Northwest Varsity basketball advances to the fourth round of state playoffs

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The Varsity Viking girls celebrate in the second round against Hopewell. They will play Mallard Creek in the fourth round on Tuesday.

The girls and boys varsity basketball teams are both advancing to the great eight of the 4A NCHSAA State Playoffs. The boys defeated West Charlotte High School on February 27th and then Ardrey Kell High School on February 29. The girls first beat Hopewell High School and then North Mecklenburg High School.

On Thursday, in the second round, the girls began the night with a 53-42 against Hopewell. Although they had a rough first half of a tied score of 20-20, the team came back out to bury the Titans with better execution on offense.

The boys then came out against West Charlotte with a 19-6 first quarter. They did not slow down and ended the game against the Lions with a score of 82-54. High scorers were seniors Dean Reiber with 29,  Christain Hampton with 17, Robbie Boulton with 13 and Brandon Thomas and Josh Humphrey with 6. The team was fluid offensively and Boulton showed the meaning of a “team sport” with 10 assists. Reiber’s open looks on offense made assists easy for Boulton and Hampton.

Hampton also played a team game with four assists and two charges on the Titans. Also on defense, Reiber had six blocks, with three of them in one play.

On Saturday, both teams came out strong against their opponents.

The girls did not allow the North Mecklenburg Vikings to score until the last two seconds of the first quarter. This energy continued into the second quarter, and half, for a final score of 71-47. High scorers were senior Reagan Kargo with 26, senior Thalia Carter with 12, junior Jadyn Murray with 12, senior Megan Harkey with 9 and junior Aniston Greene with 7. 

Kargo’s threes were on point for the team, making it difficult for the Vikings to keep up with Northwest on offense. The bigs of Nortwest, Murray and Harkey, stepped up for the game with a combined 21 points. Harkey was a force on defense and Murray’s rebounds and put-backs padded the stat book.

They are now 25-3 for the season and will play the No. 1 seed, Mallard Creek, on Tuesday at Mallard Creek for the fourth round.

The boys had an underdog win against the Ardrey Kell Knights. The first quarter score was 12-21, but the boys quickly turned that around by winning every other quarter for a final score of 57-46. The high scorers were Humphrey with 19, Hampton with 13 and Thomas with 12.

Humphrey was the recognizable MVP of the game with three momentum-changing three pointers and overall hustle on both sides of the court.

The boys are now 24-4 and will play the No. 2 seed Charlotte Olympic High School on Tuesday at Charlotte.

The boys are the No. 3 seed and the girls are the No. 4 seed–making this year’s state playoffs promising for the Vikings. The senior classes of the teams are powerful leaders for the 2020 season, and are looking to make a footprint in North Carolina High School Basketball.