↑ South Mecklenburg boys: Upset Sweet 16 No. 7 Charlotte Catholic 58-55
↑ Concord Robinson boys: Upset Sweet 16 No. 2 North Mecklenburg 61-57
↑ Cydne Pennington, Charlotte Latin girls: eighth double-digit scoring effort with 26 points in Tuesday’s 51-28 win against Forsyth Country Day. Latin improved to 6-6.
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↑ Butler boys: Bulldogs, No. 8 in the Observer’s Sweet 16, have won 12 straight after Tuesday’s 67-55 victory over Rocky River.
Tuesday’s boys’ top performers
DJ Caldwell, Concord First Assembly: Scored 23 of his game-high 26 points during the first quarter of an 83-58 win against Metrolina Christian. Teammate Charles Minlend had 31 points.
Kenny Hairston, Davidson Day: Game-high 26 points in a 70-69 overtime victory over High Point Christian.
Ebuka Izundu, Victory Christian: Seven points, 17 rebounds, five blocks in a 72-40 win against Cannon School.
Zaqwaun Matthews, Myers Park: 30 points in a 80-66 loss to Porter Ridge. Dexter York led Porter Ridge with 22.
Derek McKnight, Gaston Day: 20 points, eight assists in a 66-64 victory over SouthLake Christian.
Luke Moore, Carolina Christian: 42 points in a 75-63 loss to Fletcher School. Fletcher’s Brandon Campbell had 32 and Akil Hasan 21.
RaeQuan Scott, Butler: 29 points in a win against Rocky River. Bulldogs improved to 14-2, 4-0 in the Southwestern 4A
Tuesday’s boys’ roundup
No. 9 Concord Robinson 61, No. 2 North Mecklenburg 57: Sophomore All-Amerian Lavar Batts had a game-high 23 points as Robinson ended North Meck’s unbeaten start. Daniel Spencer (15) and Jordan McKenzie (11) had big games for Robinson. North Meck got 15 from Taj Middleton and 12 from CJ Bryce.
No. 1 West Charlotte 78, Hopewell 50: Simeon Carter had 24 points and Nakia Rivers 12 in an easy win. The score was tied at 28 at halftime before the Lions outscored Hopewell 22-6 in the third quarter. Mark Sherrill led Hough with 10 points.
No. 3 Providence Day 56, Team Australia 47: 10 of 11 Providence Day players scored, led by 18 from Josh Howard and 14 from Grant Williams. Chargers are 12-4.
No. 5 Ardrey Kell 75, Providence 55: Ardrey Kell (13-1) won its school-record 12th straight game to equal the best start in school history. Reserve Wes Morgan made four 3-point shots for Ardrey Kell, which got 18 points from Rhyle Scott and 14 from Steven Santa Ana. Providence (6-6) got 19 from Dalen Dotson.
No. 6 Olympic 72, West Meck 33: Malik Constantine had 17 points in the easy win, and the Trojans got 10 points each from Damari Parris, Dontier Phelps and Quincy Eaddy.
South Mecklenburg 58, No. 7 Charlotte Catholic 55: Kamil Chapman scored 19, including four free throws during the final nine seconds, and South Mecklenburg rallied to win. The Sabres were outscored 17-9 in the third quarter, losing a 28-20 halftime lead, but got a fourth-quarter push to pull off the upset. Jalen Blakeney added 16 for the Sabres. Joe Scibelli led Catholic with 19 points.
No. 14 Hickory Ridge 57, Carson 44: Avery Metcalf, Bobby Babson and Jaylen Stowe combined for 43 points as Hickory Ridge (12-2, 7-0) got an easy win after trailing 13-6 in the first quarter.
No. 15 Weddington 61, Cuthbertson 35: Weddington got 27 points from Ryan Schweiger and improved to 12-2 overall, 1-0 in the Southern Carolina 3A. Cuthbertson fell to 9-4, 0-1.
Charlotte United 75, Grace Academy 43: Ryder Mansfield had 15 points and Michael Baez 14 for Charlotte United (14-7). Grace Academy got 16 points from Shawn Morrison.
Mallard Creek 56, Vance 54: Mallard Creek trailed 11-6 but rallied for a narrow MECKA 4A win. Brandon Faison had 22 for the Mavericks and Ken Gorham added 15.
