Friday, Feb. 8
Vance at Lake Norman (boys)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Breakdown: Lake Norman picked up consecutive wins over Mallard Creek and Hough before falling to Mooresville Tuesday, Feb. 5. And with Vance falling in a tight game to West Charlotte the same night, both teams will be looking to get back into the win column and finish the season strong. This will be senior night for and likely the final home game for Zach Schulz, Zane Haglan, Reese Rossi, Grey Welsh and Dan Davidson. The visiting Cougars could still finish second in the I-Meck by winning out, and will apply their notorious pressure on Wildcat ball-handlers.
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.
West Charlotte at Mooresville (boys)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Breakdown: The matchup against West Charlotte will be the second in a row for Mooresville facing players signed with Division I schools. And the Lions’ 6-foot-8 Patrick Williams, who will be playing for Florida State, is worth the price of admission. But the Blue Devils should be playing with more confidence following its big win over Lake Norman Tuesday. Senior Griffin White is leading Mooresville in scoring and rebounding at 14.6 points and 5.4 boards per game. He and classmates Shy Smith, AJ Stewart and Sean Hill will be looking to have strong performances on their senior night.