Games to Watch – Postponed rivalry games arrive in Mooresville, Huntersville

Neveah Farmer and North Meck take on Hopewell Saturday, Jan. 29. /Doug Coats

Thursday, Jan. 27

Lake Norman High at Mooresville (boys)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Breakdown: Round one in the battle for Mooresville will feature two of the conference’s top scorers. The new year has not been kind to Lake Norman (11-5), who will look to right the ship against its rival after losing three straight before a matchup with A.L. Brown. Cole Callaway is averaging 18.2 points per game, while Davis Wagner is a rebound shy of averaging a double-double. Meanwhile, the Blue Devils (13-1) have reeled off eight straight before the mass-postponements arrived. Last time out, K.C. Shaw poured up 29 points to increase his average to 21 per game.

Lake Norman High at Mooresville (girls)

Time: 6 p.m.

Breakdown: The Mooresville High School gym will be rocking all night, as both boys and girls matchups have both ends of the town’s rivalry pumped up. First, Lake Norman’s girls will look to remain unbeaten in the Greater Metro 4 against an upstart Blue Devils squad. Kirsten Lewis-Williams has stood out even among the Wildcats’ Big 3, leading the team in points (16.1) rebounds (8.4) and assists (3.0). Much like the boys, Mooresville’s girls are amid a turnaround season, having already doubled last year’s win total, having won three our of four in the new year.


Friday, Jan. 28

North Iredell at North Lincoln (boys)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Breakdown: The final leg of a brutal three-game week, North Lincoln gets a shot to shake the Western Foothills 3A standings. The Knights (9-6) had won four of five entering its game against Hickory Jan. 25 and tied for fourth in the conference. Jack Waggoner is leading the team in points (13.5) and is second in rebounds (3.9) in the up-tempo attack. North Iredell (10-5) fell to first-place East Lincoln Jan. 14, as Jackson Hawkins is leading a big, experienced Raiders club with 16 points per game. How much will the teams have left in the tank?


Saturday, Jan. 29

North Meck at Hopewell (girls)

Time: 1 p.m.

Breakdown: In a time usually reserved for showcase games, North Meck and Hopewell will play a rescheduled game that will have huge ramifications and the top end of the Queen City 3A/4A standings – and bragging rights. North (15-2) has won three in a row in the series, and as many in a row entering its game against Mallard Creek Jan. 28. For Hopewell, (12-4) junior Dearia Page has been an all-around force, with 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.8 steals per game. The Titans lack in experience, but have had a resurgent season under first-year head coach Altamise Leath.


Tuesday, Feb. 1

Pine Lake Prep at Community School of Davidson (boys & girls)

Time: 6 p.m.

Breakdown: Just because a game is a rivalry, doesn’t mean it’s always competitive. For Pine Lake-CSD, it seemingly comes down to the final minute every time, across all sports. In the boys game, Seth Johnson leads a CSD (7-7) squad looking move above .500 overall and in the Catawba Shores standings. Pine Lake is having a rare down year, as coach Tony Dunbar is developing his inexperienced players to fit into his system. The CSD girls (9-5) have just one conference loss to Lincoln Charter, and need to maintain its winning streak to stay in striking distance. The Pride (3-13) have tough tasks in consecutive games, first against Langtree Charter Friday, then the Spartans.

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