Friday, Feb. 8
CSD at Queen’s Grant (boys)
Time: 7:15 p.m.
Breakdown: Though Community School of Davidson is ranked second in the state in 1A by MaxPreps, the Spartans still only had a one-game lead in the PAC 7 – over Queen’s Grant. Following its seven-point win over Pine Lake Prep Jan. 25, CSD outscored its next three opponents by an average of 72-38. Pine Lake ended Queen’s Grant’s four-game win streak Friday, Feb. 1, as the Stallions from Matthews play at 7-3 Mountain Island Charter and home against last-place Bradford Prep to close the season. CSD won the first matchup 52-34.
Tuesday, Feb. 12
Lake Norman at Hopewell (girls)
Time: 6 p.m.
Breakdown: Hopewell picked up a huge overtime win over North Meck Friday, Feb. 1, to stay in the hunt for a conference title, and Lake Norman will be a tough obstacle in pursuit of that goal. The Titans were 7-3 entering their Tuesday, Feb. 5, game at I-Meck co-leader Mallard Creek, which was 9-1 and tied with Vance. Despite having 1,000-point scorer Aniya Finger, Hopewell has had balanced scoring recently. Four players had between 10 and 17 points against Olympic, and three were between 13 and 15 against the Vikings. Lake Norman’s last three games are against teams in the top half of the conference.
North Meck at Vance (boys)
Time: 7 p.m.
Breakdown: North Meck followed up its lone in-state loss of the season with a dismantling of rival Hopewell Friday, Feb. 1, and the Vikings will look to close the regular season with wins. Following games at Hough and against Mallard Creek, North Meck will face third-place Vance, whose only losses are to I-Meck teams. The Cougars’ pressure defense has created an average of 14.5 steals per game, meaning Viking guards like Shamann Artis and Trayden Williams will need to take care of the ball. Vance at the very least will have the opportunity to spoil the Vikings’ conference title hopes.