HS Hoops Primer: get ready for the weekend’s key games

Cannon School head basketball coach Che Roth, center, and the team’s bench celebrate a 10-second call against Greensboro Day during second half action on Friday, December 4, 2020. Canon pressured the ball upon inbounds by Greensboro Day.

Cannon School head basketball coach Che Roth, center, and the team’s bench celebrate a 10-second call against Greensboro Day during second half action on Friday, December 4, 2020. Canon pressured the ball upon inbounds by Greensboro Day.


Prep basketball preview, schedule

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


(Girls) Mallard Creek (8-0) at North Mecklenburg (7-1), 6 p.m. – It’s a meeting of the giants in the Queen City 3A-4A girls’ race. Sophomore Elle Stone is averaging 21.0 points and 5.2 steals for the visiting Mavericks, ranked fifth this week among N.C.’s 4A teams. The sixth-ranked Vikings feature the strong backcourt of Nevaeh Farmer and Dearia Page.

(Boys) Mallard Creek (3-5) at North Mecklenburg (7-0), 7:30 p.m. – Mallard Creek got off to a good start but has lost three in a row. Freshman Rassell Young (11.3 points) has been a bright spot. The host Vikings are the state’s No. 1-ranked 4A team this week.

(Boys) Concord (5-3) at Central Cabarrus (8-0), 7:30 p.m. – The visiting Spiders take a three-game win streak into this South Piedmont 3A game and have a genuine standout in senior G James Smith (19.6 points). The Vikings, ranked No. 1 in 3A this week, have the makings of a special team. They have hit the 100-point mark four times, and all five starters are averaging in double figures. The Vikings are averaging 93 points a game.

(Boys) Hickory (5-1) at East Lincoln (7-0), 7 p.m. – The Red Tornadoes figure to be East Lincoln’s key challenger in the Western Foothills 3A race. PF John Holbrook leads the offense (14.3 points). Jackson Farmer, a 6-6 sophomore, is leading the Mustangs with 16.8 points and 6.0 rebounds a game, and Mason Simmons (9.2 rebounds) is the key player on the inside.

By the way, East Lincoln’s girls are 7-0, with Hailey McFadden averaging 11.0 points and 7.8 rebounds. Hickory is 1-4.

(Boys) Chambers (4-2) at Cannon School (11-2), 9 p.m. – This is the nightcap of the three-game schedule in Day 1 of the Phenom Hoops Holiday Classic at Cannon School. Chambers is ranked sixth in 4A this week and owns a victory this season over powerhouse Myers Park. The host Cougars, ranked seventh among private schools, have won five in a row.

(Girls) Watauga (6-1) at Lake Norman (9-0), 5:30 p.m. – PG Kate Sears (21.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.7 steals) leads attack for Watauga, the No. 9 4A team this week. The host Wildcats, ranked third, are getting 16.9 points and 6.3 rebounds from senior G Kirsten Lewis-Williams. Supporting her are sophomore twins Samantha (15.4 points) and Alexis (6.6 rebounds) Shehan.

(Girls) Ardrey Kell (5-2) at Cuthbertson (5-2), 5:30 p.m. – To beat the Cavaliers, Ardrey Kell will have to find a way of stopping senior Amanda Sacoto (17.3 points, 11.7 rebounds). This will be the second tough game in two nights for Ardrey Kell, which faces Myers Park on Thursday.


(Boys) Phenom Hoops Holiday Classic, at Cannon School – Seven games are on the schedule, beginning at noon. The final four games feature ranked private schools – No. 4 United Faith Christian (vs. Forsyth Country Day, 4:30 p.m.); No. 3 Concord Academy (vs. Providence Day, 6 p.m.); No. 2 Carmel Christian (vs. Mallard Creek, 7:30); and No. 7 Cannon School (vs. Freedom, 9).

(Boys and Girls) Kings Christmas Classic, at Victory Christian – There’s a five-game schedule, starting at 1 p.m. The field includes Victory Christian, ranked No. 6 among girls’ private school teams.

