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Titans rout Hough; maintain conference lead

HUNTERSVILLE – The Hopewell High girls’ basketball team beat rival Hough 54-31 on Jan. 23 to improve to 16-1 overall and 8-0 in the MECKA 4A conference. The Titans were led by Ineesha Hankerson (14 points, 12 rebounds and two steals) and Rhema Francis (17 points). Hopewell is on a six-game winning streak. Gabby Gianikos led Hough with 12 points. (Dana Pianowski/Herald Weekly photos)


Hough swims to two conference titles

HUNTERSVILLE – Hough High’s swimming and diving team was dominant at the MECKA 4A conference swimming meet Jan. 23 at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatic. The Huskies girls’ team won the conference title by scoring 635 points, well ahead of second-place Hopewell (336 points), Concord Robinson (277) and Mallard Creek (272). Hough’s girls won 11 of 12 events. The Hough boys’ team piled up 633 points to easily win its conference championship, followed by Robinson (300) and Mallard Creek (265.5). Hough’s boys won nine of the 12 events. (Bobby Cochran/Herald Weekly photos)


Knights’ hoopsters crush North Gaston

HUNTERSVILLE – The Lake Norman Charter boys’ basketball team routed North Gaston 75-39 on Jan. 20 to maintain its lead in the Big South 2A/3A conference. The Knights pumped in 31 points in the second quarter to build a 41-16 halftime lead. Lake Norman Charter improved to 7-0 in the conference and 11-4 overall. The Knights have won five games in a row, and nine of their past 10. Pat Lilly led Lake Norman Charter with 16 points, Malik McCormick scored 12 and Grayson Hickert added 11. (Courtney Parlier/Herald Weekly photos)


North Meck thumps Hough behind Bryce’s big game

HUNTERSVILLE – C.J. Bryce scored 30 points as the North Mecklenburg High boys’ basketball team routed Hough 81-56 in a MECKA 4A conference game Jan. 16. The Vikings improved to 15-1 overall and 5-1 in the conference, tied for first with West Charlotte. North Mecklenburg led by 20 points at halftime and by as many as 30 in the fourth quarter. Hough fell to 11-5, 4-2. North Meck’s Taj Middleton and Derrick Maxwell scored 13 points each. (Dana Pianowski/Herald Weekly photos)


Hopewell girls basketball improves to 6-0 over Vance

The Hopewell High girls’ basketball team improved to 6-0 in MECKA 4A conference games - and remained in the league lead - with a 59-31 blowout against Vance on Jan. 16. The Titans (14-1) limited Vance to three points in each of the first two quarters to build a 21-6 halftime lead. Hopewell’s top performers were Rhema Francis (14 points, three rebounds), Lauren Parks (10 points) and Ineesha Hankerson (eight rebounds). (Courtney Parlier/Herald Weekly photos)