Can the ‘Knightmare’ help Lake Norman Charter past East Lincoln? Friday’s games, schedule

Langston Wertz Jr.

East Lincoln (13-4, 5-2 South Fork) at Lake Norman Charter (12-4, 7-0), 7:30 (Observer game of the week): East Lincoln is in a three-way tie with North Lincoln (10-5, 5-2) and Newton-Conover (11-6, 5-2) for second place in a tight race. Lake Norman Charter has won nine straight games led by sophomore Donovan Atwell (18.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.1 apg). Expect a sellout and the Knights’ student section, aka “The Knighmare,” to be in full throat.

West Charlotte (10-6, 4-3 I-MECK) at Lake Norman (11-6, 4-3), 7:30: These two are tied with Hough (12-5, 4-3) for third place in a tight playoff race. West Charlotte sophomore Marcus “Snoop” Magness (17.1 ppg, 7.0 apg, 5.9 apg) is having a breakout season.

No. 1 Mallard Creek (15-1, 6-1 I-MECK) at No. 4 Vance girls (13-4, 5-2 I-MECK), 6: Vance, which has won four straight games, is tied with North Meck (12-4, 5-2) for second place. Both teams are one game behind Mallard Creek. Mallard Creek has won eight straight games and looks for the season sweep against its rival. Mallard Creek beat Vance 61-58 Dec. 10.

Ardrey Kell girls (10-7, 4-2) at No. 11 South Mecklenburg (12-3, 4-2), 6: The teams are tied with Olympic (11-4, 4-2) for second place behind Providence (15-2, 6-0). Friday is also Dave Price Night, as the school will honor its former state championship boys coach. Naismith hall of famer Bobby Jones will speak and several former members of Price’s teams are expected. The school hopes to rename its court for Price.

Independence girls (13-4, 5-2) at Hickory Ridge (8-8, 3-3), 6: It’s the eighth annual “Be The Match Night” at Hickory Ridge in memory of Todd Kevin Rose, brother of Hickory Ridge girls coach Tolonda Rose-Simmons. Todd Rose was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 and died from the disease two years later. The school will be recruiting possible bone marrow donors for the national Be The Match Registry from 4 to 8 p.m. Hendrick Automotive, where Todd Rose worked, donated special T-shirts and coaches shirts for the event.

Friday’s Schedule

I-Meck 4A

Hopewell at Hough

Mallard Creek at Vance

Mooresville at North Mecklenburg

West Charlotte at Lake Norman

SoMeck 7 4A

Ardrey Kell at South Mecklenburg

Harding at Olympic

Providence at West Mecklenburg

Southwestern 4A

Butler at Rocky River

Independence at Hickory Ridge

Myers Park at Garinger

Porter Ridge at East Mecklenburg

CISAA

Cannon School at Charlotte Country Day

Charlotte Christian at Charlotte Latin

Covenant Day at Providence Day

Sandhills 4A

Lumberton at Hoke County

Pinecrest at Fayetteville Seventy-First

Richmond Senior at Purnell Swett

Scotland County at Fayetteville Britt

Northwestern 3A-4A

Freedom at St. Stephens

McDowell at Hickory

Watauga at South Caldwell

Big South 3A

Forestview at Crest

North Gaston at Hunter Huss

Stuart Cramer at Kings Mountain

North Piedmont 3A

East Rowan at Statesville

North Iredell at South Iredell

West Rowan at Jesse Carson

South Piedmont 3A

A.L. Brown at Jay M. Robinson

Cox Mill at Central Cabarrus

Northwest Cabarrus at Concord

Southern Carolina 3A

Cuthbertson at Charlotte Catholic

Monroe at Weddington

Parkwood at Sun Valley

Piedmont at Marvin Ridge

Metrolina Athletic Conference

Gaston Christian at Northside Christian

Hickory Grove Christian at Gaston Day

Southlake Christian at Metrolina Christian

Rocky River 2A-3A

Central Academy at Montgomery Central

Forest Hills at Anson County

Mount Pleasant at West Stanly

Central Carolina 2A

Central Davidson at Oak Grove

Lexington at Salisbury

South Rowan at North Davidson

Thomasville at Ledford

West Davidson at East Davidson

Foothills 2A

East Burke at Bunker Hill

Hibriten at Draughn

West Caldwell at Fred T. Foard

West Iredell at Patton

South Fork 2A

East Lincoln at Lake Norman Charter

Maiden at Bandys

Newton-Conover at Lincolnton

North Lincoln at West Lincoln

Southwestern 2A

Burns at South Point

East Gaston at Shelby

R-S Central at East Rutherford

Southern Piedmont Athletic Association

North Hills Christian at Victory Christian

United Faith Christian at Woodlawn School

Mountain Valley 1A-2A

Alleghany at North Wilkes

Starmount at Ashe County

West Wilkes at Elkin

Wilkes Central at East Wilkes

Western Highlands 1A-2A

Avery County at Mountain Heritage

C.D. Owen at Mitchell County

Madison County at Polk County

PAC 1A

Carolina International at Mountain Island Charter

Community School of Davidson at Pine Lake Prep

Langtree Charter at Queens Grant Charter

Union Academy at Bradford Prep

Southern Piedmont 1A

Cherryville at Christ the King

Lincoln Charter at Bessemer City

Yadkin Valley 1A

Chatham Central at South Davidson

North Rowan at Uwharrie Charter

North Stanly vs. Albemarle (at Pfeiffer University)

South Stanly at Gray Stone Day

Mecklenburg nonconference

Cabarrus Charter at Sugar Creek Charter

Southview at Matthews Christian

N.C. nonconference

Comenius at Arborbrook Christian

Concord First Assembly at High Point Wesleyan

Lake Norman Christian at Covenant Classical

Westminster Catawba at Hickory Christian

West Oaks at Combine Academy