Wedneday’s roundup: Lincoln Charter impressive, Kings Mountain & East Lincoln volleyball stay in 1st place, more prep hoops and Charlotte & Gardner-Webb schedules altered

By Richard Walker

Lincoln Charter opened its 2021 basketball season dedicated to assistant coach Jamie Seitz with a 77-44 win at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy on Wednesday night.

It was the Eagles’ 20 straight win over Southern Piedmont 1A Conference competition – a streak that began in February 2019 – and came 12 days after Jamie Seitz died from COVID-19 complications on Dec. 26.

The late coach’s son Carter Seitz had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Lincoln Charter, with Sam Cogan sharing scoring honors with 18 points and Troy Fulton adding 12. The Eagles play again on Friday at South Iredell.

Crest 73, Forestview 59: Crest won the Big South 3A Conference opener for both teams. Forestview, which visits Forestview on Friday, was led by Camury Reid (17 points) and Tra Neely (16 points).

Mountain Island Charter 94, Carolina International 55

Piedmont Charter at Christ the King: Wednesday’s game has been moved to Jan. 25.

Hunter Huss 62, North Gaston 46 (Tuesday): J.J. Moore (26 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 6 steals), Kendall Malik Corry (12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) and Adriel Phillips (12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) led Huss, which plays again Friday at home against South Caldwell.

Cherryville 79, Chase 41 (Tuesday): Lavonte Hughes (30 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 6 steals), Carson Kelly (14 points, 4 assists, 4 steals) and Gavin Cease (10 points, 9 rebounds) led Cherryville in its season-opener. The Ironmen open Southern Piedmont 1A Conference action on Friday at home against Piedmont Community Charter.

South Point 78, Burns 74 (Tuesday): Ayden Baker (27 points), Cooper Ray (18 points, 7 assists) and Sully Absher (13 points, 10 rebounds) led South Point (1-0), which hosts East Gaston on Friday.

North Lincoln 81, West Lincoln 33 (Tuesday): Cole Seagle had 23 points and Jack Carter 21 for North Lincoln (1-0), which visits Lake Norman Charter on Friday. Fortenberry had eight points to lead West Lincoln (0-1), which hosts Maiden on Friday.

Berry Academy 57, Ashbrook 50 (Tuesday): Logan Mason (13 points), Jordan Robertson (12 points) and Ben Carpenter (11 points) were the top scorers for Ashbrook (0-1), which hosts Forestview on Friday.

High school girls basketball

Crest 67, Forestview 42: Sara Rose Warlick (15 points, 4 rebounds) and Alexis Marshall (13 points) led Crest (1-0), which visits Stuart Cramer on Friday. For Forestview, Myla Hoover had 16 points.

Thomas Jefferson 44, Lincoln Charter 43: The host Gryphons won to snap Lincoln Charter’s 35-game winning streak against Southern Piedmont 1A Conference opponents.

Mountain Island Charter 59, Carolina International 5

Piedmont Charter at Christ the King: Wednesday’s game was moved to Jan. 25.

Hunter Huss 42, North Gaston 24 (Tuesday): Jamya Daniels had 16 points to lead Huss and Megan Towery’s seven points led North Gaston.

Kings Mountain at Stuart Cramer: Did not play on Tuesday and the game hasn’t been rescheduled.

Lincolnton at Newton-Conover: Tuesday’s game was moved to Jan. 13.

High school volleyball

East Lincoln 3, Lake Norman Charter 2 (25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 23-25, 15-12): East Lincoln stays atop the South Fork 2A Conference with a 10-1 record.

Lincoln Charter 3, Cherryville 0 (25-7, 25-11, 25-7)

Maiden 3, North Lincoln 0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-19)

Kings Mountain 3, Forestview 0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-14 on Monday): Kings Mountain, which visits Crest on Thursday, was led by Meile Songaila (9 kills, 16 service points, 2 blocks, 8 serve receptions), Aaliyah Byers (15 kills, 9 service points, 2 blocks), Emma Goff (11 service points, 3 kills, 3 digs), Kyann Crocker (7 service points, 11 digs, 14 serve receptions) and Paige Bagwell (19 assists.)
Kings Mountain also won the JV match 2-0 (25-18, 25-14) behind Mary Grace Hogue (5 kills), Mary Quay Moss (3 kills), Jessie Ozmore (11 assists) and Alayna Patrick (serving and overall defense).

College men’s basketball

Gardner-Webb schedule altered: Gardner-Webb won’t have this weekend off after all. The Big South Conference announced on Wednesday Gardner-Webb will be playing at Winthrop on Saturday and Sunday in 1 p.m. games. The games were originally scheduled for Feb. 4 and Feb. 5 and were moved as the league makes changes to its schedule to accommodate for current COVID-19 pauses within the High Point and Presbyterian programs.

Charlotte weekend postponed: The 49ers weekend series at Marshall, originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, has been postponed due to Marshall not having enough student-athletes from COVID-19, contact tracing and injuries. Both programs will work with the Conference USA office to reschedule the contests later this season. Charlotte’s next scheduled games are at home against UAB on Jan. 15 and 16.