CHS boys playing West Stokes for third straight year

Cavaliers are 26-3 heading into third round
Feb. 28, 2013 @ 08:31 PM

Cuthbertson's boys basketball team was still good when point guard Shelton Mitchell spent two weeks out of the lineup resting an ailing knee.

The Cavaliers have a lot of weapons and several guys who can play multiple positions, but there's no substitute for a 6-3 point guard ranked among the top 20 juniors in the nation by ESPN.

Mitchell, in his second game back, had nine points through three quarters in Wednesday's second-round win over Lexington, then showed his explosiveness by scoring 16 points in the first four minutes of the fourth to finish with 25.

"It's good to see him in kind of a rhythm in that fourth quarter," said Cavs coach Mike Helms. "Shooting shots in the gym is not the same as game shot. I was glad to see him catch a rhythm and the basket started to get a little bigger for him."

Cuthbertson is now 26-3 on the season and a combined 79-13 over a three-year span.

For the third straight year, the Cavs will meet West Stokes in the playoffs.

The Wildcats, coming off a 61-53 win over Wilkes Central, are 23-6 heading into tonight's 7:30 start in Waxhaw.

Last year, Cuthbertson eliminated West (74-60) in the 2A state quarterfinals and also knocked the Wildcats out (76-69) in 2011 in the second round.

"I think the kids will be focused (for Thursday's practice) because we've already learned we play West Stokes. "It has been a tough game both times, either one of them could have went either way. We know we have our hands full (tonight) when they come here."


CHS girls shining

While the boys program took over immediately at Cuthbertson, it's been slower sledding for the girls.

The Cavs have arguably become the biggest playoff surprise in Union County by making tonight's third round.

A fourth-year school, Cuthbertson didn't win a game the first season and went 4-20 the second year.

Coach Joel Allen pulled the program into respectability last year at 11-14, but the Cavs remained winless in the playoffs through the first three seasons.

Cuthbertson is easily having its best girls season ever with an 18-10 record and two playoff wins thus far.

Seeded fourth, CHS gets to play at home tonight because top-seeded Andrews (25-2) was upset by eighth-seeded East Davidson (19-9) on Wednesday.

The Cavs got a triple-double from junior post Morgan Carlson on Wednesday, and she has a lot of scorers around her.

Carlson and Deja Burks scored 12 in the second-round win, Taylor Helms had 11 and Bree Ingram 10, and Mara Arnold contributed eight points and six assists.

Weddington's boys cap season

Top-seeded Concord ended the Warriors' season in the second round with a 68-56 home win.

The Spiders jumped out to a 19-9 lead and WHS never recovered.

Sophomore guard Jordan Barber came on strong for the Warriors this season, and finished with a game-high 25 points and five assists against Concord.

Blake Waud added 10 points and Brandon Watts had 12 rebounds and nine points.

Weddington coach Gary Ellington praised his team's effort at Concord. "We played really hard," Ellington said by email.

The Warriors (15-12) will have back all five starters and nine of their top 10 next season, according to Ellington.

— E-J correspondent Eric Rape contributed to this story

Wednesday's box scores

#1 Cuthbertson boys 83, #8 Lexington 41

Lexington (11-17)

Melquavious Covington 2 6-8 10, Daniel Bennett 0 0-0 0, Andre Baldwin 0 0-0 0, Ricky Holmes 0 0-2 0, Nidauris Welborn 0 1-2 1, Isaiah Koontz 0 1-2 1, Coleman Hayes 4 1-2 11, Raekwon Byrd 4 1-1 9, Chris Bradley 0 1-2 1, Nolan Benson 3 0-0 6, Josh Medley 0 0-0 0, Marquell White 1 0-2 2, Eriq Woodberry 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 11-21 41

Cuthbertson (26-3)

