Charlotte-area high school basketball previews, schedule

A look at some of the top boys’ and girls’ basketball games in the area this weekend.

Area Previews


(Boys) Hickory Tavern-Chick fil A Blakeney Classic, at Ardrey Kell – Host Ardrey Kell and Charlotte Catholic take on a pair of powers, in Asheville’s A.C. Reynolds and Raleigh’s Cardinal Gibbons. Friday’s doubleheader has Charlotte Catholic facing Cardinal Gibbons at 6, followed by Ardrey Kell-A.C. Reynolds at 7:30. On Saturday, Charlotte Catholic plays A.C. Reynolds at 1, followed at 2:30 by Ardrey Kell-Cardinal Gibbons. Reynolds is 0-1 this season but finished 21-5 last season. Cardinal Gibbons feature highly-touted 6-1 point guard Aiden Smalls, who is averaging 15 points and 7 rebounds per game.

(Boys and girls) Cabarrus County Classic, at Cox Mill – Most of the county’s teams compete in this two-day event. Central Cabarrus, a 3A state powerhouse, plays in the nightcap both Friday and Saturday nights. The Vikings face Cox Mill at 9:30 p.m. Friday. Cox Mill swept a pair of games in Asheville last weekend and is expected to challenge for the Greater Metro 4 4A title this season. At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Central Cabarrus faces Concord Academy, the defending 3A private school state champion. Central Cabarrus is No. 3 in The Observer’s Sweet 16, while Concord Academy is No. 4.


(Girls) North Mecklenburg (4-0) at Lake Norman (4-0), 3:30 p.m. – The visiting Vikings have rolled to four straight victories and are expected to challenge for the Queen City 3A-4A title this season. The host Wildcats are led by Kirsten Lewis-Williams, who is averaging 19.3 points a game. These are two teams that could go a long way in the 4A state playoffs next February and March.

The schedule


Hickory Tavern/Chick fil A Blakeney Classic

(at Ardrey Kell / boys)

Charlotte Catholic vs. Cardinal Gibbons, 6

Ardrey Kell vs. A.C. Reynolds, 7:30

Cabarrus County Classic

(at Cox Mill)

(main gym)

West Cabarrus vs. Concord (girls), 3:30

West Cabarrus vs. Concord (boys), 5

Northwest Cabarrus vs. Hickory Ridge (boys), 6:30

Cox Mill vs. Central Cabarrus (girls), 8

Cox Mill vs. Central Cabarrus (boys), 9:30

(auxiliary gym)

Northwest Cabarrus vs. Hickory Ridge (girls), 5

Tyler Lewis Hoopsfest

(at Forsyth Country Day)

Quality Education vs. N.C. GBB National, 4:30

Lake Norman vs. Mount Tabor, 6

Carmel Christian vs. Dudley, 7:30

Forsyth Country Day vs. Cummings, 9

Metrolina Athletic Conference

Gaston Day at Gaston Christian

Metrolina Christian at Hickory Grove Christian

SouthLake Christian at Northside Christian

Westminster Catawba at Concord Academy

Mecklenburg nonconference

A.C. Reynolds at Myers Park (girls)

Berry Academy at Rocky River

Charlotte Christian at Victory Christian (boys)

Corvian Community at Charlotte Country Day (girls)

Durham Academy at Charlotte Latin

East Mecklenburg at Cuthbertson

Garinger at West Charlotte

Greater Cabarrus Stallions at Queens Grant Charter

Highland Tech at Bradford Prep

Jay M. Robinson at Mallard Creek

Lake Norman at Providence

Lake Norman Charter at Pine Lake Prep, ppd

North Mecklenburg at Catawba Ridge, SC (girls)

North Rowan at Community School of Davidson

Palisades at Fort Mill (SC)

Ravenscroft at Providence Day

South Charlotte Thunder at Forsyth Home Educators

Tabernacle Christian at Davidson Day (boys)

Union Academy at Christ the King

West Mecklenburg at Harding

Area nonconference

Albemarle at West Stanly

Alexander Central at South Iredell

Anson County at Chesterfield (SC)

Ashbrook at North Gaston

Asheville Trailblazers at Thomas Jefferson Academy

Avery County at Watauga

Burns at Crest

Cabarrus Charter at Covenant Classical

Carolina Day at University Christian

Carolina International at North Stanly

Central Academy at Piedmont

Draughn at Patton

East Burke at Freedom

Forsyth Country Day at Statesville Christian

Franklin Prep at North Hills Christian (boys)

