Playing for the first time this season because of COVID-19 protocols, the Piedmont boys basketball team defeated Parkwood, 58-52, at home on Senior Night on Tuesday. The Panthers were able to practice just twice before their matchup with the Wolfpack after a 14-day quarantine following a positive coronavirus test.
The Panthers were led by senior Cameron Cunningham, who scored a career-high 19 points on 8-of-12 field goals; he was 3-of-4 on three-point attempts while adding five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Sophomore Hunter Hinson, who played his first career varsity game Tuesday, totaled 11 points and four rebounds. It was Piedmont’s first game without their top scorer from a season ago, Cade Tyson, who transferred to Carmel Christian in Charlotte.
The loss drops Parkwood to 0-5 on the season in their first year under head coach Mike Helms. The Wolfpack’s defense ranks second-worst in the Southern Carolina Conference, allowing an average of 64 points per game. Only Marvin Ridge (65.3 points allowed) has allowed more points per game this season.
Parkwood will look for its first win of the season Friday night on the road against Cuthbertson. The Wolfpack are 2-13 against the Cavaliers since the start of the 2010-11 season and have lost five straight against them overall. Piedmont, meanwhile, will meet undefeated Weddington on the road Friday night.
Monroe 52, Cuthbertson 38Led by a season-high 23 points from junior Shaleak Knotts, Monroe recorded a 14-point home win over Cuthbertson on Tuesday. Knotts, who is averaging 15.8 points per game this season, also added nine rebounds, three assists and four steals to help move the Redhawks to 3-1.
Knotts, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior and a 4-star football recruit, is averaging 15.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.
Sophomore Bryce Davis also reached double digits for the Redhawks with 11 points. Davis is the only Monroe player to total at least 10 points in each of the team’s first four games this season. Davis, a 6-foot-2 forward, is currently second on the team in scoring average at 12.0 points per game and leads the team in rebounding at 7.0 rpg.
Cuthbertson — which played without its top scorer in senior guard Will Heyward — was held in check by the Redhawks for most of the night, totaling less than 10 points in two of the four quarters of play Tuesday. The Cavaliers, now 2-2, were led in scoring by junior Tamaury McDowell (8).
Cuthbertson has the opportunity to get back on track Friday as it hosts winless Parkwood. Monroe, meanwhile, will look to continue its winning ways Thursday night at home against Charlotte Catholic.
Weddington 89, Marvin Ridge 28In the most lopsided contest of the year so far, the Weddington boys defeated Marvin Ridge by 61 points on the road Tuesday to stay a perfect 5-0 on the season. The Warriors shot a combined 37-of-61 (60.1%), including 13-of-29 (44.8%) from 3-point range.
Junior A.J. Cook scored a career-high 25 points against the Mavericks (1-3) while making 7-of-11 shots from 3-point range. Senior Brock Bowen (13) and sophomore Evan Morton (10) also scored in double figures for the Warriors, while junior guard Chase Lowe had four points, four rebounds and four assists.
The Warriors currently boast the top offense in the Southern Carolina Conference, averaging 73.8 points per game this season. The next closest team in the SCC in scoring average is Charlotte Catholic (58.5).
Weddington will look to stay undefeated Friday night when it takes on Piedmont. Marvin Ridge will host Sun Valley on Friday.
Forest Hills 70, Mount Pleasant 50After dropping its first conference matchup in nearly three years the last time out against West Stanly, the Forest Hills boys got back on track with a 70-50 win over Mount Pleasant on the road Tuesday.
The Yellow Jackets (4-1, 2-1 RRC) got another strong performance Tuesday from sophomore forward Zack Barbour, who scored 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with nine rebounds. The Jackets had four players score in double figures, including sophomores Ty Burch (13) and Jakaree Byrams (11) and senior Jamylan Blakeney (10) were also in double figures.
Next up for the Yellow Jackets is a matchup with Central Academy on the road Friday night. Forest Hills hasn’t lost to CATA since a 70-64 defeat back on Dec. 18, 2012. The Yellow Jackets have won 14 straight over the Cougars since.
Odds and ends …… The Sun Valley boys fell to Charlotte Catholic, 50-41, at home Tuesday. The Spartans are 0-8 against Catholic since the Cougars joined the SCC in 2017-18.