↑ Ty-Shon Alexander: Alexander
was a MaxPreps freshman
All-American last season at Concord High. He transferred to three-time private school champ Northside Christian after the school year. But Alexander didn’t play a regular-season game there. He transferred to national power Oak Hill (Va.), where coach Steve Smith believes he’ll be a rare sophomore to contribute.
↑ Sarah Billiard, Covenant Day: Third straight double-double of the young season in a 53-39 loss to Greensboro Day. Billiard had 15 points and 16 rebounds.
↑ Ardrey Kell, Myers Park girls: Top two teams in the Sweet 16 looked dominant in Tuesday season openers. The arch rivals will play Friday at Myers Park.
Tuesday’s Top Boys’ Performers
Robert Brown, Community School of Davidson: 11 points, 11 rebounds, two steals in a 75-26 win against Mountain Island Charter.
Remele Everett Hicks, Carmel Christian: 21 points, eight rebounds and three assists in an 84-74 victory over Cannon. John Hood had 16 points, 11 assists and six rebounds for Carmel. Philip McKenzie had 28 points for Cannon.
Jehlon Johnson, Lincoln Charter: 10 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in a 59-46 win against South Point. Teammate Joe Fortkort was 4-of-5 from the 3-point line.
Stephen Misenheimer, North Stanly: 30 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists in an 89-66 win against South Davidson. Teammate Luke Gibson added 26 points.
Grant Williams, Providence Day: Just a few days after battling Huntington Prep (W. Va.) major recruit Thomas Bryant to a virtual draw, Williams played evenly with national top three recruit Harry Giles of High Point Wesleyan. Wesleyan, No. 2 in USA Today’s national poll, won 60-58. Giles had 21 points. Williams, a 6-foot-7 junior, had 23 points, five rebounds and four assists. He was 9-for-9 on two-point field-goal attempts and 1-for-3 from 3-point range.
Tuesday’s Top Girls’ Performers
Julia Grainda, Community School of Davidson: 25 points in a 66-24 win against Mountain Island Charter.
Jaiden Mason, Charlotte Christian: 12 points, 11 rebounds in 43-29 victory over Christ The King.
Nnenna Okam, South Mecklenburg: Got her first double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) in a 57-13 win against Independence.
Sarah Thomsen, Carmel Christian: 32 points in a 45-44 victory over Cannon. Carmel Christian is 3-0.
Stephanie Watts, Weddington: 31 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists in a 64-50 win against Parkwood.
Tuesday’s Boys’ Roundup
No. 14 Charlotte Christian 72, Christ The King 57: Yale commit Trey Phills had 18 points to lead the Knights in their season debut. Sophomore Rob Peterson, son of former North Carolina Tar Heel Buzz Peterson, had 14 points and nine rebounds. Charlotte Christian (1-0) jumped to a 24-6 lead and never looked back.
No. 15 Charlotte Latin 66, Hickory Grove 24: Charlotte Latin (1-0) kicked off the season with an easy win, bolting off to a 36-7 first-quarter lead and a 55-15 halftime advantage. Julian Parker led the Hawks with 16 points. Daniel Jones had 13 and Jackson Farr 12. Hickory Grove fell to 0-2.
Hopewell 94, Garinger 72: Raquan Houston had 20 points and four steals for Hopewell, whch led 59-39 at halftime of a wild, high-scoring game. Tre Faison, Christopher Lewis and Mark Sherril had 14 points each for Hopewell. Brian Smart added 11.
South Mecklenburg 71, Independence 53: The Sabres got 20 points from Grant Hedberg, 18 from Jalen Blakeney, 17 from Khayleb Connelly and 13 from Kamil Chapman in a rout of their rivals. South Meck led 17-8 after the first quarter and 42-21 at halftime. Independence got 21 points from Marcus Thomas.
No. 7 Myers Park 66, North Gaston 26: Zaqwaun Matthews had 14 points for the Mustangs in the easy win. After leading only 9-6 after the first quarter, Myers Park won the second and third quarters by a combined 48-12. Juwan Hood, Lee Houck and Nick Goble had 10 points each for Myers Park (1-0).
Charlotte Catholic 55, Charlotte Country Day 52: Catholic outscored Country Day 9-6 in the fourth to win. Joe Scibelli led the Cougars (1-0) with 18 points. Michael White had 17 for Country Day (0-4).
Tuesday’s Girls’ Roundup
No. 1 Myers Park 78, North Gaston 22: The Mustangs warmed up for Friday’s home showdown with No. 2 Ardrey Kell by not allowing North Gaston to score in double figures in any quarter. Aliyah Mazyck, a Southern Cal recruit, led the Mustangs with 16 points. Chanin Scott and Lyric Mitchell added 14 each.
No. 2 Ardrey Kell 61, Marvin Ridge 18: Sophie Salaam had 10 points and three steals to lead the Knights (1-0), who had a similarly dominant defensive performance to Myers Park’s.
Providence Day 49, High Point Wesleyan 47: Providence Day struggled with Wesleyan’s full-court press in the fourth quarter but held on to win behind 22 points from Janelle Bailey and 15 from Erin Whalen.
Hough 43, Providence 34: Gabby Granikas and Alex Denny combined for 21 points as the Huskies (1-0) won their opener. Providence’s Michaela Daniels had 10 points, five steals and three assists.
Hickory Grove 48, Charlotte Latin 47: Sophomore guard Holly Bennett made two free throws with 8.9 seconds left to lift the Lions (2-0) to the win. Latin lost it season opener.
By The Numbers
15: Ardrey Kell’s Josh Freund had a career-high 15 points and 10 rebounds in a 67-30 win against Marvin Ridge. The Knights, No. 4 in the Sweet 16, got 10 points from Collin Cooper and 12 from All-Mecklenburg star Stephen Santa Ana.
3: Freshman Jaylen Thompson got his third straight double-double (10 points, 14 rebounds) in an 84-65 win against Central Academy Lake Park. Nick Dietrich led Lake Park with 24 points.
21: Game-high 21 points for Victory Christian junior point guard Ty Gadsden in a 67-54 win against Gaston Day. Victory Christian is 2-1. Gaston Day is 2-2.