Cavs sweep, both will host in third round

Mitchell scores 25; Carlson has triple-double
Feb. 27, 2013 @ 09:42 PM

Shelton Mitchell scored 16 points in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter and finished with 25 points and seven assists as Cuthbertson cruised into the third round of the 2A boys basketball playoffs with an 83-41 home win over Lexington on Wednesday.

The Cavaliers, seeded No. 1 in the Midwest Region, are now 26-3 on the season.

Cuthbertson trailed 14-7 after a sluggish first quarter, but outscored the visitors 24-3 in the second quarter to take a 31-17 lead into halftime.

The Cavs led by 19 entering the third quarter, then outscored the 11-17 Yellow Jackets 36-13 in the fourth.

Senior wing Isaiah Cureton had a productive day for CHS with 12 points, 11 rebounds, five steals, three blocks and three assists.

Cuthbertson also got 11 points and five rebounds from senior guard Emmitt Afam, and teammate Cornelius Stradford added eight points and six boards.

The Cavs host fifth-seeded West Stokes (23-6) on Friday in a 7:30 p.m. start.


Carlson’s triple-double lifts Cavs

Morgan Carlson’s triple-double helped take Cuthbertson’s girls to new heights for the second time this week.

Carlson, a 5-11 junior forward, finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks in the fourth-seeded Cavaliers’ 56-43 win over fifth-seeded West Wilkes in the second round of the 2A playoffs.

Before this season, CHS had never won a playoff game in girls basketball.

Now the Cavs will play at home again on Friday in the third round because eighth-seeded East Davidson (19-9) upset top-seeded High Point Andrews (25-2) on Wednesday.

Carlson, who has averaged a double-double this season, said the Cavs had to how physical the game was.

“At first we were kind of shaken up about it but when we have those games we respond really well and we gave it back to them,” Carlson said. “We’re not as scrappy as they were but we kept our composure.”

Taylor Helms had nine of her 11 points in the first quarter for Cuthbertson, helping the Cavs build a 22-14 lead heading into the second.

Cuthbertson’s girls are now 18-10 on the season.



Wednesday’s second-round
state playoff scores
(involving Union County)
1A girls
No. 9 Mount Airy 63, No. 1 Monroe 56
1A boys
No. 3 Monroe 75, No. 6 Bessemer City 49
2A boys
No. 1 Cuthbertson 83, No. 8 Lexington 41
No. 2 Central Davidson 63, No. 7 Piedmont 54
2A girls
No. 4 Cuthbertson 56, No. 5 West Wilkes 43
No. 3 Thomasville 62, No. 6 Forest Hills 42
3A boys
No. 5 Harding 60, No. 4 Marvin Ridge 48
No. 1 Concord 68, No. 9 Weddington 56
3A girls
No. 5 North Iredell 55, No. 4 Weddington 50
4A boys
No. 2 West Charlotte 68, No. 10 Porter Ridge 28
4A girls
No. 2 Porter Ridge 68, No. 7 McDowell 54