Thursday’s Rewind: Charlotte Latin uses 2nd half push to get past Charlotte Christian

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Charlotte Christian’s young boys’ basketball team did everything coach Shonn Brown has asked of them Thursday night -- for one half.

Then a senior-laden Charlotte Latin squad took advantage of the Knights’ mistakes in the second half and raced to a 60-49 CISAA victory.

The visiting Hawks (12-3, 4-0) outscored Charlotte Christian (8-7, 2-4) 41-22 in the second half after trailing by eight points at intermission.

“Once we made a defensive adjustment at halftime, we were able to get some momentum,” Charlotte Latin coach Chris Berger said. “I messed them up. I was trying to be too crafty in the first half.”

Berger had the Hawks using a variety of defenses in the first two quarters. Then he switched his team to a man-to-man defense in the third quarter.

“I was very pleased with the second half-defense,” Berger said. “To hold a team like that in check is quite an accomplishment.”

Brown, whose normal eight-player rotation includes a freshman and four sophomores, saw the game as a learning experience.

“What we did in the first half -- that’s what we want to build our team around,” Brown said. “We stuck to fundamentals. We pushed the tempo. We did it well.

“And then? We just got out of sync.”

Sophomore Bryce Cash and senior David Lash each scored six points in the first half, as Charlotte Christian built a lead that stretched to 12 points (25-13) midway in the second quarter. The Knights led 27-19 at the half.

But the Hawks’ Jaylen Jones scored a basket and a free throw to start the second half, and teammate Graham Calton hit a 3-pointer, and suddenly Charlotte Christian’s lead had shrunk to 27-25. The Knights steadied themselves and led 32-29 with 3:21 left in the quarter.

That’s when Charlotte Latin went on a 18-2 run, stretching into the fourth quarter. By the time Calton hit another 3-pointer with 5:31 left in the game, the Hawks were up 47-34.

The rest was academic.

“It all starts on the defensive end for us,” Berger said. “We’re not the kind of team that will go out there and be the first to score 100 points. Coach Brown has a nice team. I really love that lineup. But our defense played well in the second half, and that set up our offense.”

Brown said his team allowed the Hawks to get a few uncontested 3-point shots in the second half.

“And a team like that will make those shots,” he said.


Graham Calton, Charlotte Latin: Calton, a 6-5 senior forward, scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed five rebounds. He connected on four 3-pointers and scored 12 points in the decisive fourth quarter.

Bryce Cash, Charlotte Christian: A 6-4 sophomore, Cash scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Jaylen Jones, Charlotte Latin: Jones, a 5-10 junior guard, scored 11 points and had five assists. He scored all but two of his points in the second half.

Worth mentioning

Both coaches said their teams are behind in their development, because of COVID-related postponements this season. And both said they have added nonconference games Saturday to their schedules, to help prepare for the state tournament that begins in two weeks.

That added Saturday game, plus a makeup contest next week, means Charlotte Latin will play five times in 10 days. “It’s kind of an NBA schedule,” Berger said. “But in a season like this, our guys are excited to play.” Two of those games next week will be against the CISAA’s other unbeaten team, Cannon School.

Charlotte Christian had a cold shooting night. The Knights hit 17-of-44 from the floor for 38.6 percent. Even in the first half, when they piled up a big lead, the Knights shot only 36 percent (9-of-25).

Charlotte Latin shot 55 percent from the floor, hitting 22-of-40. The Hawks made 9-of-13 in the fourth quarter.


“We’re very excited about where we’re at. We have a very tough schedule for the next week and a half, but we’re excited to play those games.” -- Charlotte Latin coach Chris Berger.


Both teams host Asheville-area schools in Saturday matinees. Charlotte Latin entertains Asheville School at 1:30 p.m., and Charlotte Christian hosts Christ School, also at 1:30 p.m.

Lake Norman Christian to face national power Saturday

Two of the highest-ranked college basketball recruits in America will meet Saturday when Lake Norman Christian takes on national power Ypsi Prep Academy.

The game is set for 2 p.m. at the Davis Field House, on the campus of Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C.

The game’s top names will be Lake Norman Christian guard Mikey Williams, the No. 2-ranked player in this year’s sophomore class; and Ypsi Prep’s Emoni Bates, who is ranked No. 1 in the junior class and is a Michigan State commit.

