Friday, Jan. 11
North Meck at Mallard Creek girls
Time: 6 p.m.
Breakdown: North Meck’s first conference loss came to rival Hopewell Jan. 4 but the Vikings still held a 9-4 overall record entering its game against Hough. Mallard Creek, which went 14-0 in the I-Meck 4A last season and 28-3 overall, had to replace its top-two leading scorers. With a 9-3 record through Jan. 7, the Mavericks are getting 20.3 points per game from senior Dazia Lawrence. The 5-foot-9 guard is also picking up 2.5 steals and 2.9 rebounds per game. Mallard Creek had a 50-point win over Lake Norman in December. Last year, the Vikings fell to Mallard Creek by 14 and nine points.
Hopewell at Mooresville boys
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Breakdown: Following a visit from Page High School from Greensboro, the Titans travel to Mooresville. A loss to North Meck Jan. 4 dropped Hopewell to 6-5, while Mooresville’s five-game winning streak was followed by two losses, making the Blue Devils record 5-7. Titan seniors Brice Williams and Alvin Cannady are the high-scorers for coach Michael McNeil’s team, with 19.2 and 13.3, respectively. Both players should also have a height advantage over the Blue Devils, whose tallest player is 6-3 sophomore Lamont Thornton. Look for lots ball pressure from Mooresville to force the Titans to turn the ball over.
Monday, Jan. 14
Community School of Davidson at Lake Norman Charter boys
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Breakdown: The Spartans entered 2019 red-hot, winning seven games in a row, including those in the Laurie Ann Cruse Christmas Tournament. In the championship game, CSD beat 2A Mount Pleasant 79-49 for a second consecutive tournament title. The 1A team, led by senior Brandon Ellington, will face another 2A school in Lake Norman Charter. The Knights fell to 3-6 overall and 1-2 in the South Fork following a loss to Maiden Jan. 4. Senior Ian Martino and freshman Donovan Atwell both score in double-figures for LNC.