High School Sports

HS Basketball Roundup: No. 14 Independence rolls to Sweet 16 against Ardrey Kell

Independence Patriots Justyn Hamilton had 21 points in a second round win over Ardrey Kell Thursday
Independence Patriots Justyn Hamilton had 21 points in a second round win over Ardrey Kell Thursday jsiner@charlotteobserver.com


Lincolnton at East Lincoln Saturday: Conference and county rivals meet to advance to the Elite 8.

West Charlotte: beat Hoke County to advance to Sweet 16 Saturday. Lions, a 23 seed, have beaten a No. 10 seed (Watauga) and a No. 7 (Hoke County) and are one win away from a seventh N.C. 4A Elite 8 appearance in seven years. West Charlotte, which plays at Catholic Saturday, got 14 points from Jalen Knight.

No quadruple-headers: In the playoffs, many games are starting at 7 and when schools host doubleheaders, the girls game starts, on time, at 6. That means games are ending around 8:30 for the 7 p.m. starts and around 9 for (non-overtime) doubleheaders. In the regular-season, playing junior varsity-varsity quadruple-headers often pushes those times back. What should be done? Move JV games to alternate sites or have boys and girls play at different venues.

No. 3 Concord Robinson: down 17 at halftime to Cabarrus County rival Hickory Ridge, Robinson rallied for a 72-69 win.

Friday’s Boys Roundup

No. 4 Charlotte Catholic 54, Pinecrest 52: Catholic held off a late push from Pinecrest to advance to Saturday’s third round. Josh Brodowicz had 17 points and freshman center B.J. Mack had 10, despite double- and triple-teams.

No. 6 East Lincoln 88, Hunter Huss 66: East outscored Huss 23-10 in the second quarter and 45-31 in the second half in an easy win. Huss got 19 points from CJ Gill and 16 each from Marion Whitely and Cress Worthy.

No. 7 Forest Hills 73, Maiden 58: Nas Tyson had 18 points; Zaccheus Rorie and Jai Rorie had 13; and Desmond Lindsey and Jordan Blakeney had 11 each in the win. Forest Hills (26-2) outscored Maiden 25-15 in the third quarter to get control of the game. Caleb Farley had 17 for Maiden (14-12).

No. 14 Independence 61, Ardrey Kell 40: Ardrey Kell (13-14) managed only 16 points in the first half as the Patriots defense dominated the game. Junior point guard Chea Johnson had 15 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals for the Patriots. Khdir Brinkley had 14 for Ardrey Kell.

Greensboro Dudley 70, South Meck 66: Brion Seagraves had 19 points to lead Dudley to the win. Dudley outscored South Meck 26-22 in the fourth quarter. Jalen Blakeney had 21 points for South and Khayleb Connelly added 15.

Lake Norman Charter 65, West Stokes 52: Junior guard Josh Turner had 28 points to lead all scorers, but Lake Norman Charter advanced to the Sweet 16 behind 19 points from Grayson Hickert. An 18-9 third quarter helped give Lake Norman Charter some breathing room.

Lincoln Charter 78, Pine Lake Prep 63: After trailing by two in the first quarter, Lincoln Charter outscored Pine Lake 46-30 in the next two quarters to win. Trey Johnsen had 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists for Lincoln Charter. Sophomore point guard Eito Yuminami had 23 for Pine Lake Prep.

Friday’s Boys Top Performers

Lavar Batts, Jordan McKenzie, Concord Robinson: 28 points, five rebounds, four assists for Batts in a 72-69 win over Hickory Ridge. McKenzie had 24 points, 20 in the second half, to go with six assists and five steals.

Justyn Hamilton, Independence: 6-10 junior center had 21 points, 11 rebounds, seven blocks in a 61-40 win over Ardrey Kell.

Jehlon Johnson, Lincoln Charter: 6-8 sophomore center had 15 points, 15 rebounds, four steals, three blocks in a 78-63 win over Pine Lake Prep.

Jaylen McManus, Davion Mintz, North Mecklenburg: McManus had 33 points, 14 rebounds in a 109-84 win over Richmond Senior. He made 13-of-18 field goals. Mintz made 8-of-13 shots and had 25 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds and two steals.

Orlando Robinson, Butler: Scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half of a 72-55 win over Berry. He made 6-of-6 free throws.

Sage Surratt, Chazz Surratt, Hayden Duggins, Cameron Dollar, East Lincoln: Chazz Surratt had 28 points, eight assists, seven rebounds in a 88-66 win over Hunter Huss. Sage Surratt had 26 points and 15 rebounds. Duggins had 16 points, five rebounds, and Dollar had 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists.

Patrick Tape’, Terron Dixon, Queens Grant: Tape had 16 rebounds, eight blocks and seven points in a 66-43 win over River Mill. Dixon had 23 points and seven rebounds.

Friday’s Girls Roundup

Southwest Guilford 59, No. 1 Mallard Creek 54: Southwest Guilford’s Faith Price, a 5-8 freshman, had 29 points and made five 3-point shots to spark an upset. Southwest Guilford, seeded No. 18 in the 4A playoffs, led 22-7 early and held off a late push from Mallard Creek, seeded No. 2. Chantel Williams had 17 points, Janay Sanders 12 and Kayla Brown 10 for Mallard Creek.

No. 7 Myers Park 51, Butler 35: The Mustangs advanced to Saturday’s third round at Alexander Central behind 13 pionts from Stuart Ayer, 12 from Chanin Scott and 11 from McKenna Haire. The Mustangs (22-5) outscored Butler 16-5 in the fourth quarter.

No. 10 Ardrey Kell 61, No. 9 Berry 40: RaShika White had 23 points for Berry but Ardrey Kell led 34-20 at halftime and cruised to a second round win. Deniyah Lutz had 14 points, five steals; and Danielle Griffin had 10 points, six rebounds, five blocks.

Friday’s Girls Top Performers

Carrie Eberle, Charlotte Catholic: 16 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks iin a 48-41 win over Skyland Roberson. Catholic’s Hannah Samuelson had 11.

Chase Muhammad, Ardrey Kell: 23 points, six rebounds, two blocks in a 61-40 win over Berry.

Remi Roberts, Taylor Schuster, Weddington: In a 71-43 win over North Gaston, Roberts had 20 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks; Schuster had 14 points, eight assists. Weddiington moved to Sweet 16 for third straight year. Spencer Britton had 22 for North Gaston.