Charlotte Country Day 54, Carmel Christian 42: Michael White had 14 points and Andy Salisbury 12 for the Bucs (7-8), who outscored Carmel 15-8 in the fourth quarter. Remele Everett-Hicks had 16 for Carmel (10-6).
Tuesday’s girls’ top performers
Jessica Gaston, West Charlotte: 12 points, 10 rebounds, two steals in a 49-38 loss to Hopewell. O’Marri Holland added 12 points, seven steals and four assists.
Mahaley Holit, Central Cabarrus: 28 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, five steals in 69-65 victory over Central Cabarrus. Teammates Kelsey Adcock (21 points, four rebounds) and Sophia McFarlane (10 points, 21 rebounds) also had big games.
Ja’Yon Leak, Northside Christian: 13 points, eight assists, six rebounds, six steals in a 63-6 win against Westminster Catawba.
Jordan Muhammad, Ardrey Kell: 19 points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists in a 49-26 victory over Providence. Muhammad, daughter of former Carolina Panthers receiver Muhsin Muhammad, made all three of her 3-point attempts.
Shimiah Oglesby, Jania Ikard, Statesville: Combined for 42 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and seven steals in a 61-59 loss to Alexander Central.
Stephanie Watts, Weddington: 22 points, 10 rebounds, six assists in a 55-33 win against Cuthbertson. Remi Roberts added 13 for Weddington (13-1). Taylor Helms led Cuthbertson (9-4) with 19 points.
Zaria Wright, Concord First Assembly: 19 points, six steals, four rebounds, three assists and a block in a 60-19 victory over Metrolina Christian. Teammate Ramesha Bennett added 19 points, six rebounds and three steals. Concord First Assembly is 11-2.
Tuesday’s girls’ roundup
No. 1 Myers Park 68, Porter Ridge 26: Myers Park (11-1, 3-0 Southwestern 4A) played for the first time since Dec. 18 and won easily. The Mustangs took a nine-day break and coach Barb Nelson thinks it helped. N.C. State recruit DD Rogers led the Mustangs with 14 points and and Ariyanna Brown added 12.
No. 3 Ardrey Kell 49, Providence 26: Ardrey Kell (12-2, 4-0 SoMeck 4A) jumped to a 20-2 lead and never looked back. Michaela Daniels had eight points, six steals and four assists for Providence (6-5, 2-1).
No. 5 Providence Day 48, Australia 37: Erin Whalen and Janelle Bailey combined for 36 points in a home win.
South Meck 46, No. 7 Charlotte Catholic 44: The Sabres (8-5, 3-1 SoMeck 8 4A) pulled off the upset behind 18 points, seven steals from Courtney Sanderson and 14 points and five rebounds from Ali Fitch. Catholic got 15 from Kristal Mainsah.
No. 9 Robinson 81, North Meck 63: Robinson got 20 points from Brittany Vaughters and 19 from Ashley Bearden. North Meck outscored Robinson 17-9 in the third quarter to get within upset range, but Robinson won the fourth quarter 26-17. North Meck got 24 points from Dynasty Howard.
No. 11 Hickory Ridge 53, Carson 49: Gabby Smith had 14 points and Stacia Means 11 as Hickory Ridge (12-2, 7-0 South Piedmont 3A) got a tough win against Carson (6-8, 3-3).
No. 16 Mallard Creek 45, Vance 33: Kayla Brown (12), Janae Davis (10) and Autumn Drayton (10) scored 32 points for the Mavericks, who outscored Vance 15-4 in the fourth quarter. Ahlana Smith had 11 for Vance.
West Meck 56, Olympic 46: Jasmine Gray had 16 points and Melia Paige 10 to lead the Hawks. Olympic got a game-high 21 from Chelsea Redd.
By the numbers
2: Community School of Davidson outscored Highland Tech 12-2 in the first quarter of a 49-16 boys’ win.
3: Hough’s girls held A.L. Brown to three points in the first quarter of 45-40 win. Renee Alquiza had 13 for Hough.
4: Double-digit scorers for Fort Mill’s boys in a 90-76 win against Shelby: AJ Foti (20), Corey Wills (18), Tanner Mitchell (15) and Brandon Plyler (12).
9: Community School of Davidson’s girls won their ninth game, 47-25 over Highland Tech. Community School of Davidson won nine games all of last season.