Friday, Feb. 15
Lake Norman at North Meck (girls)
Time: 6 p.m.
Breakdown: North Meck entered the final week of the regular-season tied with Hopewell for third place in the I-Meck 4A, and face a tough test on senior night. Last time agaist Lake Norman, the Vikings defeated the Wildcats in overtime, 55-52, on Jan. 22 in Mooresville. In that contest, North Meck’s Jessica Timmons was held below her season average, scoring “only” 19. After beating Hopewell Tuesday, Feb. 12, Lake Norman will have the opportunity to finish at .500 on the season and in conference. Like Timmons, Lake Norman junior Lauren Sullivan is one of the top scorers in the conference.
Carolina International School at CSD (boys)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Breakdown: Community School of Davidson wrapped up the PAC 7 1A with a win over Queen’s Grant Friday, Feb. 8, and will honor its five senior starters. One of those seniors, Brandon Ellington, had 23 points and 10 rebounds against second-place Queen’s Grant. The Comets from Carolina International have a balanced scoring attack, with four players averaging between 10 and 12.6 points per contest. And their roster is experienced as well, with seniors being their top six leading scorers. Entering their Tuesday, Feb. 12, game against Union Academy, the Spartans had won seven in a row.
Hopewell at West Charlotte (boys)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Breakdown: It’s fitting this game is played at the closest I-Meck school to uptown Charlotte on All-Star weekend. Hopewell entered Tuesday, Feb. 12, tied for third with Vance, as West Charlotte was a game back from first-place North Meck. The Titans’ Brice Williams eclipsed the 1,000-point mark against Mallard Creek and is putting up 21.3 points per game. The Titans are one of the few teams around that can match up with versatile 6-foot-8 Lions forward Patrick Williams, headed to Florida State, with 6-7 Williams and 6-8 Alvin Cannady. Hopewell won the first game in the matchup 72-68 in overtime, as four Titans scored in double-figures Jan. 22.