Friday, February 26, 2010

Charlotte teams advance in private playoffs; public playoffs continue

Charlotte Christian's boys won their 19th straight game Thursday in the N.C. Independent School state quarterfinals in Greensboro, beating Charlotte Latin 60-42.

The Knights (28-3) got 19 points from junior center Anthony Gill. Christian will play Raleigh Ravenscroft in an 8:30 p.m. semifinal tonight at Greensboro Day School.

-- Providence Day's girls, hunting a sixth straight NCISAA state finals appearance, beat Cary Academy 80-56 Thursday. The top seeded Chargers got 22 points and 8 rebounds from sophomore guard Tiffany Mitchell and 27 points and 15 rebounds from senior center Nneka Awuruonye.

-- Defending 3A champ Hickory Grove's girls also advanced to the semifinals with a close 51-43 win over Country Day. The Lions will play Charlotte Christian (20-7), which blew out Durham Academy 50-26.

-- In 2A, Victory Christian's girls, seeded No. 2, advanced to the semifinals. The Lady Kings beat Fayetteville Academy 55-39 and improved to 27-9 on the season. They'll face Fayetteville Christian (27-3) in a 7 p.m semifinal tonight.

-- Victory Christian's boys entered the tournament with a 16-18 record, but upset top seed Westchester Country Day 66-64 in overtime. Westchester fell to 27-2 on the season. The top half of the 2A bracket has been filled with upsets. Victory (18-18), a No. 9 seed, will face No. 12 seed High Point Christian (14-17) in a 5:30 p.m. semifinal tonight.

In the bottom half of the bracket, Concord's First Assembly (27-1), the No. 2 seed, will face No. 3 Asheville Christian (21-7).

Thursday's Quarterfinal Results
1A Girls: Raleigh Word of God 53, Northwood 39; Greenfield 48, Hobgood 39; Shannon Forest 58, Oakwood 48 OT; Wayne Country Day 39, United Faith 29
Today's 1A Girls Semifinals at Calvary Baptist: Word of God vs. Greenfield, 4; Shannon Forest vs. Wayne, 7 p.m.

1A Boys: Trinity Christian 85, Durham Trinity 69; Greenfield 71, Word of God 55; Flora Macdonald 76, Wayne Country Day 25; United Faith 71, Davidson Day 49
Today's 1A Boys Semifinals at Forsyth Country Day: Trinity Christian vs. Greenfield, 5:30; Flora Macdonald vs. United Faith, 8:30

2A Girls: Carolina Day 65, Calvary Baptist 40; Cary Christian 56, First Assembly 45; Fay. Christian 59, Carolina Friends 47; Victory Christian 55, Fayetteville Academy 39
Today's 2A Girls Semifinals at Wesleyan Christian: Cary Christian vs. Fay. Christian, 4; Victory Christian vs. Fay. Christian, 7

2A Boys: Victory Christian 66, Westchester Country Day 64 OT; HP Christian 62, Gaston Day 36; Asheville Christian 64, Caldwell Academy 52; Concord First Assembly 73, St. David's 56
Today's 2A Boys Semifinals at Westchester Country Day: Victory Christian vs. HP Christian, 5:30; First Assembly vs. Asheville Christian, 8:30

3A Girls: Providence Day 80, Cary Academy 56; Raleigh Ravenscroft 64, Forsyth Country Day 52; Hickory Grove 51, Country Day 43; Charlotte Christian 50, Durham Academy 26
Today's 3A Girls Semifinals at Greensboro Day: Providence Day vs. Ravenscroft, 4; Hickory Grove vs. Charlotte Christian, 7

3A Boys: Christ School 81, Wesleyan 40; Forsyth Country Day 82, Greensboro Day 63; Ravenscroft 41, Cannon 37; Charlotte Christian 60, Charlotte Latin 42
Today's 3A Boys Semifinals at Greensboro Day: Christ Schol vs. Forsyth Country Day, 5:30; Ravenscroft vs. Charlotte Christian, 8:30


West Charlotte's boys' basketball team will go to Boone tonight to play Watauga in a N.C. 4A sectional championship game at 6 p.m. If the Lions win, they'll qualify for their first Western Regional berth since 2005.

The Lions, like all of tonight's sectional finalists, are four wins away from a state championship.

West Charlotte, which used to be a perennial state power, hasn't won one in 11 years.

