge, No. 11 in the Sweet 16, improved to 23-4.
RaShika White, Jordan McLaughlin, Berry: 21 points, 13 rebounds, six blocks for White in a 63-52 win over Rocky River. McLaughlin had 10 points, eight assists.