↑ West Charlotte: No. 1 ranked team in Sweet 16 to play in 8th High School Hoops Festival in Hyattsville, Md., Saturday. The event features 24 teams from eight states. West Charlotte will face Maryland-area power Potomac Saturday at 12:15 p.m.
↑ Providence Day: Sweet 16 No. 3 beat Christ School 57-53 in overtime in Arden Friday, earning its first win against Christ School in more than a decade. Isaac Johnson had a steal and dunk to seal the win with two seconds to play in overtime.
↑ Chi-Chi Maduegbunam, Providence girls: 16 points, 21 rebounds, four blocks, two steals in a 43-28 win over Olympic. Providence is 4-3, 1-0 in the SoMeck. Olympic is 1-4, 0-1.
↑ Carrie Barnett, South Meck girls: Four made 3-point shots and had 15 points in a 50-5 win over Harding.
Friday’s Top Boys’ Performers
Hughston Finklea, Sun Valley: 38 points in 73-67 win over Indian Land.
Josh Howard, Providence Day: Son of former Michigan and NBA star Juwan Howard had 24 points and 13 rebounds in his team’s 57-53 win at Ardren Christ School. Grant Williams had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Parker Julian, Charlotte Latin: 25 points, nine rebounds in 61-53 win over Metrolina Christian. Latin is 6-3. Metrolina fell to 6-5.
Luke Maye, Hough: 20 points, 27 rebounds in 63-43 win over Hopewell. Maye is a top 100 recruit heading to North Carolina.
Nico Payne, Concord First Assembly: 20 rebounds in an 80-57 win over Calvary Baptist. Charles Minlend had 23 and Matt Whett 22 for CFA.
Desmen Robinson, Monroe: 24 points, 17 rebounds in 66-60 loss to Anson Senior.
Jaylen Thompson, Grace Academy: 14 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, three steals, three blocks for freshman in 83-57 win over Central Academy Lake Park. Teammate Shawn Morrison Jr. had 21 points, five steals and three assists.
Friday’s Top Girls’ Performers
Miya Bull, East Meck: After getting 17 points and 18 rebounds against Olympic Tuesday, Bull had 16 points and 16 rebounds in Friday’s 51-33 win over Independence.
Taylor Helms, Cuthbertson: 20 points in 59-35 win over Parkwood.
Destiny Johnson, East Lincoln: Game-high 30 points in a 90-58 loss to Bandys. Bandys got 17 from Haleigh Lackey and 16 from Anaiah Hooker.
Jasmine Sanders, Garinger: 29 points in a 59-34 loss to Butler. Butler got 18 from Fairen Sutton.
Stephanie Watts, Weddington: 31 points, 10 steals, seven rebounds, five assists in 2 1/2 quarters during Weddington’s 69-21 win over Central Academy. Weddington is 8-1.
Friday’s Girls’ Roundup
No. 3 Ardrey Kell 55, West Meck 29: The Knights (6-2, 1-0 SoMeck) opened up league play with an easy win over West Meck (3-3, 0-1). Jordan Muhammad had 15 points, five rebounds and five assists and sister Chase Muhammad added 13 points, six rebounds and four steals. Jasmine Grey had 12 points for West Meck.
No. 4 Providence Day 58, Carolina Day 41: Erin Whaley had 27 points and Janelle Bailey 17 as the Chargers, the reigning N.C. Independent Schools 3A champs, whipped the reigning 2A champions on the road. Carolina Day has won four straight state titles.
No. 15 A.L. Brown 64, No. 9 North Meck 55: Aitana Grant had career-high 28 points as Brown outscored North Meck 33-24 in the second half to spring the big upset.
Mallard Creek 49, West Charlotte 41: Kala Brown had 14 points and Whitney Walker 15 in the Mavericks’ MECKA 8 conference opening win. Mallard Creek led 30-18 at halftime.
Charlotte Christian 66, Christ The King 34: Kerstie Phills had 26 and Caroline Demehy 22 as the Knights won easily. Catherine Strickland had 13 for Christ The King at home.
Community School of Davidson 70, Pine Lake Prep 22: Community School (4-1) grabbed a 40-12 halftime lead and won easily behind 22 points from Julia Grainda and 12 from Karli Fekete.
Friday’s Boys’ Roundup
No. 1 West Charlotte 90, Mallard Creek 65: Simeon Carter had 19 points for the Lions to open MECKA 8 conference play. West Charlotte led 46-24 at halftime.
No. 2 North Mecklenburg 74, A.L. Brown 42: C.J. Bryce had 25 points and seven rebounds, Davion Mintz had 12 points and Taj Middleton added 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists as the Vikings won their MECKA 8 conference opener.
No. 5 Ardrey Kell 62, West Meck 51: Collin Cooper had 19 and Steven Santa Ana added 15 points and 13 rebounds in the SoMeck 8 conference opening win. Seth Davis had 10 assists for the Knights.
No. 6 Olympic 58, Providence 46: Olympic outscored Providence 19-11 in the fourth quarter to open up what had been a tight game. Malik Constantine led the Trojans with 23 points, 11 rebounds, four steals, three assists and three blocks. Damari Parris had 16 for Olympic. Freshman Devon Dotson led Providence (4-3, 0-1) with 14 and Drake Deluliis added 10.
No. 8 Lake Norman 49, Alexander Central 31: Hunter Seacat had 20 points and David Scott added 12 points and 10 rebounds as Lake Norman (3-4, 1-0) won its North Piedmont opener. Ty Ireland had 13 for Alexander Central (4-4, 0-1).
No. 10 Butler 67, Garinger 56: RaeQuan Scott had 16 points. Jah’Lil Carter 15 and Orlando Robinson 11 as Butler (5-2, 1-0 Southwestern 4A) beat Garinger easily.
No. 13 Harding 79, South Meck 60: Harding got 17 points from Teyon Henry and improved to 6-1 overall, 1-0 in the SoMeck 8. The Rams outscored South Meck 26-7 in the fourth quarter to bust open a tie game. Kamil Chapman led the Sabres (3-3, 0-1) with 21.
No. 15 Charlotte Christian 61, Christ The King 38: Yale recruit Trey Phills had 15 and Kayle Mason 12 for the Knights.