But each team is loaded with other Division 1 recruits.

“We have a couple connections that helped set this up,” Lake Norman Christian coach Pat McCarthy said. “That enabled us to set up some big games.

“We actually had this game scheduled twice previously, but it got rescheduled.”

McCarthy’s Ospreys (15-5) lost 59-57 Tuesday night to United Faith Christian and will play Friday against winless (0-11) North Hills Christian.

Ypsi Prep (5-1), based in Ypsilanti, Mich., won its most recent game, last Sunday in Pennsylvania, and is ranked 12th this week nationally by Maxpreps.

“The organizers have done a great job of handling all the details,” McCarthy said. “Obviously, we’re really looking forward to this.”

Bates, a 6-8 forward, is averaging a team-high 26.2 points a game. Javaughn Hannah, a 6-4 junior guard, is second in scoring with 10.8 points a contest.

Williams is averaging 21.2 points a game. But the Ospreys are more than a one-player team. Trey Green, a 5-9 sophomore guard, has scored more than 20 points twice this season and is a distance-shooting threat. And the Ospreys will try to counter Ypsi Prep’s inside strength with 7-0 center Jonathan Kurtas and 6-9 forward Adam Allenspach.

Attendance at the game will be limited to 1,200, which is 40 percent of the listed 3,000-seat capacity.

The contest will be televised live online.

Thursday’s #BIG5 Top Performers

Donovan Atwell, Davidson Day: 26 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals in a 78-41 win over Durham’s Mount Zion Academy.

Graham Calton, Charlotte Latin: 22 points, five rebounds in a 60-49 win over Charlotte Christian. He connected on four 3-pointers and scored 12 points in the decisive fourth quarter.

Aliciah Fields, Northwest Cabarrus girls: game-high 26 points in a 69-47 win over West Cabarrus. West Cabarrus freshman Ashlee Shaw had 23 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Johnakin Franklin, Concord: 17 points, six assists in an 82-54 win over JM Robinson.

Hudson Rixham, Charlotte Country Day girls: game-high 21 points in a 49-45 win over No. 13 Providence Day. Country Day is one game behind Cannon School in the league standings and will play at Cannon Feb. 11 in what could be the CISAA championship game. Country Day’s win Thursday is believed to be the Bucs first over Providence Day in at least 30 years.

Thursday’s Boys Boxscores


DDS- 22 17 15 24= 78

MZA- 6 9 11 15= 41

DDS: Atwell 26, Howard 12, Watson 13, Perry 3, St. Clair 17, Eley 3, Prunty 4

MZA: Sims 18, Jimenez 5, Njiofer 3, Nieto 8, Butler 7

RECORDS: Davidson Day Patriots: 18-2, Mt. Zion Mighty Warriors: 4-15

Game Stats: Junior Donovan Atwell had 26 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals for Davidson Day. Senior Blane St. Clair scored 17 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Nyles Howard added 12 points and 4 rebounds for the Patriots.

Notes: Davidson Day travels to Statesville Christian on Friday (2/5) for their final regular season conference game.


Sun Valley 10 10 16 10= 46

Weddington 12 21 13 17= 63

Sun Valley: William Brown 17, Tyree White 10, Mason 5, Valentine 9, Harvey

Weddington: Lowe 18, Morton 5, Wetherbee 3, Bower 12, Cook 11, Bates 4, Frazier 10


Charlotte Christian 14 13 7 15 -- 49

Latin 11 8 18 23 -- 60

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN 49 -- Nicholson 6, Gilbert 6, King 8, Cash 12, Lash 13, Hardy 4

LATIN 60 -- Haughton 7, Hirsch 5, Jones 11, Pence 2, Montgomery 7, Calton 22, Lavitt 4, Hendley 2

Records: Latin 13-3, 5-0 CISAA; Christian 8-7, 2-4


CCHS 12 16 16 18-- 61

PHS 10 8 19 11- 48

CCHS- Colin Thomas 16, Kevin McArdle 11, Dumser 4, K. Williams 4, Tivnan 6, J. Williams 2, Larsen 2, Rossitch 5, V. Thomas 6, Brewer 6

PHS- Houston 14, Bevelhymer 10, McKinney 9, Helms 6, Starnes 5, Horne 2, Hansley 2