Jordan Hardrick 3 1-2 7, Emmitt Afam 5 1-3 11, Justin Austin 4 0-0 9, Ryan Mobley 0 0-0 0, Shelton Mitchell 9 4-5 25, Cornelius Stradford 2 2-2 8, Bobby Barnes 0 0-0 0, Matt Allen 1 0-0 2, Nick Karas 1 0-0 2, Lucius McMillon 2 0-0 4, Isiah Cureton 6 0-0 12, Taylor Hardiman 1 0-0 2, Anthony Pandoli 0 1-2 1. Totals 34 9-14 83

LHS^14^3^11^13 - 41

CHS^7^24^16^36 - 83

3-pointers: LHS 2 (Hayes 2); CHS 6 (Mitchell 3, Stradford 2, Austin 1). Rebounds: LHS 32 (Benson 8, Bradley 5); CHS 44 (Cureton 11, Stradford 6, Hardrick 5, Afam 5). Assists: LHS 2; CHS 18 (Mitchell 7, Stradford 3, Cureton 3, Afam 2). Steals: LHS 5 (Bennett 2); CHS 15 (Cureton 5, Stradford 3, Afam 2, Austin 2). Blocks: LHS 1 (Baldwin 1); CHS 4 (Cureton 3, McMillon 1).


#4 Cuthbertson girls 56, #5 Wilkes Central 43

Wilkes Central (16-12)

Salem Blair 0 0-0 0, Taylor Mastin 2 0-0 5, Antania Graham 1 2-5 4, Brooke Bentley 2 0-1 4, Martha Mastin 3 3-4 9, Laken Blackburn 4 2-5 10, Megan McUmber 3 1-2 7, Dayshia Cowles 1 0-0 2, Hannah Williams 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 8-17 43

Cuthbertson (18-10)

Bree Ingram 3 4-4 10, Taylor Helms 5 1-1 11, Mara Arnold 3 1-1 8, Kathleen Cashman 1 0-0 3, Deja Burks 5 2-4 12, Morgan Carlson 6 0-0 12. Totals 23 8-10 56

WC^14^14^8^7 - 43

CHS^22^9^10^15 - 56

3-pointers: WC 1 (T. Mastin 1); CHS 2 (Arnold 1, Cashman 1). Rebounds: WC 29 (Blackburn 10, M. Mastin 9, McUmber 5); CHS 34 (Carlson 11, Burks 7, Ingram 5, Arnold 5). Assists: WC 8 (Bentley 4, M. Mastin 3); CHS 17 (Arnold 6, Carlson 4, Ingram 3, Helms 3). Steals: WC 14 (M. Mastin 5, Graham 2, Bentley 2, Blackburn 2); CHS 13 (Arnold 4, Helms 3, Carlson 3, Ingram 2). Blocks: WC 4 (M. Mastin 3, Williams 1); CHS 10 (Carlson 10).


North Iredell girls 55, Weddington 50

North Iredell (18-7)

Stacey Lunsford 2 0-0 5, Mariah Johnson 5 20-22 31, Brittani Cartner 3 1-6 8, Regan Redmond 3 0-0 7, Courtney Stroud 1 0-0 3, Dominique Bailey 0 1-2 1, Kendra Moore 0 0-0 0, Lacey Fox 0 0-0 0, Morgan Blevins 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 22-30 55.

Weddington (21-7)

Stephanie Watts 7 7-11 24, Bailee Carter 6 1-1 15, Jada Craig 4 1-4 9, Molly Mann 1 0-0 2, Kelsie Croal 0 0-0 0, Olivia Jenkins 0 0-0 0, Melanie Wierzbicki 0 0-0 0, Anna Gatignol 0 0-0 0, Emily Schill 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 9-16.

North Iredell^13^7^19^16 - 55

Weddington^21^17^19^3 – 50

3-pointers: NI 5 (Lunsford 1, Johnson 1, Cartner 1, Redmond 1, Bailey 1); W 5 (Watts 3, Carter 2). Rebounds: NI 23 (Fox 10, Cartner 5, Lunsford 4, Redmond 2, Bailey 2); W 23 (Watts 8, Croal 6, Jenkins 3, Craig 3, Mann 2).