HUNTERSVILLE – Three basketball teams in an eight-mile radius in northern Mecklenburg are in this week’s N.C. regional playoffs.
The hoops-rich area has produced playoff winners for Hough High boys team and North Mecklenburg High and Lake Norman Charter girls teams. Each has won three playoff games and will compete in Greensboro this week.
It will take two regional victories to reach the state finals March 16.
• Hough will play nationally ranked Olympic High (27-0) in the N.C. 4A West regional semifinal at 7 p.m. March 7 at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. Hough (23-5) reached the regional with a 61-52 road victory against West Charlotte on March 1.
Luke Maye, a 6-foot-7 Hough sophomore, had 19 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks. Theo Mack added 13 points and point guard Drexler Clark had eight points, five rebounds and four assists.
The Huskies began the playoffs with a 59-57 victory against Vance on Sanders Poff’s last-second layup, and crushed McDowell 76-53 in the second round. Maye averages 19 points and 13.9 rebounds. Clark, a senior, averages 14.8 points, 4.3 assists and is shooting 50 percent from the field.
• North Mecklenburg’s girls will play Indian Trail Porter Ridge (25-3) in the N.C. 4A West Regional semifinal at 7 p.m. March 8 at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center.
North Mecklenburg (26-3) advanced to the regional with a 61-52 victory against West Mecklenburg on March 1. The Vikings displayed their usual scoring balance, with six players scoring seven or more points. Jasmine Bullock led with 11 points, Jasmine Cash scored 10 and Destiny Barrino added nine.
North Mecklenburg opened the playoffs with a 62-43 romp against Lake Norman, and edged Watauga 69-64 in the second round.
Barrino has scored 43 points in three playoff games, and had nine rebounds against Lake Norman and five steals against Watauga. North Meck’s Bri Jones has 25 points in the three playoffs.
• Lake Norman Charter’s girls were scheduled to play Kernersville Bishop McGuinness (22-7) in the N.C. 1A West Regional semifinal March 5 at UNC Greensboro.
The Knights (24-5) advanced to the regional by beating South Davidson 42-40 on March 1. Brittany Buckstad scored a game-high 12 points and had nine rebounds. Center Ezinne Mbamalu had a triple-double with 11 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocked shots.
Lake Norman Charter crushed North Moore 76-44 in the first round of the playoffs, and beat East Surry 55-45 in the second round. The Knights have won 17 of their past 18 games.
Alex Busch, a junior, is the leading scorer (15 points per game). Mbamalu, a 6-2 junior, averages 13.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots.
• Lake Norman Charter’s boys team had a 20-game winning streak snapped in a 66-55 loss to Winston-Salem Prep in the third round of the N.C. 1A playoffs March 1. The Knights finished 23-5, after winning playoff games against West Montgomery (87-44) and Albemarle (61-46).