Concord 17 18 25 22 -- 82

Robinson 11 14 15 14 -- 54

CONCORD -- Franklin 17, Blue 11, Smith 9, Toe 9, Parker 8, Cooke 7, Swinger 7, Rogers 5, Scott 4, Morales 3, Aldridge 2

ROBINSON -- Hughes 17, Hobbs 11, Richardson 8, Beane 5, Wheeler 5, Moses 4, Dameron 2, Jordan 2

Notable: After a tough loss Wednesday night at Jay M. Robinson the Spiders got an unbelievable start from their 5 seniors who started the game on senior night. Joseph Toe had 9 rebounds and Johnakin Franklin & Jay Torrence each had 6 assists. Concord moves to 3-4 and Robinson is now 5-5.


Lake Norman 13 14 10 10

Hickory Ridge 16 12 11 23

Lake Norman Weatherford 3, Dryden 2, ChristianTaylor 6, Cam Kepley 16, Goree 4, A. Gruber 6, Seth Aeschliman 6, J. Gruber 2, Dinolfo 2

Hickory Ridge Fredericks 13, Marsh 15, Greene 4, Woods 8 Merriman 3, Beard 11, Harris 4, Haywood 2, Gunter 3.

Thursday’s Girls Boxscores


Marvin 37: 7, 6, 14, 10 --- 37

Cuthbertson 60: 19, 19, 13, 9 -- 60

CUTHBERTSON 60 -- Dillinger: 16 pts, Williams: 15pts, Iovino: 14 pts

MARVIN RIDGE 37 -- Douglas: 16 pts, Robitaille: 13 pts


Northwest Cabarrus 10 16 23 20 69

West Cabarrus 3 12 16 16 47

Northwest Cabarrus Aliciah Fields 26, Chaunesse Barringer 11, Dunn 1, Green 8, Hilsenroth 6, Meyer 3, Robinson 6, Walton 8

West Cabarrus Ashlee Shaw 23, Jade Clowney 11 Burgess 6, Fields 7

Notables: Ashlee Shaw of West Cabarrus finished with 23 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assist and 2 steals


CCA 6 15 4 14 -- 39

BPS 10 14 26 16 – 66

CCA – Praise Medley 11, Ayanni Flood 10, Isabella Childs 9, Gabby Tapley 8, Aniyah Hamel 1

Bradford Prep – Taylor Autrey 20, Megan Seymour 14, Haley Seymour 12, Grace Rinaldo 8, Nevaeh Davis 8, Saleena Gupta

Notables: Taylor Autrey had 20 points, 5 steals and 8 rebounds. The Seymour twins combined for 26 points


PDS : 10-8–9-18—45

CDS : 7-10-18-14—49

PDS : Jordyn Latter 17 El Ferguson 10 Booker 8 Jensen 4 Levine 3 Greer 1 Sanchez 2

CDS-Hudson Rixham 21 Mary Waters 11 Ingram 9 O’Neil 2 Batten 4

PDS Record: 16-5 3-4 CISAA; Country Day 7-3, 5-1


KM 13. 23. 18. 2-- 56

SC 6. 3. 5. 7. -- 21

KINGS MOUNTAIN 56 -- Khalia King 15 pts 4 of 7 from 3s.4 reb.; Saniya Wilson 13 pts, 6 assists, 7 steals. 2 reb ;Aaliyah Byers. 10 pts, 11 reb, 3 steals; Andrea Melton 5 pts, 4 steals; Tyasya Bell 4 pts, 2 rev; Brooke Ferree. 3 pts; Monica Head 2 pts, 2 rev; Kennedy Barnes 2 pts, 4 reb; Riley Powers 2 pts (first career points!)

STUART CRAMER 21 -- Reece Wolfe 11 pts; Ranija Hamilton 7 pts; Madison Lee 2 pts; Megan Kimbirl 1 pt


LCHS 58, CVHS 17

LCHS 14 14 23 06 -- 58

CVHS 04 06 02 05 -- 17

LCHS 52 -- Lauren Horton 19, Maddie Wootton 11, Tyler Beller 10, Samantha Ayers 8, Mason Fitzpatrick 4, Andrea Parks 2, Makayla Futrell 2, Haleigh Henson 1, Vanessa Cespedes 1

CVHS 17 -- Faith Anthony 6, Gabby McCorkle 5, Terayha Bess 3, Jamarrah Wall 3

Notable: Lauren Horton led all scores with 28 points. Freshman Andrea Parks got her first HS basket. LCHS had a strong team game as everyone contributed for the win.


