High School Sports

Charlotte-Area High School Basketball Games To Watch

Victory Christian (13-5) at Providence Day (12-4), 7:30 p.m.: At least 10 college recruits will play in this game between private school state championship contenders, including 6-foot-10 Charlotte 49ers recruit Ebuka Izunda of Victory and Providence Day’s Grant Williams. Izunda, a senior, and Williams, a 6-7 junior, are both ranked among the state’s top 10 in their classes. They will likely guard each other. MaxPreps ranks Providence Day No. 7 among all N.C. teams, public or private. Victory is No. 18.

No. 13 Berry (11-3, 3-1 SoMeck 8) at No. 1 Ardrey Kell (13-1, 4-0), 7:30 p.m.: The Knights are No. 1 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 for the first time and are riding a school-record 12-game win streak. The 13-1 start matches the best in school history. Ardrey Kell’s first game in the top spot is tough. Berry beat No. 5 Olympic in a Christmas tournament final and has won seven straight games.

No. 6 Butler (14-2, 4-0 Southwestern 4A) at Porter Ridge (8-5, 3-0), 7:30 p.m.: Butler has won 12 straight and heads into a big conference game on the road. The Bulldogs and Porter Ridge are the only two conference unbeatens, one game ahead of Rocky River (5-10, 3-1) in the loss column.

No. 4 West Charlotte (10-2, 3-1 MECKA 8) at No. 7 Hough (11-3, 4-0): Hough is up by one game on West Charlotte, North Meck (13-1, 3-1) and Robinson (10-3, 3-1) in a tight league race. A win over the Lions would be big.

Friday’s Observer-area schedule (girls at 6, boys to follow)

A.L. Brown at Mallard Creek

Alexander Central at South Iredell

Ashbrook at Forestview

Anson County at Cuthbertson

Berry at Ardrey Kell

Bessemer City at Lincoln Charter

Butler at Porter Ridge

Carmel Christian at Woodlawn School (Girls)

Carolina Christian vs. North Hills Christian in Cramerton No Boundaries Tournament (Boys)

Carolina Christian vs. Cramerton Christian in Cramerton No Boundaries Tournament (Girls)

Central Cabarrus at Northwest Cabarrus

Charlotte Catholic at West Mecklenburg

Charlotte Christian at Ravenscroft

Charlotte Country Day at Cary Academy

Charlotte United Christian at New Garden

Cherryville at Highland Tech

Chester at South Pointe (S.C.)

Comenius at Charlotte Latin (Girls)

Concord at Rocky River

Covenant Day at Rabun-Gap Nacoochee

Cox Mill at Carson

East Gaston at North Gaston

East Lincoln at Maiden

Fort Mill at Clover

Garinger at East Mecklenburg

Greater Cabarrus Stallions at Crossroads Charter

Hickory Ridge at West Rowan

Hunter Huss at Stuart Cramer

Jay M. Robinson at Hopewell

Metrolina Christian at Northside Christian

Monroe at Mount Pleasant

Mountain Island Charter at Community School of Davidson

Myers Park at Independence

Nation Ford at York

North Iredell at Statesville

North Lincoln at Lake Norman

North Mecklenburg at Vance

Olympic at South Mecklenburg

Parkwood at Forest Hills

Pine Lake Prep at Thomas Jefferson Academy

Providence at Harding

Queens Grant at Albemarle

Rock Hill at Gaffney

SouthLake Christian at Concord First Assembly

South Point at Lake Norman Charter

Sun Valley at Piedmont

Union Academy at Gray Stone Day

Victory Christian at Providence Day

Walnut Grove at Charlotte Latin (Boys)

Weddington at Marvin Ridge

Wesleyan Christian at Davidson Day

West Caldwell at Lincolnton

West Charlotte at Hough

West Iredell at Mooresville

West Lincoln at Bandys

Westminster Catawba at Hickory Grove

West Stanly at Central Academy

Langston Wertz Jr.