HUNTERSVILLE – The boys and girls teams from Mooresville and Lake Norman all made first-round exits in the I-Meck 4A conference tournament held at Hopewell High School.
Lake Norman girls
After alternating between wins and losses since Feb. 1, the Wildcats (11-14) lost a second consecutive game to North Meck in Huntersville, 61-59, on Tuesday.
The Vikings won 71-55 at home Feb. 15.
In the tournament game at Hopewell, Lake Norman leading scorer Lauren Sullivan only scored 6 first-half points since she picked up her third foul in the second quarter, sending her to the bench. In her stead, sophomore Madison Saunders and senior Candis Dancy each had 9 at the half, as the Wildcats had a 1-point lead.
This, all despite the 25 points North Meck’s Jessica Timmons scored in the first two quarters.
In the second half, though, Lake Norman played Timmons tightly, as the Viking sophomore was held to 6 points in the second half, but scored a crucial basket with close to a minute remaining.
Sullivan ended the game with 17 points and fouled out with 13 seconds left. Saunders scored 15 and Dancy had 9.
By finishing fifth in the I-Meck, the Wildcats will likely earn a playoff bid.
Lake Norman boys
Facing a tall task in challenging conference 2 seed West Charlotte, the Wildcats fell 83-65 Monday.
It was the fifth loss in a row for Lake Norman (10-15), though the team still has a shot at making the state playoffs.
The Blue Devils were tied at halftime with Mallard Creek, but fell 84-71 Monday, Feb. 18, as they allowed 25 fourth-quarter points to the Mavericks.
Senior Griffin White scored 20 points on 17 shots, while grabbing a team-high six rebounds to lead Mooresville. Classmate Shy Smith connected on 4-of-5 3-pointers to score 14 points.
Sophomore Glenwood Robinson scored 11 points, and senior AJ Stewart recorded four steals.
White averaged 15.1 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Devils, who finished 6-19 overall. Mooresville defeated rival Lake Norman two of out three times this season.
The Blue Devils fell to 2 seed Mallard Creek 60-23 Tuesday, Feb. 19, after falling to the same team to close the regular season Feb. 15.
Mooresville has a 6-19 record in coach Jay Clark’s first season at his alma mater. Senior Alecsai Allen and sophomore Kaylan Daniels were two of the top players for the Devils.