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High School Sports Roundup 02.08.14

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↑  Community School of Davidson basketball: Playing its first home game since the unexpected death of coach Tony Brown, the Spartans rallied to beat Thomas Jefferson 80-76. Thomas Jefferson was in first place in the conference. Spartans sophomore John McKibbin scored a game-high 24 points and made all 14 of his free throws.

↑  Charlotte Catholic girls’ swimming: Won 13th straight N.C. High School Athletic Association state title. Catholic won their first 4A title. During the streak, the Cougars have won in three different classifications.

↑  Cougars 4 Cancer: Charlotte Catholic beat rival West Mecklenburg 67-55 at home during a basketball game to raise money for cancer research. Robbie Anderson led Catholic with 21.

↑  Marvin Ridge indoor track: Boys and girls won 3A indoor track state titles Friday in Winston-Salem.

↑  Providence Day girls’ basketball: Won its 11th straight Charlotte Indpendent School Athletic Association championship, against rival Charlotte Latin.

Observer-area 3A indoor track champions

Elizabeth Olesen (Hickory Ridge, girls’ high jump); Andrew Hower (Carson, boys’ high jump); Mariel Finger (North Gaston, girls’ pole vault); Brian Callinan, Zach Durand, Austin Payeur, Jake Blizzard (Marvin Ridge, boys’ 3,200-meter relay); Andrew Fea (North Lincoln, boys’ 1,600); Kacie Hicks (Marvin Ridge, girls’ 500); Cambria Shuford (Statesville, girls’ 300); Courtney Blanden, Maria Sanchez, Cyan Mercer, Tracey Weekes (Weddington, girls’ 1,600 relay)

Girls’ Basketball Top Performers

Mahaley Holit, Central Cabarrus: 34 points, six assists and four steals in a 68-58 win against Cox Mill. Sophomore Justice Wallace added 15 points and five rebounds. Janea Davis had 27 for Cox Mill.

Ezinne Mbamalu, Lake Norman Charter: 14 points and career-high 26 rebounds in a 59-42 win against South Point. Alex Busch had 19 points, four steals and four assists for Lake Norman Charter (20-1, 12-0).

Jaida Robinson, Anson Senior: 17 points, 22 rebounds in a 63-38 win over Monroe. Robinson had 10 offensive rebounds, a block and two steals.

Emry Tsitouris, Parkwood: 32 points and 15 rebounds in 54-43 win against Monroe.

Zaria Wright, Mallard Creek: Freshman guard had 17 points, seven assists and three blocks in a 73-36 win over Kannapolis Brown. Teammate Chantel Williams, a sophomore, had 20 points, nine rebounds, five steals and four assists.

Girls’ Basketball Roundup

Myers Park 87, Independence 17: The nationally ranked Mustangs (20-1, 10-0 Southwestern 4A) wrapped up the league championship behind 17 points from Saadia Timpton, 16 from Rydeiah Rogers, 13 from Morgan Uptegraff and 11 from Stuart Tyler. The Mustangs allowed four points in the first half. Camile Martin led Independence with eight.

West Charlotte 65, Hough 57: West Charlotte made 6-of-14 3-point shots, including 4-of-6 from Kalie Mayo, to upset Hough. The Lions got 24 points from Rachel Porter and outscored Hough 20-9 in the fourth quarter.

Weddington 46, Sun Valley 27: Weddington (19-3, 8-0 Southern Carolina) clinched at least a share of the league title. Jada Craig led Weddingon with 17 points and Remi Roberts added 11. Hannah Adamcyzk had 16 for Sun Valley.

Davidson Day 78, Forsyth Country Day 55: Maya Caldwell had 22 points and Parker Thompson 20. Davidson Day outscored Forsyth 22-9 in the second quarter to take a 40-23 halftime lead.

Boys’ Basketbal Roundup

Ardrey Kell 65, Berry 60 OT: Ardrey Kell beat its fourth Sweet 16 opponent of the season, taking down No. 5 Berry. Devin Cooper hit a 12-foot jumper at the buzzer to force overtime. Rhyle Scott had 10 points and five blocks for the Knights (17-5, 10-2 SoMeck 8). Ardrey Kell, ranked No. 14, denied Berry (18-3, 11-1) the conference championship. Berry can grab a share Tuesday at West Mecklenburg. See video of Cooper’s big shot at charlotteobserver.com/preps

Olympic 49, South Meck 42: Olympic (20-2, 10-2) stayed alive in the conference championship race, with Ardrey Kell’s upset and the Trojans win. CJ Jackson had 27 points for Olympic, which led by only two points going into the fourth quarter. South’s Grant Hedberg had 15 points.

Providence Day 91, Charlotte Latin 61: The Chargers, No. 2 in the Sweet 16 poll, won for the 13th straight time. Providence Day (22-3, 7-0 CISAA) also won the outright CISAA championship. Chaz Raye had 17, Grant Williams 15, Jordan Watkins 16 and Josh Howard 18 for Providence Day. Rusty Reigel of Latin led all scorers with 22. Providence Day busted the game open by outscoring Latin 32-12 in the second quarter.

Independence 75, Myers Park 51: The Patriots (13-9, 9-1) moved within one game of clinching at least a share of the Southwestern 4A title. Independence can do that by beating Rocky River Tuesday at Grady Cole Center. The Patriots got 19 points and seven rebounds from Charlotte football recruit Workpeh Kofa, plus 13 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and five steals from Deion Lane. Tayon Gleaves had 16 points. Myers Park got 16 points from Zaqwuan Matthews.

Friday’s Top Boys Basketball Performers

Mike Baez, Charlotte United: 25 points for 6-5 junior wing in a 79-52 win over Grace Academy.

James Demery, Northside Christian: 27 points for nationally ranked Knights in a 132-49 win over Westminster Catawba. Keyshawn Woods had 25.

John Emezie, Marvin Ridge: 21 pionts in 66-55 win over Cuthbertson Friday. Had 39 in a 102-93 win over Anson Senior Thursday

Teyon Henry, Harding: made seven 3-point shots and scored 26 points in a 90-58 win over Providence. Dalen Dotson led the Panthers with 19.

Grayson Hickert, Lake Norman Charter: freshman made 4-of-5 3-point shots and scored a career-high 16 in a 56-41 win over South Point.

Nehemiah Mabson, United Faith: 22 points, 11 rebounds, four assists in the Falcons win over Victory Christian that clinched the Southern Piedmont championship. Teammate Ty Gadsden had 17 points, eight assists and three steals.

Matt Morgan, Cox Mill: 32 points in a 77-60 win over Central Cabarrus.

Steven Santa-Ana, Ardrey Kell: 25 points to lead Knights to huge upset of Berry to keep Ardrey Kell’s conference championship hopes alive.

James Tillman, Kings Mountain: scored his 1,000th point in a 92-63 win over Chase. He finished with 23 points.

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