Fred T. Foard at Bandys

Gray Stone Day at South Davidson

Greensboro Day at Cannon School (boys)

Hibriten at South Point

Hickory at Newton-Conover

Jesse Carson at Statesville

Langtree Charter at Lake Norman Christian (boys)

Lincoln Charter at Porter Ridge

Moravian Prep vs. The Burlington School, in Good Guys Vs. Cancer Classic, at First Flight High

North Gaston at Bessemer City

Parkwood at Marvin Ridge

Salisbury at Forest Hills

South Rowan at Stuart Cramer

South Stanly at Southwestern Randolph

St. Stephens at Bunker Hill

Sun Valley at Monroe

Trinity at East Rowan

Uwharrie Charter at Richmond Senior

West Caldwell at South Caldwell

West Iredell at Maiden

West Lincoln at Cherryville

West Wilkes at Ashe County

West Rowan at North Iredell


Hickory Tavern/Chick fil A Blakeney Classic

(at Ardrey Kell / boys)

Charlotte Catholic vs. A.C. Reynolds, 1

Ardrey Kell vs. Cardinal Gibbons, 2:30

Cabarrus County Classic

(at Cox Mill High)

Concord vs. Mount Pleasant (girls), noon

Central Cabarrus vs. West Cabarrus (girls), 1:30

Cox Mill vs. Northwest Cabarrus (girls), 4

Northwest Cabarrus vs. Mount Pleasant (boys), 5:30

Cox Mill vs. Concord (boys), 7

Central Cabarrus vs. Concord Academy (boys), 8:30

Tyler Lewis Hoopsfest

(at Forsyth Country Day)

Walkertown vs. Mount Tabor, noon

Northwest Guilford vs. Chatham Charter, 1:30

United Faith vs. Winston-Salem Christian, 3

Salisbury vs. Calvary Day, 4:30

Raleigh Christian vs. Quality Education, 6

John Marshall (VA) vs. Holly Springs, 7:30

Forsyth Country Day vs. East Forsyth, 9

Diamonds Classic

(at Legion Collegiate, in Rock Hill / girls)

Carmel Christian vs. Westminster Catawba, noon

Butler vs. Chambers, 1:30

Victory Christian vs. Northside Christian, 3

Olympic vs. The Burlington School, 4:30

Hickory Ridge vs. Quality Education, 6

South Mecklenburg vs. Legion Collegiate (SC), 7:30

Battle at the Rock

(Rock Hill Events and Sports Center)

Clover (SC) vs. South Florence (SC), 11 a.m. (boys)

Victory Christian vs. Hillcrest (SC), 12:30 (boys)

Gaston Day vs. Augusta (GA) Christian, 2 (boys)

Lancaster (SC) vs. T.L. Hanna (SC), 3:30 (boys)

Dorman (SC) vs. Christ School, 5 (boys)

Cannon School vs. Lexington (SC), 6:30 (boys)

South Pointe (SC) vs. Southside Christian (SC), 8 (girls)

South Pointe (SC) vs. Andrew Jackson (SC), 9:30 (boys)

Mecklenburg nonconference

Carolina International at Charlotte Country Day (boys, 2:30)

Catawba Ridge (SC) at Myers Park (girls, 5)

Corvian Community at Covenant Day (boys, 1:30)

Cuthbertson at Hough (girls, 2; boys, 4)

Durham Academy at Covenant Day (girls, noon)

Durham Academy at Providence Day (boys, noon)

Indian Land at South Charlotte Thunder (girls, 3)

Oak Hill Academy (VA) Regional at South Charlotte Thunder (boys, 4:15)

Providence at A.C. Reynolds (girls, 2)

Ravenscroft at Charlotte Latin (girls, noon; boys, 2)

Winston-Salem Christian at United Faith Christian (boys, 3)

Area nonconference

Combine Academy vs. Branson (MO) Link Academy, in Marshall County Hoopsfest, in Benton, KY, 7

Forest Hills vs. Weddington (at Wingate Univ.)

East Lincoln at Lincolnton, (girls, 1; boys, 2:30)

Moravian Prep vs. Word of God, in Good Guys vs. Cancer Classic, at First Flight High

West Lincoln at Avery County (girls, 2; boys, 3:45)

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