Over the past two years, Weddington High junior Chase Lowe has been named the county’s best freshman and best overall player by The Enquirer-Journal, and now the 6-foot-5 point guard has accomplished another impressive feat.
In last Friday’s win over Charlotte Catholic, Lowe became the first player in program history to record a triple-double. He finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. He’s the first Union County player, boy or girl, to accomplish a triple-double since former Weddington guard Stephanie Watts totaled 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over Piedmont on Jan. 21, 2014.
“There’s only one thing better than getting a triple-double, and that’s getting a triple-double against Catholic, our rival,” Lowe said. “It was a great moment for the team and a great moment in my career. My teammates made it really easy for me ... I’ve got to give a lot of credit to those guys for making my job a lot easier as a point guard.”
Lowe has been a force for the Warriors since he came onto the scene as a freshman during the 2018-19 season. In his first year of high school basketball, Lowe led the team in points (14.5), rebounds (8.9), assists (3.3) and steals (2.4). He did the exact same thing as a sophomore last year while improving his averages in nearly every statistical category — 16.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.4 steals.
The Warriors have gone 34-20 over the past two years under head coach Gary Ellington and won last season’s Southern Carolina Conference title. This could be the year Weddington challenges for a championship at the state level.
For his part, Lowe has averaged 15.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 4.3 steals per game. If he keeps up this pace, he could finish the season with over 1,000 career points, 700 career rebounds, 300 career assists and 200 career steals. He hasn’t picked u scholarship offer yet. Lowe said he has received interest from Yale, Princeton, Bucknell, Charleston Southern, Winthrop, Presbyterian and Virginia.
“This offseason, I really focused on my 3-point shooting, my ball-handling and just getting stronger,” Lowe said. “As the point guard, I have to protect the ball without turning it over and give the ball to my teammates in open positions for them to be able to score efficiently, just like Friday night.”
Weddington hasn’t been competitive at the state level since Ryan Schwieger graduated in 2017, but this could be the year the Warriors can make a deep run. To do so, Weddington will need a big year from not only Lowe, but his supporting cast.
Fortunately for the Warriors, they have several other players who have proven they can contribute on any given night. Weddington is the only team in the county with five players currently averaging over 8.5 points per game — Lowe (15.3), senior Brock Bowen (11.5), junior Kyle Frazier (10.5) senior Caleb Wetherbee (9.0) and junior Austin Cook (8.5).
Even though the Warriors are averaging a County-best 70 points per game this season, they haven’t quite hit their stride shooting the basketball yet. Weddington has made 105-of-224 field goals (46.9%) and 30-of-92 three-pointers (32.6%).
“We haven’t shot the ball our best yet this season, but our defense has really been able to keep us in these games,” Lowe said. “I think we can definitely shoot the ball a lot better than we are right now, and I think you’ll see that later in the season. I’m not worried. We have some great shooters on the team and we will hit our rhythm very soon.”