Coach Baronton Terry, whose team finished fourth in the I-Meck conference this season, said West Charlotte is in this position because it is finally learning to play together.

At the start of the season, the Lions were working in a new backcourt. Point guard Jacoby Davis moved in from Vance's district and shooting guard J.T. Terrell moved to Charlotte from Burlington.

The Lions had a lot of new young players, too. They started strong, going 7-0, but Terrell was suspended four games for throwing an elbow just before the Christmas tournaments began.

That stole some of the Lions' early momentum.

"We were just starting to get used to one another and then J.T. was gone for four games," Terry said. "Then we learned to play without him and then he came back."

The Lions lost three of four games Jan. 8-22 and dropped to 12-7. Over their next four games, they went 2-2.

Then something's clicked in the postseason.

West Charlotte (20-9) has won five straight games by an average of 18.4 points, including Wednesday's 66-47 win over Vance. Terrell has scored 157 points in that run and made 26 three-point shots.

"I think we're peaking at the right time," Terry said. "We've really come together and started to play well."

Also tonight

Ardrey Kell (19-8) plays at Winston-Salem Reagan (21-3). The Knights are in the Sweet 16 for the second straight season and are one win away from a second straight N.C. 4A Western Regional berth.

Their first two playoff opponents were 23-32 combined. Things will be tougher tonight.

Myers Park (16-9) at Lake Norman (22-3). The game will start at 8 because Lake Norman's girls (23-5) are also in the sectional finals tonight at home against Asheville Reynolds (19-3).

Myers Park was a regional semifinalist a year ago, but needed a wild card to reach the postseason. The Mustangs upset I-Meck regular-season champ Hopewell at Hopewell Wednesday. Lake Norman lost twice to Hopewell this season.

Harding (16-12) at Concord (24-5): Concord is going for its eighth N.C. Western regional appearance. Harding has never been. The game matches two great guards: Harding's Corey Raley-Ross and Concord's Jacquise Moore.

Salisbury (18-5) at Berry (22-7): Berry is in the sectional finals for the first time since 2005 and seeks its first regional appearance. Salisbury hasn't been to the regionals since 1992.

Butler girls (21-4) at Greensboro Dudley (24-4): Dudley was N.C. 3A champ in 2009 before it moved up in class. Butler reached the N.C. 4A state semifinals last season before it lost to eventual state champ West Charlotte.

The teams have a common opponent this season. Gastonia Forestview, which is in tonight's 3A sectional finals, beat Dudley 47-40 Nov. 28. Butler beat Forestview 72-62 on Dec. 2.

East Meck (25-2) at Winston-Salem Reynolds (25-3): The Eagles are looking for a repeat regional trip. To do it, they'll have to end Reynolds' eight-game win streak.

McDowell (26-1) at Hopewell (23-4): Hopewell has set a school-record for wins and hunts its first regional appearance. McDowell will look for its 12th regional appearance and first since 2008.

Tonight's Public School Sectional Finals. Tip times at 7 p.m. unless listed
4A Girls: McDowell at Hopewell; Asheville Reynolds at Lake Norman, 6:30; East Meck at W-S Reynolds; Butler at Greensboro Dudley

3A Girls: Hickory Ridge at North Iredell; Charlotte Catholic at Concord, 6:30; Freedom at Forestview; R-S Central at Erwin

2A Girls: Bandys at Pisgah; N. Surry at Newton-Conover; Salisbury/E. Lincoln vs. W-S Carver; Thomasville/N. Lincoln vs. Shelby/E. Davidson

1A Girls: Avery at Robbinsville; Mitchell at E. Wilkes; E. Surry at Mt Airy; Bishop McGuinness at Highland Tech

4A Boys: Myers Park at Lake Norman; W. Charlotte at Watauga; Ardrey Kell at W-S Reagan; Ragsdale at Dudley

3A Boys: Burns vs. N. Buncombe/Hibriten; Freedom at Hunter Huss; Harding at Concord; Anson at West Rowan

2A Boys: Polk County at Smoky Mtn; W. Stokes/Pisgah vs. W. Caldwell; Salisbury at Berry; Carver at Andrews

1A Boys: Mitchell at Nantahala; Hendersonville at N. Wilkes; W-S Prep at Monroe; Bishop McGuinness at Cherryville