Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Berry, Anson Sr. boys, Christian girls off to hot starts

-- Berry's boys (6-2) are led by sophomores Jaquantis Pinder (20ppg, 4 rpg) and Dajuan Graf (15 ppg, 5 rpg, 3 apg, 3 spg). Junior Quincy Ekechwu is averaging 10 rebounds as Berry hs kept winning since losing senior all-conference star Ricky Perry (12 ppg, 15 rpg) Nov. 20. Berry is 4-2 without Perry and plays at Unionville Piedmont Friday.

-- With three starters missing on the football team, Anson Senior's boys are 1-3. Anson plays tonight against South Stanly and Thursday at East Montgomery. Through four games, junior forward Terrance Polk is averaging 14.4 points, 16.2 rebounds and 4 blocks. He set a school record Nov. 30 against Central Cabarrus with 23 rebounds.

-- Charlotte Christian freshman girls basketball player Gigi Bailey, a national recruit, is about 6-3 and has a college-sized body already. She really reminds me of former Garinger star Tiffani Johnson, who was a three-time Parade All-American in the early '90s before she played at Tennessee.

-- The Knights boys are 4-1 after Tuesday's 70-62 loss to United Faith. The Knights are winning by an average of 14 points and that includes wins at 3A power Hickory High and private 3A power Forsyth Country Day. Christian plays Trinity Christian of Fayetteville Friday at Gaston Day. Trinity features 6-10 South Carolina recruit Demontrae Harris. Christian features 6-8 junior Gamecocks recruit Anthony Gill.

Gill is averaging 18.4 pionts, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. He is shooting 66 percent from the floor. Teammate Akil Mitchell, who hit four 3s and had 25 points against United Faith, is a Virginia signee. He's averaging 17.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists. He played the best game I'd ever seen him play Tuesday in a college-style environment. And boy can he shoot it. At 6-8, he's going to be a matchup nightmare in the ACC.

-- Providence Day junior Connor Sullivan is averaging 23 points, five assists and 3 steals in four games, while shooting 57 percent from 3-point range. He had 31 points in Tuesday's win against Gaston Day, making 10-of-18 shots. He also had six assists, five rebounds and 2 steals. His older brother, Carson, was a star at Charlotte Christian and is now at Pennsylvania.

-- Lake Norman's girls are 4-2, losing to 3A powers Concord and Gastonia Forestview. The team has only "lost" three quarters in six games and has outscored opponents 364-287. Sophomore Marissa Riley (14.2 ppg) leads the team in scoring. Lake Norman hosts North Meck Friday.

-- Early season candidate for player of the year is Butler girls preseason All-American Cierra Burdick. The Tennessee recruit, a 6-2 junior, is averaging 25 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks for the Bulldogs who play rival Myers Park Thursday.

-- Hopewell is 8-0 and boys coach Eric Davis said his defense isn't where he'd like. Hmm, opponents are averaging 43.2 points. Hopewell, which has a showdown at home with unbeaten West Charlotte Friday, averages 65.2 points.

-- Danielle Childress, a 5-6 sophomore guard from Olympic, hit five 3-pointers in win over Gastonia Huss Tuesday. She finished with 19 for the Trojans, who are 5-1, the team's best start in four years. Olympic plays at unbeaten Charlotte Catholic Friday.

-- Cherryville's Terry Whisnant had 24 points and nine rebounds for the Ironmen in an 89-77 win over Belmont South Point. Thomas Bess had 22 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the 2-0 Ironmen.