(Boys) City of Palms Classic, in Fort Myers, FL – Myers Park will be playing on Florida’s Gulf Coast, with an 8:45 p.m. tipoff Saturday against the winner of Friday’s game between Charlotte (FL) and London (KY) North Laurel. Should the Mustangs win, and they’ll play again Monday.

(Boys) The Bash, at Ridge View High, Columbia – The six-game schedule includes North Mecklenburg (facing Keenan at 1:30 p.m.) and Combine Academy (facing defending S.C. 5A state champion Ridge View at 9 p.m.).

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The schedule


Metro 8 1A

Corvian Community at Apprentice Academy (boys)


Albemarle at Anson County

A.L. Brown at Red Springs

Catawba Ridge at South Point (girls)

Crest at Burns

Draughn at Patton

East Henderson at Chase

East Wilkes at West Iredell

Hibriten at Newton-Conover

North Lincoln at Lincolnton

North Stanly at West Stanly

Parkwood at Mount Pleasant

Queens Grant Charter at Cuthbertson

Richmond Senior at Pine Forest

R-S Central at West Henderson

South Iredell at Statesville

Union Academy at Community School of Davidson

Westminster Catawba at Arborbrook Christian (girls)


SoMeck 4A

Ardrey Kell at Myers Park

Catawba Shores 1A-2A

Bradford Prep at Christ the King

Metro 8 1A

Cabarrus Charter at Sugar Creek Charter


1 of 1 Academy at United Faith Christian (girls)

Carolina International at Combine Academy Regional (boys)

Central Academy at Langtree Charter

Charlotte Latin at Indian Land (SC) (girls)

Covenant Day at Arborbrook Christian (girls)

East Rutherford at Chesnee (SC)

Elevation Prep at Winston-Salem Christian National (boys)Forest Hills at Porter Ridge

Lake Norman Christian at Mountain Island Charter (boys)

North Iredell at Pine Lake Prep

Richmond Senior vs. Knoxville (TN) Catholic, in Five Star Hoops Classic in Knoxville (boys)

South Caldwell at McDowell

Weddington at Providence

The Bash (boys)

(at Ridge View High, Columbia)

Combine Academy vs. Gray Collegiate (SC), 6:30

Oak Hill (VA) Academy vs. Ridge View (SC), 8


Queen City 3A-4A

Hopewell at West Charlotte

Mallard Creek at North Mecklenburg

West Mecklenburg at Hough

SoMeck 4A

Harding at Berry Academy

Olympic at Palisades

Southwestern 4A

Butler at East Mecklenburg

Charlotte Catholic at Rocky River

Garinger at Independence

Greater Metro 4 4A

Hickory Ridge at West Cabarrus

South Iredell at Cox Mill

Sandhills 3A-4A

Lee County at Hoke County

Southern Lee at Scotland County

Big South 3A

Ashbrook at Crest

Hunter Huss at Kings Mountain

North Gaston at Forestview

South Point at Stuart Cramer

South Piedmont 3A

Concord at Central Cabarrus

East Rowan at Northwest Cabarrus

Lake Norman Charter at Jesse Carson

South Rowan at West Rowan

Western Foothills 3A

Hickory at East Lincoln

North Iredell at Fred T. Foard

Statesville at North Lincoln

West Iredell at St. Stephens

Catawba Valley 2A

Lincolnton at Bunker Hill

Maiden at East Burke

Newton-Conover at West Caldwell

West Lincoln at Bandys

Mountain Foothills 2A

Brevard at East Rutherford

Hendersonville at R-S Central

Patton at Polk County

Catawba Shores 1A-2A

Community School of Davidson at Bradford Prep

Central Carolina 1A-2A

East Davidson at North Rowan

Salisbury at South Davidson

Thomasville at West Davidson

Southern Piedmont 1A-2A

Burns at Highland Tech

Shelby at Cherryville

Thomas Jefferson Academy at Bessemer City

Western Highlands 1A-2A

Draughn at Avery County

Mitchell County at C.D. Owen

Mountain Heritage at Rosman

Yadkin Valley 1A-2A

Albemarle at Mount Pleasant

North Stanly at South Stanly (boys)