Weddington 16 9 10 10 – 45

Sun Valley 8 7 7 7 -- 28

Weddington 45 - T. Bowers 18, M. Beck 8, E. Cunningham 3, B Strong 5, H. Tse 2, I. Barcona 3, A. Strange 6

Sun Valley 29 – A. Meaders 2, K. Turriff 11, L. Avant 6, J. Carter 2, T. Robinson 7

Notes: Weddington was up by 13 points at the end of the 3rd quarter. Sun Valley cut the Weddington lead down to 7 points in the 4th quarter with 3:28 left in the game. Sun Valley moves to 1-7

Wednesday’s Girls Boxscores


Watauga 13. 12. 14. 23. 62

Alexander Central 8. 24. 17 20. 69

Watauga 62. Chelsi Hodges 22, Brelyn Sturgill 14, Charlotte Torgerson 10, Ava Williamson 7, Brooke Scheffler 7, Katie Durham 2

Alexander Central 69. Chesney Stikeleather 18, Nikki Hagy 15, Gracie Harrington 13, Kirstyn Herman 8, Hallie Jarrett 8, Sydney Hayes 5, Kaley McDaniel 2

There were two double doubles in the games. Chelsi Hodges had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Pioneers while Nikki Hagy had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Alexander Central.

Wednesday’s Boys Boxscores


Nation Ford: 12, 8, 8, 15 -- 43

Boiling Springs: 4, 13, 13, 14 -- 44

Nation Ford 43 -- Chris Roberts 2, Vinny Orlandi 8, Landon Coleman 2, Jackson Burnham 22, Q Hand 3, Gus Sharpless 6

Boiling Springs 44 -- Cam Earls 7, Khalil Brown 7, Keeondre Keenon 6, Corey Johnson 12, Ketrone Adams 5, Jacob Webber 5, Quanye Nails 1, Julius Camp 3

Overall Record: Nation Ford 1--10

5A Region III: 0--3


MAIDEN 22 16 15 14 -67

North Lincoln 9 12 22 21 - 64

MAIDEN 67— Morgan 17, Culliver 16, McClough 14, Haynes 11, Roseman 9, James, Gibbs, Lowman, Robinson, Rhodes, Sigmon

North Lincoln 64— J. Carter 25, Seagle 23, Waggoner 6, D.Carter 4, Cason 2, Whitley 2, Terrill 2, Barker, Corter, Dedmon, Corter, Lykins

Records: Maiden 6-3, North Lincoln 6-2

Upcoming Schedule



Charlotte Country Day at Providence Day (girls)

Charlotte Latin at Charlotte Christian

Big South 3A

Forestview at Hunter Huss (girls)

Kings Mountain at Stuart Cramer (girls)

South Piedmont 3A boys

Cox Mill at Central Cabarrus

Jay M. Robinson at Concord

West Cabarrus at Northwest Cabarrus

South Piedmont 3A girls

Central Cabarrus at Cox Mill

Concord at Jay M. Robinson

Northwest Cabarrus at West Cabarrus

Southern Carolina 3A

Cuthbertson at Marvin Ridge

Parkwood at Charlotte Catholic

Piedmont at Monroe (boys)

Weddington at Sun Valley

Rocky River 2A-3A

West Stanly at Mount Pleasant (girls)

Metrolina Athletic

Gaston Christian at Northside Christian (boys)

Foothills 2A

Draughn at West Caldwell (boys)

East Burke at Fred T. Foard

Patton at Hibriten

Southwestern 2A

Chase at Shelby

Mountain Valley 1A-2A boys

Starmount at Ashe County

Mountain Valley 1A-2A girls

Ashe County at Starmount

Elkin at Alleghany

Western Highlands 1A-2A

C.D. Owen at Polk County

Madison County at Avery County

Mountain Heritage at Mitchell County


Queen’s Grant Charter at Langtree Charter (boys)

Southern Piedmont 1A

Highland Tech at Piedmont Community Charter

Lincoln Charter at Cherryville


Greater Cabarrus Stallions at Phoenix Montessori

Hickory Ridge at Lake Norman (boys)

