Aniya Finger

Hopewell junior Aniya Finger scored her 1,000th career point Jan. 4.

Friday, Jan. 18

Hopewell at Lake Norman girls

Time: 6 p.m.

Breakdown: The Wildcats will look to rebound from a loss to first-place Vance Jan. 11 that ended a five-game winning streak. But the game against Hopewell will be a challenge offensively, as the Titans only yielded 68 combined points against Greensboro’s Page and Mooresville. This game will feature two of the lake’s most dynamic scorers in Lauren Sullivan from Lake Norman and the Titans’ Aniya Finger. Both juniors, Finger is averaging 19.3 a game while Sullivan is putting up 20.1. The teams each enter with 3-2 I-Meck 4A records. North Meck is also part of the three-way tie for third.

Hopewell at Lake Norman boys

Time: 7:45 p.m.

Breakdown: While Lake Norman (8-7, 1-4 I-Meck) is enduring an up-and-down season, the Titans (9-5, 3-2) are riding a three-game winning streak entering this conference showdown. Hopewell followed up a 12-point win over Page with a blowout victory the next night over Mooresville. In the 70-47 win, the Titans exploded for 55 points in the second and third quarters and got 24 points from senior Brice Williams and 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals from Thomas Jackson. Hopewell’s zone was effective against Page, but the Wildcats' backcourt of Zane Haglan and Grey Welsh have the ability to heat up from outside.

Vance at North Meck boys

Time: 7 p.m.

Breakdown: North Meck and Vance enter this conference matchup with identical 12-2 records. The Vikings, however, are unbeaten in the I-Meck, while the Cougars have a 3-2 league record. In its 73-60 win over Mallard Creek Jan. 11, North Meck got 33 points from junior sharpshooter Tristan Maxwell and a double-double from junior forward Dee Givens. Except for the game against West Charlotte, North has beaten the other I-Meck foes by double-digits, with the only losses coming to out-of-state teams. Vance senior Brandon Beidleman leads the team in points (16.9) and assists (7.1), and classmate Ralph Black scores 15.9 a game.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 22

Pine Lake Prep at MICS boys

Time: 7 p.m.

Breakdown: Pine Lake Prep enters this PAC 7 1A showdown having gone on a five game winning streak entering its Jan. 18 game against Carolina International. The first of those wins came over Lake Norman, where leading scorer DeMarcus Johnson played last season. He’s averaging just shy of 19 a game, and has scored at least 25 four times this season. Entering Jan. 15’s games, the Pride were at 2-1 in conference, a half-game back from Mountain Island, who was been hot as of late themselves. The Raptors haven’t played as many games as the Pride, but didn’t lose a game from Dec. 7 through Jan. 15. Gabe Stephens and Demetrious Washington each score in double-figures for MICS.

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