High School Sports

Mecklenburg County boys’ teams flex muscle in NCHSAA Elite 8

North Meck players celebrate beating Butler in the NCHSAA West 4A regional semifinals Tuesday
North Meck players celebrate beating Butler in the NCHSAA West 4A regional semifinals Tuesday


Rechon “Leaky” Black, Jairus Hamilton, Wendell Moore of Cabarrus County: Black, a 6-foot-7 sophomore at Concord; Hamilton, a 6-8 sophomore at Cannon; and Moore, a 6-5 freshman at Cox Mill were invited to the Underclassman All-American Game April 6 in Indianapolis. The game brings together 20 of the nation’s top freshmen and sophomores.

Mecklenburg County boys’ basketball: Providence Day won the private schools 3A title, Northside Christian reached the 2A private schools final. On Saturday, Charlotte Catholic will play North Mecklenburg for the right to reach the 4A public schools final.

Hayden Duggins, East Lincoln boys: Scored his 1,000th point in Tuesday’s state quarterfinal win over Shelby.

Tuesday’s Girls’ Roundup

Southwest Guilford 51, Ardrey Kell 46: After the first quarter it looked like the Knights would knock Southwest Guilford out of the playoffs for the third straight year. Ardrey Kell led 14-9 and looked comfortable. But the Cowgirls outscored Ardrey Kell 42-32 over the final three quarters, and Southwest Guilford sophomore Lauren Carter went 8-of-8 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to help stave off a Knights’ rally.

Southwest Guilford made 16 of 19 free throws in the fourth quarter and 20 of 25 for the game.

“Being clutch down the stretch was really, really a good thing because we owed this team for two years, and finally got through by making all those free throws,” Carter said.

Southwest Guilford placed four players in double digits with Carter and Faith Price scoring 11 and LaShonda Monk and Jazmine Wilson 10 each. Chase Mohammad led Ardrey Kell with a game-high 15 points.

“You have to give a lot of credit to Southwest Guilford,” Ardrey Kell coach Jeff Buseick said. “They kept grinding in the third quarter and we ended up a little bit short against a quality opponent.”

Northwest Guilford 59, Myers Park 43: The Mustangs, the two-time N.C. 4A state champs, trailed by double digits most of the game at unbeaten Northwest Guilford. Myers Park had not lost a postseason game since falling 48-45 to Southeast Guilford on March 1, 2013. Tuesday, McKenna Haire had 19 points and Chanin Scott 11 for the Mustangs, who were outscored 12-4 in the second quarter.

Freedom 77, Weddington 41: Weddington reached the regionals for the third straight season and the first without McDonald’s All-American Stephanie Watts. The Warriors’ senior class has won 101 games and three league titles.

Boys’ Roundup

Charlotte Catholic 68, Southwest Guilford 65: The Cougars (30-1) advanced to the N.C. 4A West Regional final for the first time and will play North Mecklenburg on Saturday for the right to go to the state championship game.

“It’s great and I hope the guys are enjoying it because it’s truly a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Catholic coach Mike King said. “We’re going to have a good time with it. We’re going to enjoy it. This isn’t the end of the road, hopefully.”

Catholic had to gut out a fourth quarter in which Southwest Guilford (27-3) pressured the Cougars into ball-handling errors. The Cowboys deployed a full-court press that resulted in six turnovers, but when Catholic broke it, the Cougars drove to the hoop to collect fouls. They sank 12 of 13 free throws in the fourth and 22 of 27 for the game compared to 23-of-39 for Southwest Guilford.

Concord Robinson 80, Cox Mill 69: Robinson outscored Cox Mill 53-36 in the second half to advance to the N.C. 3A regional final. Lavar Batts (19 points, six assists, three rebounds) and Jordan McKenzie (15 points, 10 assists) helped lead Robinson. Cox Mill freshman Wendell Moore had a team-high 22 points.

East Lincoln 85, Shelby 53: East Lincoln remained unbeaten and kept its hopes of a second straight state final berth alive with an easy win. East Lincoln outscored Shelby 16-2 to start the third quarter and outscored Shelby 36-19 in the fourth. Hayden Duggins had 10 points and five rebounds for East Lincoln. Shelby got 28 points from Quay Kimble.

Forest Hills 67, Lake Norman Charter 63: Forest Hills was outscored 24-11 in the fourth quarter but held on to keep its hopes alive for a first state championship berth since 1964. Grayson Wickert had 19 points and Troy Cracknell 17 for Lake Norman Charter (22-8). Desmond Lindsey had 13 points and Zaccheus Rorie 12 for Forest Hills (28-2).

Top Performers

BJ Mack, Charlotte Catholic boys: 16 points, 14 rebounds in 68-65 win against Southwest Guilford. Mack is a 6-7 freshman center. Teammate Jack Larkin had 21 points.

Evonna McGill, Ashbrook girls: 23 points, 14 rebounds in 73-43 victory over Central Davidson.

Davion Mintz, Jaylen McManus, Vaud Worthy, North Mecklenburg boys: 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Mintz in a 78-66 victory over Butler in N.C. 4A quarterfinal. McManus had 24 points, three rebounds, two steals. McManus made nine of 12 field-goal attempts. Mintz made 16 of 23 free throws. Worthy, a sophomore point guard, had four points, a team-high six rebounds and a team-high six assists.

Kody Shubert, Trey Johnsen, Jehlon Johnson, Lavontae Knox, Jackson Gabriel, Lincoln Charter boys: Quintet sparked 101-88 win against Cherokee. Jehlon Johnson had 10 points, 22 rebounds, five blocks; Trey Johnsen had 14 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists; Shubert had 32 points, six assists, five steals, four rebounds; Knox had 19 points, 12 rebounds and four assists; and Gabriel had 11 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals.

Daniel Spencer, Concord Robinson boys: 28 points, 11 rebounds in win against Cox Mill.

Sage Surratt, Chazz Surratt, Cameron Dollar, East Lincoln boys: Sage Surratt had 28 points, eight rebounds, four steals in the victory over Shelby. Chazz Surratt had 13 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and Dollar 22 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Nas Tyson, Forest Hills boys: 30 points, seven rebounds for the freshman in 67-63 win against Lake Norman Charter.