Montgomery Central at Albemarle (boys)

Moravian Prep at Freedom (boys)

Mount Zion Academy at Davidson Day

South Charlotte Thunder at Comenius (boys)



Covenant Day at Cannon School

Sandhills 4A

Hoke County at Jack Britt

Lumberton at Richmond Senior

Pinecrest at Scotland County

Purnell Swett at Seventy-First

Northwestern 3A-4A

Hickory at South Caldwell (boys)

St. Stephens at Alexander Central

Watauga at McDowell (girls)

Watauga at Freedom (boys)

Big South 3A

Crest at Ashbrook

Forestview at North Gaston

Kings Mountain at Hunter Huss

North Piedmont 3A

East Rowan at South Iredell

Statesville at Jesse Carson

West Rowan at North Iredell

Metrolina Athletic

Concord Academy at SouthLake Christian

Hickory Grove Christian at Gaston Christian (boys)

Northside Christian at Gaston Day

Westminster Catawba at Metrolina Christian

Foothills Athletic

Davidson Day at Statesville Christian

Hickory Christian at University Christian Southern Piedmont Athletic

North Hills Christian at Lake Norman Christian (boys)

Rocky River 2A-3A

Mount Pleasant at Forest Hills

West Stanly at Montgomery Central

Central Carolina 2A

Central Davidson at North Davidson

Lexington at South Rowan

Oak Grove at Ledford

Salisbury at East Davidson

West Davidson at Thomasville

Foothills 2A

Draughn at Fred T. Foard (boys)

Patton at Draughn (girls)

West Caldwell at East Burke (boys)

West Iredell at Bunker Hill (boys)

South Fork 2A

Lincolnton at Bandys

Maiden at Lake Norman Charter

North Lincoln at East Lincoln

West Lincoln at Newton-Conover

Southwestern 2A

East Rutherford at Burns

R-S Central at East Gaston

Mountain Valley 1A-2A boys

Alleghany at Elkin

Ashe County at North Wilkes

East Wilkes at Starmount

Wilkes Central at West Wilkes

Mountain Valley 1A-2A girls

North Wilkes at Ashe County

Starmount at East Wilkes

West Wilkes at Wilkes Central


Carolina International at Union Academy

Community School of Davidson at Bradford Prep

Langtree Charter at Mountain Island Prep

Queen’s Grant Charter at Pine Lake Prep

Southern Piedmont 1A

Cherryville at Bessemer City

Lincoln Charter at Highland Tech

Thomas Jefferson Academy at Christ the King

Yadkin Valley 1A

Albemarle at Gray Stone Day

North Moore at Chatham Central

North Stanly at Uwharrie Charter

South Stanly at South Davidson


Apprentice Academy at Cabarrus Charter

Arborbrook Christian at United Faith Christian (girls)

Combine Academy at New Life Christian (boys)

Greenville Hurricanes at South Charlotte Thunder (boys)

Phoenix Montessori at Covenant Classical

Porter Ridge at Mooresville

Stuart Cramer at South Point

United Faith Christian at Mount Zion Academy (boys)



Charlotte Christian at Charlotte Latin (girls), noon

Charlotte Country Day at Providence Day (girls), noon

Northwestern 3A-4A

Alexander Central at South Caldwell (boys, 1)

McDowell at Freedom (boys, 1)

South Piedmont 3A boys

Concord at Central Cabarrus, 3

Cox Mill at A.L. Brown, 11:30 a.m.

Foothills 2A

Draughn at Hibriten (girls, noon; boys, 1:30)

Western Highlands 1A-2A

Mountain Heritage at Avery County (girls), 2


Asheville School at Charlotte Latin (boys), 2

Carmel Christian at Greensboro Day (girls), 1:30

Carolina Prep at Greater Cabarrus Stallions (boys), 5:30

Charlotte Elite Academy at HA Prep (boys), 2

Christ School at Charlotte Christian (boys), 1:30

Lake Norman Christian vs. Ypsi Prep (MICH), at Greenville, S.C. (boys)

National Christian at Liberty Heights (boys)

University Prep at Combine Academy (boys)

Victory Christian at Trinity Collegiate (girls, 2; boys, 3:30)

Woodlawn School at Sanford Grace Christian (boys), 2