Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Gamecocks recruits lead Christian, Prov. Day boys and girls wins

Charlotte Christian’s Anthony Gill and Providence’s Day Tiffany Mitchell know they are one of the best players on the court every time they step on the basketball court.

Tuesday night, both Gill and Mitchell, who are both committed to play for South Carolina in the future, proved why they are considered among Charlotte’s best leading their respective teams to big CISAA conference (Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association) wins against their arch rival.

Gill, a senior, who has signed with the Gamecocks, scored 23 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to lead the No. 3 (Observer Sweet 16) Knights past the Chargers 63-51 on the road.

Meanwhile, Mitchell, who committed to South Carolina Tuesday, scored 24 points, including three key baskets in the last three minutes to help the No. 6 (Observer Sweet 16) Providence Day to a 57-49 win over the No. 10 Knights.

Mitchell played in front of her future coach, South Carolina’s Dawn Staley, who also played for the Charlotte Sting.

“Tiffany is a flat out winner,” Providence Day girls’ basketball coach Josh Springer said. “Whether is a key basket or rebound or steal, she makes the winning play that we need. Her teammates really feed off of her intensity and energy.”

The Chargers, who haven’t lost a CISAA conference game in more than six years now, got everything they could handle from sophomore, center Gigi Bailey and the Knights.

The Knights (15-2, 2-1) rallied several times, including getting within one-point at 45-44 with just 3:24 remaining in the game. But Mitchell and sophomore point guard Jada Brayboy (11 points, three assists) took control from there leading the Chargers (15-4, 3-0) on a 10-2 run over the next three minutes to extend the lead to 55-46 with just 20 seconds to play.

 Like Mitchell, Gill led his Charlotte Christian team a key CISAA victory going on an 11-0 run by himself to start the second half as the Knights turned a tight game into a 17-point lead and never looked back.

Gill and company’s run in the third quarter was 18-0 overall, with 11 points coming from Gill and four from Ryan Potocnik, who had 16 points and five rebounds on the night.

“Anthony (Gill) is an outstanding player,” Charlotte Christian basketball coach Shonn Brown said. “But he is also an outstanding person and teammate. He does whatever the team needs him to do. Tonight, we need him to do a lot.”

Providence Day looked strong early, taking a 12-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, but couldn’t stand up to the Christian pressure defense for the entire 32 minutes.

Sophomore point guard Bryon Fields led the Chargers with 14 points, while senior Connor Sullivan added 12 points.

Score By Quarter
                                                1     2     3     4     -   Final
Charlotte Christian             10   14   19   20    -    63
Providence Day                    12    6    8     25    -    51

Anthony Gill 23, Ryan Potocnik 16, Smith 7, Rooks 6, I. Ebert 3, Walker 2, U-edosomwan 2, Richter 2, Watkins 2.
Bryon Fields 14, Connor Sullivan 12, Watkins 8, Stramm 7, Hickson 6, Plaus 2, Ratchford 2.
Records: Charlotte Christian (17-3, 3-0); Providence Day (13-6, 1-2).


Score By Quarter
                                            1     2     3     4     -   Final
Providence Day                14   15   10   18    -     57
Charlotte Christian          8    18    8    15    -     49

Tiffany Mitchell 24, Jada Brayboy 11, Burnick 7, White 6, Mosack 5, Parker 4.
Gigi Bailey 21, Barnett 13, Kirk 7, Mazyck 7, Smith 1.
Records: Providence Day (15-4, 3-0); Charlotte Christian (15-2, 2-1).