The 10-team girls basketball South Mecklenburg New Year’s Classic concluded Saturday, with the host Sabres coming away with a 68-27 victory over the Garinger Wildcats (1-11) in the tournament’s finale.
The Sabres (7-5) took an 18-4 first-quarter lead and never looked back. South Meck went 2-0 in the classic by also winning Friday with a 67-30 victory over Central Academy.
There were many areas where the Sabres’ performance pleased South Meck coach Christie Mitchell, but one stood out.
“Something about today’s game that I was really excited with was how well we shared the ball,” she said. “We were not selfish and had a lot of players that had career highs in other areas besides points. We don’t normally harp on points. I want to see rebounds; I want to see steals, assists and other things that are going on.”
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Carrington Barnett led South Meck with 19 points and seven rebounds, with Courtney Sanderson adding 13 points and six steals for the Sabres in the rout. Mitchell cleared the bench in the third quarter as 11 different South Meck players scored, while the Sabres had 20 steals.
“We had a lot of teamwork and played as a team,” said Sanderson. “Everyone was excited (about being the host team) because it was our court, we got to do what we wanted to do and we got it done.”
For Garinger, sophomore Jasmine Sanders scored all but four of the Wildcats 27 points, a game high. Garinger coach Aaron Brown knows he has something special in his prize sophomore and has a plan for the future.
“I’m very excited about having Jasmine back next season,” said Brown. “We’re in a stage right now of developing the players around her so we have better chances of winning. She’s a phenomenal player, but right now, it’s hard for her because teams are geared for her.”
Mitchell summed up the success of the first-year classic: “We had 10 local teams that came in and played, we had some good match-ups and we used it as a fundraiser for the girls basketball program.”
West Charlotte 61, East Mecklenburg 31
Berry 76, Independence 36
Olympic 52, Central Academy 43
Rocky River 61, Providence 43
South Mecklenburg 68, Garinger 27