Metro 8 1A

Corvian Community at Queens Grant Charter

Piedmont Community Charter at Apprentice Academy (boys)

Phenom Hoops Holiday Classic (boys)

(at Cannon School)

Charlotte Country Day vs. Virginia Episcopal, 6

Concord Academy vs. Forsyth Country Day, 7:30

Cannon School vs. Chambers, 9

Kings Christmas Classic (boys/girls)

(at Victory Christian)

Charlotte Country Day vs. Lincoln Charter (girls), 4:30

Victory Christian vs. 1 of 1 Academy (girls), 6

Lincoln Charter vs. Victory Christian (boys), 7:30


Alexander Central at Central Davidson

Ardrey Kell at Cuthbertson

Caldwell Academy at Hickory Christian

Cannon School at 1 of 1 Academy (girls)

Chase at East Henderson

Comenius School at South Charlotte Thunder

Freedom at Enka (girls)

Gaston Day at Westchester Country Day

Greater Cabarrus Stallions at Surry Homeschool

Hickory Grove Christian at Coastal Christian

Marvin Ridge at Parkwood

Monroe at Sun Valley

North Davidson at Central Academy

Northside Christian at Covenant Day (boys)

Rabun Gap (GA) School at Carmel Christian

Richmond Senior vs. Lebanon (TN), in Five Star Hoops Classic, in Knoxville (TN) (boys)

Tabernacle Christian at University Christian

Watauga at Lake Norman

West Stanly at Piedmont



Central Carolina Prep at Elevation Prep (boys), 3

Davie County at Watauga (girls, 2:30; boys, 4)

Greensboro Day at Providence Day (girls), 2

Hopewell at Winston-Salem Christian (girls), 2

Jay M. Robinson at North Rowan (girls, 4:30; boys, 6)

Rabun Gap (GA) School at Charlotte Christian (girls, 1; boys, 2:30)

Salisbury at Ben Smith (girls, 4; boys, 6)

SouthLake Christian at Asheville School (girls, 1; boys, 2:30)

West Caldwell at Hibriten (girls, 2:30; boys, 4)

York (SC) at South Point (girls, 2; boys, 3:30)

Phenom Hoops Holiday Classic (boys)

(at Cannon School)

Calvary Day vs. Indian Land (SC), noon

Metrolina Christian vs. The Burlington School, 1:30

Gaston Christian vs. Virginia Episcopal, 3

United Faith Christian vs. Forsyth Country Day, 4:30

Concord Academy vs. Providence Day, 6

Carmel Christian vs. Mallard Creek, 7:30

Cannon School vs. Freedom, 9

Kings Christmas Classic (boys/girls)

(at Victory Christian)

Covenant Day vs. Lincoln Charter (girls), 1

Covenant Day vs. Lincoln Charter (boys), 2:30

Mount Zion vs. Quality Education (boys), 4

Victory Christian vs. Westminster Catawba (girls), 5:30

Victory Christian vs. Westminster Catawba (boys), 7

City of Palms Classic (boys)

(at Fort Myers, Fla.)

Myers Park vs. winner of Friday’s Charlotte (FL)-London (KY) North Laurel game, 8:45

The Bash (boys)

(at Ridge View High, Columbia)

Augusta (GA) Cross Creek vs. Byrnes (SC), noon

North Mecklenburg vs. Keenan (SC), 1:30

Augusta (GA) Christian vs. Westwood (SC), 3

Huntington Prep (WV) vs. Lexington (SC), 6

Oak Hill (VA) vs. Gray Collegiate (SC), 7:30

Combine Academy vs. Ridge View (SC), 9

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