Monday, February 20, 2012

West Charlotte, Harding kick off playoffs with easy wins

West Charlotte, the defending N.C. 4A champion, beat I-Meck 4A conference rival Mooresville 77-52 in the first round of the N.C. 4A playoffs Monday.

The Lions led 24-11 after the first quarter and 39-24 at halftime en route to the easy win. West Charlotte center Kennedy Meeks finished with 20 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Michael Brown, a Western Carolina recruit, had 14 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals.

-- Harding upset Sweet 16 No. 1 Olympic Friday and backed that win up Monday in the first round of the N.C. 3A playoffs.

The Rams, No. 3 in the Sweet 16, beat A.L. Brown 81-55. The Rams led 28-9 after the first quarter.

Harding star Jarvis Haywood had 27 points, five rebounds and teammates Emmanual Patton (23 points) and Tony Lowery (13 pionts, 10 rebounds, four steals, three assists) also had big games.

A.L. Brown got 12 points from Tevin Stark and 12 from Derrick Copeland.

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