Statesville, North Iredell and West Iredell boys fall in opening round of Holiday Classic
FRIDAY'S SEMIFINAL MATCHUPS|
Pine Lake vs. South Iredell, 4:30 p.m.
Mooresville vs. Lake Norman, 7:30 p.m.
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Pine Lake, South Iredell, Mooresville and Lake Norman advanced to the boys semifinals in the Iredell County Sports Hall of Fame Classic on Thursday.
Lake Norman, the top seed, built a 16-point first-half lead over host North Iredell and cruised to an 87-57 victory in the last game of the day.
Zach Schulz scored 29 points, including 20 in the second half, to lead the Wildcats (6-2). Greg Welsh added 17 for Lake Norman and Jack Edmonson finished with 15.
North Iredell (1-8) managed only 24 points in the first half. The Raiders were led by Jake Tuggle, who poured in 16 points. Antonio Allison finished with 13 points.
In other games:
► Pine Lake 76, Statesville 68: Demarcus Johnson was virtually unstoppable for the No. 3-seed Pride in the tournament opener, scoring a game-high 33 points.
Derek Finizio added 19 points for Pine Lake (4-3) and Justin Workman scored 14.
Statesville was led by Jeremiah Mott, who finished with 21 points. Gabe White added 11 and Chris Brown contributed 9.
With the loss, Sonny Schofield’s Greyhounds dropped to 2-7 on the season.
► South Iredell 67, West Iredell 58: Greg Liechty led a balanced Vikings’ offense with 18 points as South Iredell overcame a halftime deficit to advance to the semifinals.
Ty Everhart and Austin Edds chipped in 16 points each for No. 2-seed South Iredell (5-3), which trailed 28-25 at intermission.
Gabriel Kitchens paced West Iredell (1-8) with 16 points, while Hayden Blohm netted 14 and Matthew Hooks contributed nine.
► Mooresville 99, Carolina International 55: The Blue Devils erupted for 56 first-half points and torched the Comets to advance to the semifinals.
Shy Smith poured in 29 points, including 16 in the second quarter, for Mooresville (3-5), which was seeded fifth by the tournament committee. AJ Stewart contributed 22 points and Griffin White 20 in the winning effort.
Carolina International (4-5) was led by Isaiah Williams, who finished with 16 points, and Denzel Smith, who added 10.