↑ Ardrey Kell’s Muhammad sisters: Jordan had 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 60-44 win against Northside Christian. Sisters Chase (13 points, seven rebounds, four steals) and Journey (eight points, three rebounds) also had big games.
↑ Northside Christian boys’ coaches Byron Dinkins and Joe Badgett: Head coach Dinkins and Badgett, his chief assistant, loaned the Knights’ white jerseys to Lake Norman, when Lake Norman showed up for Monday’s game with Concord wearing black (Concord was the home team). So Lake Norman had an AAU look: dark shorts against Northside Christian’s white jerseys. Nice show of sportmanship.
↑ Tuesday’s national championship: Nationally ranked John Carroll (Md.) will play Maryland power St. James at 9:15 p.m. at Ardrey Kell.
↓ Ardrey Kell gym floor: The west end on the floor stayed moist Monday, causing several players to take some awkward-looking falls.
(Boys) White Station (Tenn.) 70, Luella (Ga.) 56
(Girls) Norcross (Ga.) 39, Davidson Day 30
(Boys) Dillard (Fla.) 74, Northside Christian 66
(Girls) Ardrey Kell 60, Northside Christian 44
(Boys) St. James (Md.) 57, Providence Day 50
(Boys) Concord 59, Lake Norman 55
(Boys) John Carroll 39, Morgan Co. 33
(Boys) Ardrey Kell 58, Victory Christian 56
Tuesday’s final-day pairings
All games at Ardrey Kell High
(Boys) National 7th-place game: Luella (Ga.) vs. Northside Christian, 9 a.m.
(Boys) National 5th-place game: White Station (Tenn.) vs. Dillard (Fla.), 10:45 a.m.
(Girls) Ardrey Kell vs. Norcross (Ga.), 12:30
(Boys) Ardrey Kell vs. Concord, 2:15
(Boys) National 3rd-place game: Providence Day vs. Morgan Co (Ga.), 4
(Girls) Davidson Day vs. Northside Christian, 5:45
(Boys) Lake Norman vs. Victory Christian, 7:30
(Boys) National championship: St James (Md.) vs. John Carroll (Md.), 9:15
Monday’s top performers
Maya Caldwell, Davidson Day girls: 17 points, nine rebounds, four steals in 39-30 loss to Norcross (Ga.).
Keion Farrington, Cedric Wright, Dillard (Fla.) boys: Farrington had 20 points, 12 rebounds and two assists in a 74-66 win against Northside Christian. Wright added 21 points, four rebounds, and the pair shot 17-of-24 from the field combined.
Ty Gadsden, Victory Christian boys: 17 points, six rebounds, three assists in a 58-56 loss to Ardrey Kell.
Ray Kowalski, Concord boys: Made five of nine 3-point attempts and finished with a game-high 28 points and three rebounds in a 59-55 win against Lake Norman. Leaky Black, a 6-foot-5 point guard, added nine rebounds, six assissts and two steals.
Taylor Mason, Norcross (Ga.) girls: 10 points, 10 rebounds, four assists in a 39-30 win against Davidson Day.
Eleah Parker, Northside Christian girls: 17 points, 12 rebounds in a 60-44 loss to Ardrey Kell.
Justin Robinson, St. James (Md.) boys: A 6-2 point guard and a Virginia Tech recruit, he had 23 points, nine assists and two rebounds in a 57-50 win against Providence Day.
Steven Santa Ana, Devin Cooper, Ardrey Kell boys: Santa Ana had 11 points, four rebounds and three assists, including the winning assist to Cooper in a 58-56 win against Victory Christian at the buzzer. Cooper had eight points and thewinning shot.
Hunter Seacat, Lake Norman boys: A 6-9 center, he had 16 points and 11 rebounds and three blocks in 59-55 loss to Concord.
Rayjon Tucker, Northside Christian boys: Florida Gulf Coast signee had 26 points, five rebounds in a 74-66 loss to Dillard (Fla.)
Monday’s quick hits
ARDREY KELL BOYS 58, VICTORY CHRISTIAN 56 – Victory Christian trailed by 10 late in the fourth quarter but rallied behind Ty Gadsden (17 points, six rebounds) and Brent Davis (nine points, five rebounds). Gadsden tied the score with a 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds to play, but Ardrey Kell won on a Devin Cooper layup at the buzzer. The Knights shot 52 percent and constantly doubled-teamed 6-9 center Ebuka Izundu, who was in early foul trouble and finished with 11 points and nine rebounds. Victory Christian played without starting guard DeShawn Patterson, who sat in the stands wearing a school warmup.
ARDREY KELL GIRLS 60, NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN 44 – Ardrey Kell led by one after the first quarter but busted the game by outscoring Northside Christian 25-8 in the second and third quarters. Ardrey Kell held Northside to 30 percent shooting. Northside’s Eleah Parker had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Ardrey Kell got 16 points, six rebounds from Jordan Muhammad, 13 points and seven rebounds from Chase Muhammad and 10 points from Darah Dewalt.
CONCORD BOYS 59, LAKE NORMAN 55 – Northside Christian transfer Ray Kowalski had 28 points to lead Concord over Lake Norman. Concord’s pressure broke open a tight game in the fourth quarter. Hunter Seacat, a 6-9 center, led Lake Norman with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Lake Norman was playing without all-state forward Kishawn Pritchett (knee), who has signed with Davidson. Pritchett said he hopes to return in January.
DILLARD (FLA.) BOYS 74, NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN 66 – Dillard got 41 points and 16 rebounds from its inside post stars, Keion Farrington and Cedric Wright, and handed Northside its second straight loss at the tournament. Northside star Rayjon Tucker, a Florida Gulf Coast recruit, had 26 points, five rebounds and three steals. But Northside shot 42 percent and made six of 20 3-point attempts. Dillard shot 60.5 percent, constantly dumping the ball inside to Farmington and Wright.
NORCROSS (GA.) GIRLS 39, DAVIDSON DAY 30 – In a game in which both teams shot less than 25 percent, Norcross survived. Davidson Day made a late run, outscoring Norcross 14-8 in the fourth quarter, paced by 17 points and nine rebounds from Maya Caldwell and six points and 12 rebounds from Parker Thompkins. Norcross was led by 11 points and eight rebounds from Tylia Gillespie.
WHITE STATION (TENN.) BOYS 70, LUELLA (GA.) 56 – White Station advanced to Tuesday’s fifth-place game with the win, which was paced by 37 points, six rebounds and four assists from Nych Smith. Smith was 1-for-7 on 3-point attempts but made 17 of 24 of his two-point attempts. Dillion Mitchell added 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Luella got 19 points, four rebounds and four assists from Andre Banton.
JOHN CARROLL (MD.) BOYS 39, MORGAN COUNTY (GA.) 33 – Morgan County employed a 2-3 zone that frustrated the larger John Carroll team and kept the game close, but John Caroll fought through poor free-throw shooting (3-for-11) and the slow-down tactic by outrebounding Morgan County 30-16 and limiting Morgan County to 38 percent shooting.